A Quick and Easy Cauliflower Rice Recipe
Although I like a good dose of carbohydrates, I always like to find ways to reduce the number of carbohydrates in my meals. I'm a big fan of zucchini noodles (also known as "zoodles"), and more recently I've also discovered a taste for cauliflower rice recipes.
In general, I've never been a big rice fan in general. Unless it's fried rice with pork and steamed vegetables from our Chinese food stall, I'm usually not the one to do it. I've already experimented with some recipes from rice and although they turned out to be good, it's still not my cup of tea. Fortunately, cauliflower rice came to the rescue here.
Some recipes even call for cauliflower rice, such as this paleo tomato chicken curry, which is low in carbohydrates yet tasty for all. You can also try making a cauliflower crust for pizza with this rice, or even cauliflower tots if you feel particularly adventurous. Or, my personal favorite, a simple fried rice with teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, sauteed vegetables and a scrambled egg.
There are so many creative uses for cauliflower rice that your options are endless. I share my simple step-by-step guide to making Cauliflower rice at home. This recipe can easily be doubled so you can prepare meals and store them for future meals!
Homemade Cauliflower Rice Recipe
Makes 6-8 servings
1 head cauliflower
1 tablespoon of olive oil
How to do it
When I buy cauliflower, I like to look for a cauliflower with many flowers. In this way I can process even more cauliflower rice. Normally, I find cauliflower near salad or broccoli in the grocery department's grocery department.
While you might try to dig into the cauliflower and break it without removing the stalk, I find that challenging. I like to remove the bottom of the cauliflower first, to make it easier to cut the cauliflower into florets.
As you divide the cauliflower into florets, the size depends on the type of method you use to "chop" the cauliflower. If you want to grate the cauliflower, make the florets bigger. If you use a food processor, make it smaller.
In addition, you do not always have to cut off the stem of the cauliflower. The whole thing is quite good rice and gives the rice a variety of textures. Once you have broken it, you can also rasp (or process) the whole flower if you want.
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There are two ways you can prepare cauliflower with rice: You can use a food processor or simply grate it by hand.
Rice Method # 1: Food Processor
Cauliflower processing is probably the easiest way to cut in less time. Lead the cauliflower with the friction disc through the food processor. My food processor is connected to my KitchenAid blender, so I put the KitchenAid bowl underneath to catch the rice.
Rice method no. 2: grid
If you do not have a food processor, rubbing is the next best thing. It will take a bit of time (and some strength) to get through all the florets, but there will still be rice. I chose the largest mesh holes in this method, simply because there was thicker rice. However, if you prefer a thinner rice (rather couscous or quinoa), you can always use a different grid size.
Cooking cauliflower rice is even easier than cutting it! All you have to do is cook the cauliflower rice on a pan over medium to medium heat with a little olive oil and other spices, if desired. Boil it for three to five minutes, but do not let it sit there long. The last thing you want is mushy rice! The texture is pleasant to eat when you limit the cooking time on the pan.
Cauliflower Rice Full Recipe
- Cut off the bottom of the cauliflower. Compost the leftovers.
- Cancel large cauliflower florets. If you want to rub the cauliflower by hand, do so with the larger florets. When placing the cauliflower in a food processor, break the cauliflower into small florets.
- Grate (or process) the florets in a small, rice-like texture.
- Heat a pan over medium to medium heat with olive oil.
- Cook the cauliflower rice for 3-5 minutes until it is soft but not mushy.
- Serve as a rice substitute for any dish based on rice!
Not sure if you want Cauliflower rice? You could try making cauliflower puree instead!