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As I’ve made my way along the grain-free path, I’ve often found myself craving rice. Honestly, it’s been the only grain that I miss. So when I discovered lots of grain-free foodies turning cauliflower into “rice,” I must admit, I was a bit skeptical. But thank goodness my curiosity was greater than my doubt, because I truly enjoy this newfound alternative!
In fact, I’ve been having lots of tasty-fun creating my own versions of cauli-rice like this highly versatile, yet simple, seasoned cauliflower rice dish. So if you’ve been on the fence about trying cauli-rice too, let me assure you – it’s absolutely delicious, nutritious, and really easy to make!
Wondering how to magically transform cauliflower into a highly nutritious grain-free rice dish? Let me show you just how simple it is …
How to Make Cauliflower Rice …
Step 1: Rinse and Dry a Head of Cauliflower
Purchase a large head of cauliflower; rinse well and dry thoroughly before cutting. I usually get my cauliflower from Trader Joe’s because they sell it by the head, not by the pound. (So you guessed it, I dig around in search of the largest cauliflower in the bin. And you should too! After all, the bigger the cauliflower, the more rice you’ll have to enjoy!)
Step 2: Cut Out the Core of the Cauliflower and Cut into Florets
Place the core face up and then carefully use a sharp knife to cut in a circular pattern around the core. Removing the core makes it much easier to cut the cauliflower into even-sized florets.
Step 3: Using a Food Processor, Pulse Cauliflower Florets into Rice
Place half of the cauliflower florets into a food processor. Cover and pulse until the cauliflower resembles rice grains.
By slowly pulsing the cauliflower, you will be able to carefully monitor your progress in reaching grain-sized pieces.
Step 4: Sauté and Steam the Cauliflower in a Large Skillet
Add the cauliflower rice to a large skillet and cook as directed in the recipe below. It only takes about 10-15 minutes to cook cauli-rice, so it really is a pretty quick dish to put together even on a busy night. (Especially if you process the cauliflower on your prep day and place it in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to cook it. See recipe instructions below for details.)
Step 5: Enjoy!
For those of us who’ve been missing rice, cauli-rice is a dream come true! You simply won’t believe how delicious cauli-rice is until you try it for yourself. It’s mild flavor and rice-like texture makes it the perfect addition to any meal that calls for rice.
Ready to give cauli-rice a try?
Below you’ll find my simple seasoned cauli-rice recipe. It really is a delicious grain-free alternative to rice! Use it as a base for your favorite stir fry. Or serve it alongside your favorite grilled meats, poultry, fish and veggies.
And by changing the herbs used, you can create a customized flavorful “rice” dish to complement just about any main dish you desire. (See recipe notes for details.)
P.S. The lovely napkins featured in these photos are courtesy of my friends at Hen House Linens. I just adore their beautiful table linens, and even more so, their mission to make mealtimes special by adding a touch of warmth and beauty to the table.
For even more delicious cauliflower rice recipes, I highly recommend picking up a copy of Meals Made Simple by Danielle Walker. It’s truly one of my favorite grain-free cookbooks, and it’s what finally convinced me to give cauli-rice a try. Yum!