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If you’re trying to reduce or eliminate grains from your diet or just simply want new dishes to add to your repertoire, cauliflower rice is one of my absolute favourites! It’s pretty much become a staple dish in our household. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the occasional bowl of rice but cauliflower “rice” is much easier on my digestive system, it packs more of a nutritional punch and is nice and light which leaves me feeling good after a meal.
Cauliflower is delicious on its own but also has quite a neutral flavour which makes it great at taking on the flavour of anything that you add to it. It’s a very hefty and dense cruciferous vegetable which makes it very satisfying and can easily be the star of any dish.
I pick one or two up from the market almost weekly, since this is such a versatile veggie I can incorporate it into many dishes. At the start of the week I do my meal planning and prep a few things to help save time in the kitchen during the week. This includes chopping veggies, browning meat, making dips and sauces or in this case, processing (or grating) the cauliflower so I can whip it up anytime during the week. Doing this kind of prep will save me at least 20-30 minutes each time I prepare a meal. Times that by 2 larger meals a day x 7 days…that’s 4 ½ hours a week! If you have a food processor you can literally process the rice in less than minute. If you don’t, then a grater works well too, it just takes a little longer!
Anywhoo, I love cauliflower rice. This is a super basic “pilaf” recipe. Feel free to spruce it up with sliced olives, slivered almonds, grated orange zest, parmesan or parsley. DO it. You know you want it.
BASIC CAULIFLOWER RICE PILAF
1 head cauliflower, grated
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 small red onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
2-3 tablespoons water or stock
Salt and pepper to taste
One of my great joys in life is cooking! As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) & food lover I continue to explore the balance between healthy, traditional food preparation and tasty dishes.
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