How To Make Cauliflower Rice (whole30)
Keep dinner-time low carb by learning how to make cauliflower rice! This cauliflower rice makes the perfect base for stir fry and Buddha Bowls, or even an easy side dish. Plus, it's made in just 15 minutes with no extras, this cauliflower rice recipe is the perfect meal prep recipe.
I think cauliflower has become the new “it” thing between cauliflower rice, cauliflower pizza, and cauli mashed potatoes (here are a few unique ways to use cauliflower!),
Indeed, it seems like you can do pretty much anything with this wonderful cruciferous vegetable! Moreover, it's a fun low-carb option but it also helps sneak more veggies into all of our diets so I really can’t complain!
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Confession: I was pretty anti-cauliflower rice for a very long time.
Not that I hate cauliflower! Not at all. Actually, as a cruciferous veggie, it comes with loads of health perks.
However, I also love carbohydrates. And if you’re choosing quality carbs, then carbohydrates are pretty awesome for you. In fact, quality is key!
However, my strike against this cauliflower craze is that one time I attempted to make cauliflower pizza crust and it was horrific. Like really and truly not awesome. It was wet, the texture sucked, and it wasn't something I ever wanted to touch again. But here we are 😉
A client asked me to make a bowl using cauliflower rice and I finally found a way to make it so I love it.
How To Use Cauliflower Rice
This cauliflower rice recipe is a simple one. Meaning, we use it mostly as:
- a base for bowl (like this Buddha Bowl)
- in place of pasta
- as a side dish
It's not a fancy recipe. In fact, this cauliflower rice recipe only contains six ingredients and two of them are salt and pepper! Thus, it's simple and lightly seasoned. which makes it perfect as an addition and not a full meal.
Is This Recipe Allergy-Friendly?
This cauliflower recipe is about as allergy-friendly as you can get!
The rice contains only vegetables and seasonings. Thus, it's low carb, paleo, vegan, and whole30 compliant.
Spicing It Up
As I mentioned, we primarily use this cauliflower rice as a base. But that doesn't mean you can't transform it into more. Indeed, adding in more vegetables (like sauteed mushrooms, carrots, or peas) and topping it with your favorite protein makes it more of a meal.
It really depends on what you want to use it for.
The reason I kept it simple was that I didn't want it to have its own flavor. Instead, I wanted it to take on the flavor of what it was paired with.
Keeping Dinnertime Simple
All of that makes this simple cauliflower rice now on regular rotation for our dinner menus. Both daughters love it and I love adding in the extra nutrient-filled veggie!
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- All of the recipes are real-food based and focus on nutrients not fillers
- They’re all tasty!
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- 2 heads cauliflower (6 cups ish shredded)
- ½ sweet onion, chopped (one overflowing cup)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 3 cracks pepper (or to taste)
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How To Make Cauliflower Rice
First, grate the cauliflower using a cheese grater. Alternatively, add it slowly into a food processor. When finished, you’ll have roughly six cups.
Second, in a large pan, heat the olive oil slightly over medium heat. Then, toss in the onions and garlic powder.
Add half the grated cauliflower to the pan and begin to cook for 3-4 minutes.
Add the remaining cauliflower and the spices.
Finally, cover and cook for 10-12 minutes stirring every so often. Once the rice is starting to brown on the bottom, remover cover and cook for 5 more minutes stirring once or twice. Further, season with salt and pepper to taste and remove from heat to serve.
Note: my cauliflower was somewhat dry after having sat in the fridge for a couple of days. If you notice your cauliflower looks “wet” when you grate it, press it into a strainer for a moment to release some of the water.
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Simple Cauliflower Rice
The cauliflower craze has come into full swing. Though I was extremely hesitant at first to replace my precious carbs with a veggie (albeit an awesome, cruciferous veggie), I have to admit that it’s delicious. Likewise, this cauliflower rice is easy to make and works well as both a side dish or the base of a bowl. Similarly, it adds another vegetable to the table (which we could all use!) and provides a great alternative to anyone who rocks a low carb or even gluten-free diet.