Cauliflower Rice

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When I started The Diet my friend Kelly G, wrote me saying….¨Well, good luck and lots of cauliflower rice´..I didn’t pay too much attention and although I knew about it, it was never something that really pushed me to try!

Well, I can say that after running out of no carbs options for side dishes, specially for the ones where you have very nice sauces and you need something to soak those flavours….I am very pleased to say I found it!

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This recipe is from the cute Hemsley Sisters and you can watch their video online here.

I am already imagining a mixture of cauliflower and broccoli rice, for some colour and taste, or with coconut oil, grated fresh ginger and some coriander as a side for a Thai green curry …Yeah!!

The Hemsley sisters suggest to also use it for example as you would use cous cous or to make some nice tabbouleh recipes. 

I used olive oil and added a few drops of lemon and some smoked paprika! 

INGREDIENTS 

  • 1 large cauliflower
  • 1 teaspoon of oil (olive oil, coconut oil)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • sea salt and pepper
  • smoked paprika (optional)
  • some drops of lemon juice to taste (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Remove the cauliflower leaves and the tough end of the stalk. Use a food processor (the s-curved blade or grater attachment) or the coarse side of a grater to grate the cauliflower into rice-sized pieces.
  • In a wide frying pan, pour the olive oil or melt the coconut oil, add the grated cauliflower with the water and stir.
  • Cook over a medium heat, with a lid on, to let the grated cauliflower steam for 4-5 minutes until tender but still with a little bite. Check after 3-4 minutes to make sure that there is still enough water in the bottom of the pan to stop the cauliflower catching. I had to add a little bit more water after 5 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve. 

Tips:

  • As I was having this as a side dish for a meat bolognese sauce I added some smoked paprika and a few drops of lemon! Worked like a charm!
  • Depending on what you are eating it with, you can make changes…well, I am most definitely going to! A mix of cauliflower and broccoli to give some colour and taste.
  • If eating it as a side of a green curry, make the cauliflower rice with coconut oil, add some grated fresh ginger and coriander.

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