A rice alternative that is easy to make, delicious and promotes good health!
Grocery store samples are one of my favorite things. Any opportunity to try a delicious bite-sized morsel of goodness to help satisfy my hunger as I walk down aisle after aisle of food, count me in. If you’re lucky, it might be sample day. Jackpot. I struck gold when I walked into Wegmans this past weekend, as everyone flocked to the available samples like a band of seagulls. I’ll go ahead and plead guilty. First thing in my direct path? Cauliflower rice.
Have you heard of it? Have you had it? I might be a little late to the game here, but it’s so good! And so easy! Cauliflower is one the healthiest vegetables on the planet. And in raw form, it’s art. The little white undeveloped flowers spiral together, forming what looks like a winding staircase of clouds. This is the part of the vegetable that we eat — plain, right off the head, or cooked into our favorite dishes. Not only is cauliflower a great source of Vitamin C, it also contains sulforaphane, which promotes good heart health, has been linked to the prevention of cancer and helps digestion. This powerful little veggie contains numerous vitamins and antioxidants, making it a necessary staple to work into our diets.
I had never heard of cauliflower rice before I sampled it. In the pan, it looked exactly like rice. Essentially, it’s grated cauliflower, made easily by with cheese grater or food processor. You can also find it packaged in select grocery stores (you can definitely find it at Wegmans!)
This food hack is not only a great way to get more vegetables into your diet, but it’s also a great alternative to rice if you’re trying to cut back on carbs. You’re looking at about 25 calories per 100g, where white rice is about 140 calories per 100g.
The easiest way to cook it is in a pan with some coconut oil. Heat up the oil, drop in your cauliflower rice, and heat until soft and golden brown. I’d give it about 15 minutes over medium-high heat. Sprinkle in some salt and pepper to taste, or any seasoning of your choice.
And that’s it! Easy as pie, yeah? You can serve it plain as a side dish, or use it as you would rice in any dish! Add it to a stir-fry or casserole, or try cooking it with some black beans and spinach for a healthy and delicious taco filler!
+How do you eat cauliflower rice? Let us know in the comments below!
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