Rice. That’s made of cauliflower.
Yes, in cause you haven’t heard, this is a thing.
I don’t know who started it or how they came up with the idea, but it’s a recipe I’ve been enjoying as a low-carb alternative to white rice for nearly 2 years now.
Just recently, however, grocery stores like Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and even Wal-Mart have hopped on the cauliflower train and started providing their own freshly riced cauliflower.
Even the big business folks over at Green Giant and Bird’s Eye have gotten in on the fun.
While I’ve tried Wal-Mart’s fresh riced cauliflower and Bird’s Eye’s frozen riced cauliflower, I know Wal-Mart offers a 12 oz. bag for about $2.48, and Trader Joe’s offers a 16 oz. bag of the fresh stuff for $2.49.
Not too shabby.
BUT…(cause there’s always a but)…I found a 2.5-POUND (aka 40 oz.) head of cauliflower at Aldi this week for $1.68.
Talk about bang for your buck!
So today, I’m going to show you how 1) quick 2) easy & 3) cheap it is to make your own cauliflower rice and cauliflower rice kits just like the ones you’d pick up in the grocery stores.
Eggplant noodle lasagna.
Spaghetti squash casserole.
I’ve been on the paleo/low-carb party train for years now, and I love how the sky seems to be limit when it comes to new ways to enjoy not-so-healthy dishes.
And to be honest, I cannot believe I haven’t shared with y’all how easy peasy lemon squeezy it is to make cauliflower rice. I’m sorry to have selfishly hoarded this recipe from y’all all this time.
Well, I’m not only going to share with y’all my go-to cauliflower rice recipe (which can be doctored to nearly any flavor profile on the planet), I’m also revealing how simple it is to make your cauliflower rice kits at home.
For those of y’all who like math…here’s my brief breakdown:
Trader Joe’s Fresh Cauliflower Rice 16 oz, $2.49, 1 pound= $2.49
Green Giant Frozen Cauliflower Rice 12 oz. $2.48, 1 pound= $3.10
Healthy Happy Texan’s Homemade Cauliflower Rice, about 36 oz. $1.68, 1 pound= $0.74
YEAH! MATH! How bout them apples? Or, I guess I should say cauliflower!
And friends, if you’re planning on making one batch of riced cauliflower, go ahead and do your future self a favor and make a cauliflower rice kit to freeze for a zany rainy day.
It’s so SIMPLE!
Check out my 60 second YouTube video to see how crazy easy it is! Bonus points if you watch while doing a plank or squats...
Buy a head or two (or four if you’re ambitious) of cauliflower, cut them into florets or buy them already chopped into florets, throw them in your food processor or high-powered blender, pulse it into rice, and THAT’S IT!
Low-carb. Whole 30. Vegan. Paleo. Gluten-free. And all that jolly good fun.
From there, I usually keep my seasoning simple since I often serve a flavorlicious stir-fry, curry, jambalaya, or saucy somethin somethin on top of my rice.
But you could easily transform this to whatever is on the menu. Here are some ideas:
When it’s time to cook the rice, the secret is layering the flavors.
First up, brown a little garlic, onion, or shallot in butter, ghee, or coconut oil. Stir in the raw cauliflower rice to coat it in the garlic goodness.
Pour in 1 cup of liquid (I usually do half coconut milk and half Chardonnay or chicken stock). Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of salt and crank in the pepper. Let all that simmer over medium-low heat until the liquid is absorbed into the rice, which should take about 20 minutes.
Give it a taste and season it from there.
Leftovers will last 5-7 days in the fridge or freeze magically.
Try them with some fried eggs and bacon for breakfast for a FABULOUS way to use up those leftovers.
Let's Chat: How do you feel about cauliflower rice? What do you like to serve it with? Or have you never tried it? Are you curious about it?
If you're skeptical, remember Mr. HHT (lover of McDonald's and Oreos) loves white rice and also loves this recipe.
Healthy Happy Texan
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