There is much ado about rice. White rice or brown rice? To eat it or not? Both white and brown rice have benefits, and both have a place in a healthy diet. But here is my question. Do we actually love rice itself, or do we love everything that goes along with it—the vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, and of course, seasonings? I love a spicy vegetable curry strewn over rice, fried rice overflowing with vegetables, and rice pilaf alongside a Mediterranean salad. But if given the choice to eat rice, just rice alone, I would pass. So, for me, rice is a carrier food—one that supports and enhances other foods. This got me thinking about all the anti-rice people out there, who are missing out on all the rice and fish, rice and chicken, rice and vegetable combinations. But if you don’t like it, you don’t like it. And more importantly, if you can’t eat it, then it’s not an option. So, I set out to find the perfect health-supportive, nutrient-rich, whole food rice substitute. And, in doing so, I think I discovered a carrier food that I like even more than rice—cauliflower!
Recipes for cauliflower rice are everywhere. So I read and tried a ton of them. But, I hadn’t found one that was both delicious enough and easy enough to be worth my time. Cauliflower rice is more labor-intensive than making rice, especially if you’re hooked on my oven-cooked rice method (sooo easy!). So, I set out to create a super-delicious cauliflower rice that is well worth the time spent cutting up the cauliflower and pulling out my food processor.
All you need for this month’s “go-to” recipe is six ingredients: cauliflower, olive oil, garlic, salt, lemon juice, and parsley—easy, right? The trick to this recipe, which makes it stand out from others, is to roast the “rice.” Roasting gives the riced cauliflower a more textured and complex mouth feel, making it all the more satisfying.
This Roasted Cauliflower Rice with Lemon & Garlic recipe makes a great side dish and can even become a light meal with the addition of feta cheese and pine nuts or walnuts. And to make this recipe more neutral for dishes that may not meld well with lemon or parsley, just take them out—no substitutes needed. I now swap the cauliflower rice for traditional rice in all my favorite dishes—including the vegetable curry, vegetable fried rice, and rice pilaf I savor.
Why use cauliflower rice over standard rice? First, it’s a great substitute if you’ve reached your carbohydrate intake for the day or just want to switch up your nutrients. Cauliflower is high in manganese, as well as immune-boosting vitamin C and vitamin B, which protects the cardiovascular system and the brain. Plus, some feel that rice (especially white rice) makes them hungry after an hour or two, while high-fiber cauliflower will keep you feeling satiated for longer and also aid in digestion.
Let me know how you choose to use cauliflower rice! And be sure to check out the variations in the recipe for more ideas to make this recipe your personal go-to.
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