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Cauliflower rice

Ok, have you heard about cauliflower rice?

According to Pinterest and other food blogs, I’m super late to the party.  This isn’t really much of a surprise though. I’m not exactly cutting edge when it comes to my kitchen creations.

I do recall reading about this somewhere a few months ago and thinking like it sounded like a novel idea. However, my inner five year old caught hold of me and I just couldn’t overcome my disdain for cauliflower. I’ve never liked it much on its own. Even when my mother would cover it in a nice cheese sauce, I still didn’t like it.  And that is saying a lot. There isn’t much I wouldn’t eat after it has been covered in cheese.

By the way, I keep reading that last sentence and thinking to myself that I need to freshen up on double negative usage.  It sounds correct to me, but it’s probably because I’ve read it twenty times.  I apologize if my grammar isn’t spot on today.

Cilantro Cauliflower Rice
Modified from this recipe

1 head cauliflower, core removed
2 tbsp melted butter
3/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
Juice from two limes
1 tsp garlic salt
S&P to taste

In your food processor, pulse the cauliflower head until it is finely chopped.  Place cauliflower pieces in a microwave safe bowl, and microwave for 5 minutes.

Stir in butter, cilantro, lime juice, garlic salt, and salt and pepper.  Mix together and adjust seasonings to taste.

I have to admit, this was pretty awesome.  Despite my house smelling like steamed cauliflower for several hours, I was very pleased with the outcome.  It could easily have been mixed into a taco salad as rice, but we ate it as a side. Even Wes who loathes cilantro, thought it was good.

I’m still praying that his tastebuds will eventually change and he will one day worship cilantro. I know this is highly unlikely.

The “rice” was fluffy, light, and full of flavor. It doesn’t quite hold water to Chipotle’s cilantro lime rice, but then again, what does?  I do recommend it as a healthy alternative for sides on taco night.

My books have slowly started coming in the mail from last week’s ordering fest. Expect some reviews within the next week or two!

May 30, 2012 - 11:31 am

Vicky - I must try this! Sounds so interesting! I made cauliflower mashed recently and absolutely loved it. I steamed a head of cauliflower for about 15 minutes then processed that in the food processor with a head of roasted garlic and a bunch of dill! So good!

May 30, 2012 - 12:44 pm

Linds - That sounds yummy! I usually mix my cauliflower mash with one or two potatoes, but I will have to try it with garlic and dill. Sounds fantastic.

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