Whether you’re going grain-free, looking for a tasty way to reduce calories and amp up nutrition, or simply obsessed with cauliflower like me, mastering the simple art of making fluffy cauliflower “rice” is a game-changing way to increase your daily veggie consumption. Just like with regular rice, a simple recipe will provide a more innocuous base, while adding in various seasonings can create a breadth of interesting flavor nuances. Below is one of my personal favorite “rice” recipes, which folds in coconut and lime flavors, mixed with fresh herbs as well as a hint of sweetness from coconut water powder (or simply use a touch of coconut sugar). If you like more bold flavors, you can also add in a little cayenne and turmeric.
Coconut Lime Cauliflower “Rice”
Finely chopped cauliflower acts like extra toothsome and tender rice for a guaranteed stand-out side dish.
MAKES 4 SERVINGS
1 head cauliflower
½ cup (packed) fresh cilantro, chopped
1/3 cup (packed) fresh mint, chopped
Zest of one lime
¼ cup lime juice
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon coconut sugar
½ jalepeno, seeded and diced
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
Sea salt and fresh black pepper
Cut off the cauliflower florets, and place in a food processor (you should have about 6 cups florets). Pulse the machine several times until the cauliflower has been broken down into small bits that resemble rice.