Anyway who knows me well enough, knows that I love love love rice! White Rice, Wild Rice, Black Rice, Rice Salad, Fried Rice, Rice pudding and the list goes on and on!
I blame it on my dad <3. Although he was born in northern Italy, he was raised in Tianjin, China and during our childhood, rice was always on the table!
People have a hard time giving up pasta, potatoes, chocolate, etc. I have a hard time giving up rice 🙂
With that said, I am trying really hard so here is a replacement that I have been using to quench my “rice need”! Of course it makes it easier if you like Cauliflower which thank goodness I do, because my replacement is Cauliflower Rice……
Its so simple and easy. Just grab a head of cauliflower, get rid of the leaves and stalk and chop the florets in to manageable pieces. Place in a food processor and give it a quick whiz! Not too long as you don’t want it to turn into a gooey paste!
And there you have it, cauliflower rice is ready to use! Told you it was easy right 🙂
Now its time to put it into good use. I chopped up some garlic, ginger, onions and cilantro. I sautéed the first 3, I found 2 Uruguayan Chorizos in the fridge that I had cooked a few days ago (leftovers) and I chopped them too and added them to the pan. Finally I added the cauliflower rice and cilantro and gave it all a quick toss.
Seasoned in with salt and pepper and added some red pepper flakes and now it was time to taste it!
My daughter walked into the kitchen claiming she was hungry just as I was serving myself so as a good mama, I gave it to her and guess what? She liked it!
Yes I know its not rice but it does the job and tastes very nice. This doesn’t mean I am giving up on my loving rice, just means that every once in a while it will get replaced by cauliflower rice 🙂
Another variation I made for tomorrow is Cilantro Lime Cauliflower rice, I think this is my favorite for now! Again simple and easy
2 cloves of garlic
1 handful chopped cilantro
Place chopped garlic and rice in a pan and cook into nicely golden. Then add the chopped cilantro and juice of a lime. I added some more lime juice as I really like lime!