Cauliflower……a Healthy alternative to Rice

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!

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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 🙂

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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……

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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!

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And there you have it, cauliflower rice is ready to use! Told you it was easy right 🙂

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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.

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Seasoned in with salt and pepper and added some red pepper flakes and now it was time to taste it!

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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

1 lime
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!

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