It’s a hot, healthy trend, and the internet is buzzing about it. I have to admit I was skeptical, but with even celebrities have caught doing it. What is is? It’s called ricing your cauliflower. This under appreciated vegetable is gaining new found popularity as a substitute for rice. This trend is not just being celebrated by health fanatics or grain-free eaters either. Busy health conscious moms and people looking to sneak in some extra vegetables are now “ricing” this often snubbed vegetable.
Cauliflower is a one of the cruciferous vegetables and is in the same plant family as broccoli, kale, cabbage and collards. With the absence of chlorophyll you may think it is less healthy than its counterparts, but make no mistake cauliflower is full of nutrients including vitamin C. One cup of cauliflower can provide you with more than 70% of the daily recommended allowance of vitamin C and with only 29 calories in that same cup. Cauliflower is also rick in folate, vitamin B6, and Vitamin k. With over 80 nutrients present it is no wonder the latest trend is to substitute “riced” cauliflower in place of white or even brown rice.
“Ricing” your cauliflower can be done with either a food processor or if you don’t have that pricey food gadget you can even use a grater to rice your cauliflower. Simply rinse your cauliflower with cool water and then pat dry. Pull all of the leaves off and cut into florets. Put the florets in the food processor and pulse until they are finely chopped and look like rice. If you are going the cheese grater route, then grate your florets with the larger side of your grater. Again, the size should resemble that of rice grains.
“Riced” cauliflower can be sauteed in a skillet with your favorite oils and spices, or it can be used as a substitute for any recipe that calls for a bed a rice. Cauliflower rice can also be used in other recipes that call for white rice, but you may need to experiment with those. One that does work perfectly and is an online favorite is “cauliflower fried rice”. Many other cauliflower “riced” recipes can be found online including “cauliflower fritters”.
Cauliflower is high in nutrients and low in calories and you may suddenly want to try this latest trend but be aware cauliflower rice does not taste exactly the same as white rice. It is light and fluffy with the same grain-like texture but it has a mild taste difference that is still delicious. Cooked “riced” cauliflower has a more appealing taste for most as opposed to raw “riced” cauliflower used for salads and toppings.
So if you are looking for a way to add cauliflower to your diet or if you just want to lower the calories of your favorite dishes such as fried rice, then “ricing” cauliflower is definitely something to try. Your family probably won’t even know their white rice is missing and you will have served an easy guilt-free healthy meal for them.