The Phenomenon of Cauliflower

Hi Everyone! I have recently discovered a recipe for all of us rice lovers out there. I mean who doesn’t love rice… I do know that what we don’t like is the high amounts of carbs that come with it. Instead of rice, I have discovered how amazing the alternative of cauliflower rice really is, especially for us who are trying to eat healthier and fuel of mind and body with goodness.

So you may ask, what really are the advantages that cauliflower has? It’s made from one of the healthiest vegetables you can get because it is loaded with all the nutrients our bodies needs to survive, including fiber, vitamins C, K and B6, and potassium. Cauliflower also has much less calories per cup then brown rice. Cauliflower has 25 calories per cup vs. 218 for a cup of cooked brown rice. For those who are watching carbs, cauliflower has 5g of carbs per cup vs. 46g of carbs for a cup of brown rice. Overall, why not try substituting cauliflower rice instead of brown rice for your next meal!

So how do we get this mysterious cauliflower rice? Well you can either buy it prepackaged at Wegmans or you can make it yourself. One pound of cauliflower will yield about 4 cups of rice. You place the cauliflower in a food processor and pulse until the pieces are tiny enough to resemble grains of rice. You then transfer the newly made rice into a pan with some olive oil (a healthy fat) and which ever seasonings you like. You let the rice cook for about 8 minutes or until the rice is tender, while making sure to continuously stir the pan so it doesn’t burn.

In order to make the dish more of a meal, I like to add a few ingredients to help keep me fuller longer and give the rice some more flavor. It is basically my version of the Chinese place’s pork fried rice but with chicken. You need 2 eggs, 1/4 cup of carrots, 1/4 cup of onions, 1/4 cup of red peppers, and one grilled chicken breast. I make sure to cook the chicken and vegetables first before adding to the rice. You can add some low-sodium soy sauce to really give it that Chinese food taste.  And wha-lah you now have a healthier alternative to pork fried rice that is filled with protein and essential vitamins and minerals needed to fuel your body. Hope you enjoy it!

P.S. You can also make mac and cheese with the cauliflower rice too!

 

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