Lime, cilantro, and rice ~ It’s cool, refreshing and similar to Chipolte’s cilantro lime rice except for one thing. . . there is no rice. Shh – don’t tell anyone that it’s really cauliflower.
I just love it when something healthy can be transformed into a healthier version of something else, like cauliflower rice. AND rice is not the only thing this versatile cruciferous vegetable can morph into. Think pizza crust, cream sauce and mashed potatoes.
Even though brown rice isn’t bad for you, cauliflower rice is much lower in carbohydrates than brown rice. One half cup of brown rice contains approximately 11 grams of carbohydrates with only 2 grams of fiber. Compare that to one half cup of cauliflower rice with approximately 7 grams of carbohydrates and 3 1/2 grams of fiber. Cauliflower is also packed with nutrients, including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Cauliflower rice is a good way to change things up while adding more vegetables into your day. PLUS it’s easy to prepare, with very little cooking. Place the cauliflower into a food processor and pulse until it looks like rice.
Place the “rice” in pan with a little bit of olive oil cook for about 10 minutes, stir in the lime juice and cilantro. Tastes great as a side dish with grilled chicken or fish.
- 4 cups cauliflower florets - about 1 small head or ½ large
- 1½ tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
- 2½ tablespoons chopped cilantro
- Place the cauliflower into a food processor and pulse until cauliflower begins to look like rice
- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat and add the cauliflower rice
- Continue to heat the "rice" stirring gently until it begins to soften - about ten minutes
- Add the remaining half tablespoon oil and lime juice and mix well
- Stir in the cilantro and serve