Wednesday, 1 October 2014

10-Minute Cauliflower Rice

In the UK, we seem to have some kind of obsession with carbohydrates. Most meals here seem to be at least 50% carbs and the sad fact is it's slowly making a lot of people here overweight.

You see, most people don't think a meal is a meal unless it has bread, rice, pasta, chips or some other form of carb and this makes it increasingly difficult for those who want to lose weight. The first thing they are told is to cut out the carbs but they really struggle without them filling up the stomach at meal times.

I've been dieting for over a year now and I'm doing pretty well. One of the secrets for me is replacing the carbs I miss with other little 'cheats' that make me feel like I'm having a full meal without the stodge. One of my secrets is the humble cauliflower!

cauliflower by Muffet, on Flickr
Photograph by  Muffet 

You see, chopped up finely and cooked in the right way, cauliflower makes a fantastic substitute for white rice! I know what you're thinking, I didn't believe it would taste good either but believe me it does. I even PREFER it to actual rice with something like a curry these days. Everyone knows cauliflower and curry is a match made in heaven!


This recipe is for a plain white 'rice' but really the possibilities with this are almost endless... When in season, a romanesco cauliflower rice is a lovely change, or you could spice it up by adding a clove, 2 cardamom pods, a cinnamon stick, bay leaf and a dash of turmeric. Perfect!

As you can see, I used my Froothie Optimum 9400 high speed blender to whizz up the cauliflower and it was done within seconds! WOW!


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Cauliflower Rice
A brilliant substitute for white rice, made from the humble cauliflower.
Ingredients
  • 1 medium Cauliflower
Instructions
1. Peel or cut off all the leaves and the stalk of the cauliflower and put these to one side; you could add them to a dish to accompany the rice!2. If you have a food processor or a blender that can chop, break the cauliflower into rough florets and process until the same size and texture as rice. If you don't have one of these machines, you can use a box grater to grate the whole cauliflower; the larger holes should give you roughly the right sized pieces.3. Tip into a microwavable dish and cover, then cook on high for around 7 minutes or until cooked through. Serve immediately.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 servings

I hope you enjoy my little secret. Leave me a comment if you try it; I'd love to know what you think!

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8 comments:

  1. Since blogging, I have put on a stone and a half Kevin. Need to kick that into shape!! Like the idea of this recipe

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    1. Well it certainly doesn't show, Stuart! Let me know if you give this a go... I think it is delicious!

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  2. Its been a while since I've had cauliflower rice. I enjoy eating cauliflower rice, more than the whole cauliflower itself http://allotment2kitchen.blogspot.co.uk/2009/11/cauliflower-imitating-rice-served-with.html
    I do like this quick method, so will have to try it out in my Optimum Blender too.

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    1. Yes, the optimum makes very light work of chopping the cauliflower but you do need to be very careful to only do it for a very short amount of time or you end up with a cold, thin cauliflower soup!

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  3. I bought a beautiful locally-grown cauliflower yesterday at a farm shop I was passing. My plan had been to make Aloo Gobi but the cauliflower seems too perfect to mar its flavours by currying it! Then up popped your recipe - perfect! I'll be making this tonight, thanks!

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  4. I always get the best results from my food processor for making cauli rice. I am surprised the high-speed blender worked at all.. although yours looks more like cauliflower snow than rice.

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    1. Well, isn't that one of the wonders of blogs? You get to learn a lot you didn't know before just by reading about food.

      Not sure if perhaps it's however you are viewing the blog that makes the rice look like snow, but it definitely looks like rice to me!

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