Cauliflower has become a staple in my house. While I can't speak for the rest of my family (ok, Octavian won't touch the stuff), I probably eat cauliflower in one shape or another every single day.
It's just soooo good.
And then some genius person invented cauliflower rice. It definitely was not I, but I would love to hug the brilliant individual that did. I mean cauliflower RICE! (or couscous) Genius.
Unless it's buttered bread or a bowl of pasta, I am happy to swap out carbs whenever possible. No no, I'm definitely not anti-carbs, however, if there is ever a chance to eat extra veggies, I will. After all, I love vegetables like I love chocolate.
So, cauliflower rice. At first I was skeptical. Then Trader Joe's came out with their own FROZEN cauliflower rice. So, I picked up a bag and mixed it with regular rice. I couldn't even taste a difference. From that moment there was no looking back, at least, for me. I still prepare regular rice for Octavian, but whenever I'm preparing rice to eat with a curry, stir fry, stew or side to other tasty veggies, cauliflower rice it will be.
When I discovered how often I was eating cauliflower rice, I decided it was time to start making my own; at least on those occasions that I have time.
You guys, it is SO EASY. All you need is a cheese grater or (ideally!) a food processor. WHAM BAM! Less than 5 minutes and your very own cauliflower rice or couscous ready to be eat or cooked.
Prep Time: 5 minutes / Cook Time: 5-8 minutes / Total Time: 10-15 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings
1 large head cauliflower
1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
salt + pepper (to taste)
- Cut the cauliflower into quarters and break it into large florets using your hands. Thoroughly wash and dry the cauliflower. Once dry, transfer the cauliflower to a food processor, filling only approximately 2/3 way full. You may need to do this in two batches.
- Pulse the cauliflower in 1-second pulses or until desired size (it will resemble couscous). If you do not have a food processor, you can grate the florets on the large holes of a food grater, however this method is much messier and time consuming, so use a food processor if you have one.
- To cook your cauliflower rice- Heat 1 tablespoon of butter or olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in couscous and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper, stir. Cover the skillet and cook for approximately 5 minutes or until the couscous is desired tenderness.