How to Make Cauliflower Rice

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.

Cauliflower Rice

Prep Time: 5 minutes / Cook Time: 5-8 minutes / Total Time: 10-15 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

1 large head cauliflower
1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
salt + pepper (to taste)

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Enjoy!

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