Selective breeding over the centuries created a whole slew of new vegetables with the first being kale and collard greens.
Who would have thought that the cauliflower we know and love was created through the intervention of man.
Before then carrots were purple, yellow or white.
Humans have intervened to make a lot of things different than they were originally, some for better, and some for worse.
All for the better in the case of the cauliflower.
What is Cauliflower Rice?
Cauliflower contains magnesium which is vital for the functioning of many enzymes in the body.
Calcium in cauliflower is good for your bones, and the potassium supports good cardiovascular health.
Vitamin C, Vitamin K, B6, all good things to include in your diet.
One cup of cauliflower gives you over 70% of the requirement for vitamin C for example.
Also contained in cauliflower rice is phosphorous, iron, niacin, riboflavin, potassium, manganese, and very importantly Vitamin B5.
B5 is one of the most important supporters of human life.
It is crucial for making blood cells, and helps convert the food you eat into energy.
All of these benefits from delicious food!
What could be better?
Oh, and as an added bonus for those avoiding gluten, cauliflower rice is of course naturally gluten free.
How to Make Cauliflower Rice
Start with a head of cauliflower.
Cut the cauliflower florets, wash, and then tamp dry with a paper towel.
You want it to resemble the size of short grain rice.
An alternative method is to use a box grater and grate your cauliflower until you have you desired form.
I will then place the cauliflower rice into a cheesecloth lined colander and squeeze any excess liquid from the cauliflower.
This will ensure you don’t end up with waterlogged meals.
You can eat cauliflower rice either cooked or raw, whatever your preference.
The cauliflower can be stored in this form in the fridge for up to five days, or alternatively you can freeze it for up to a month.
Cauliflower Fried Rice
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How to Cook Cauliflower Rice
One of the best ways to eat is when it is simply seasoned with salt and pepper.
Another idea is to use cauliflower rice as an alternative to bread crumbs when making chicken nuggets, or you can use it to form the crust for a pizza by shaping it and cooking it quickly in the oven before place the toppings of your choice.
How to Make Cauliflower Rice Taste Good
There are so many ways to make cauliflower rice taste good.
Cauliflower rice stuffing, Thai chicken cauliflower rice, Indian cauliflower chickpea biryani, and pretty much as a substitute for most rice dishes.
Can You Freeze Cauliflower Rice?
And no defrosting necessary when you get ready to cook it, in fact that is the preferred method after freezing, thawing will make the cauliflower rice mushy.
Fill a freezer bag a little less than half full.
Seal after removing the air in the bag, and freeze flat.
Where to Buy Cauliflower Rice
Most major grocery stores such as Costco, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s, sell both fresh and frozen cauliflower rice.
Making your own is definitely the way to go, especially the fresh variety, it will be so much fresher and last longer.
Plus a lot of the store bought cauliflower rice is made from the stems and not the florets.
What to do With Cauliflower Rice
You can use cauliflower rice in place of rice in most dishes.
You can use it as an alternative when making sushi rolls.
Be creative and see what you can come up with as a way to use cauliflower rice.
Cauliflower Stir Fry
For the Stir Fry
For the Chicken Marinade
- Mix all ingredients for the marinade together in a bowl.
- Slice the chicken breast into strips and marinade in your mix for at least 4 hours (preferbaly overnight).
- Over a medium heat, add the sesame oil to a large saucepan or wok.
- Add the cauliflower rice to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
- Sprinkle cashews on top and serve.