Low-carb alternatives... I'm a bit late to the cauliflower "rice" party, mostly from a taste-trying perspective, if nothing else. And until relatively recently, I didn't feel much need for low-carb alternatives or calorie-counting, etc. But lately I've been trying some low-carb recipes and low-carb alternatives. My middle-aging body is beginning to not play well with carbs. Too much pasta, rice, bread...it all wants to stay at my waist and hips. My bread baking adventures continue, but I must eat it sparingly. My waistline is protesting. And shall I tell you about how bloated I feel after pasta, etc.? Or how I'm trying to figure out when to even put carbs in the day, because after 5pm I become like dough if I eat anything that's made of dough! No... ?! OK... we'll not go there today. ;)
And so, cauliflower rice... it makes a great substitute for rice, or couscous too! Low on carbs, low on calories. To really enjoy this, though, honestly, you have to like cauliflower to begin with. On it's own, it can be a bit bland. But when paired with anything that has a bit of a sauce, it's very good. Think Asian-style vegetable dishes... or perhaps an Italian-inspired meat/vegerable ragu. I like preparing it in a pan with some oil, as I feel it has more taste that way--more gentle flavor, slightly nutty. But it can be steamed in a pan with a little water, which saves calories.
For easiest preparation, a food processor or other vegetable chopper is VERY helpful. A box grater can also be used, of course, using the side with the largest holes.
Cauliflower Rice --makes 2 large portions, or 4 smaller servings
1 large cauliflower washed, dried, leaves removed, and cut into florets
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
Place half cauliflower florets in food processor, and pulse until finely chopped, with a grain-like texture. Prepare the cauliflower in two batches with the food processor for best results.
Heat a large pan, shallow pan/skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil, and once it is heated, add the cauliflower rice. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until it is softened and turning slightly golden brown. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Have you had to make any dietary changes for health or happiness? Do you do low-carb recipes? Any favorite recipes/links to share?