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Easy Awesome Cauliflower Recipes

Updated on April 19, 2012

Introducing...

Whether you have a dietary need to fill or simply just love cauliflower, here are some of the best recipes for using cauliflower as the main attraction. Cauliflower no more can be thought of as a side dish. Low-carb and diverse in texture it is hitting the main stage in such a big way I predict parents will start naming their first born after it. I'm proud to introduce CAULIFLOWER!

Other than it's natural state, there are two other textures that you can create with cauliflower.

For mashed textures, a regular blender works O.K. but it can be frustrating trying to get it all the lumps out. For riced texture, a hand chopper works great and it has a small kitchen footprint and cleans quickly. If you have the space and money a food processor is best for creating both mashed and riced textures.

Cauliflower Rices

6 different recipes!

I love Asian food, but I didn't realize that I'd miss rice so bad. I found the easiest way to flavor the "rice" is with cooking oils and vinegars.

For Sticky Sushi Rice

Ingredients

1 large head of cauliflower

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoons salt

1 tablespoons mirin or (soy sauce, if using swap salt for same amount sugar)

2 oz. cream cheese

Directions

1. Rice cauliflower in chopper or food processor and transfer to cooking pan.

2. Heat and stir cauliflower on stove-top for about 10 minutes to reduce water content.

3. Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients.

4. Let cool before creating sushi.

For Asian/Indian rice

Ingredients

1 large head of cauliflower

1 tablespoon Sesame Oil.

Soy Sauce to taste (optional)

Directions

1. Rice cauliflower in chopper or food processor.

2. Heat pan with Sesame Oil.

3. Stir and fry "rice" in oil.

4. Add soy sauce before serving.

For Thai Coconut Rice

Ingredients

1 head of cauliflower

2 tablespoons thick coconut cream from canned coconut milk.

2 heaping Tbsp. dry shredded unsweetened coconut (baking type) ::Bob's Red Mill is the only one I can find in stores::

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. coconut oil

Directions

1. Rice cauliflower in chopper or food processor.

2. Heat pan with Coconut Oil.

3. Add all ingredients to pan.

4. Stir and fry in oil.

For Mexican/Southern Rice

Ingredients

1 head of cauliflower

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 tablespoon cumin

2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

pinch of cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1/4 cup chopped white onion

1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper

Directions

1. Rice cauliflower in chopper or food processor.

2. Heat pan with Canola Oil.

3. Saute garlic onions and peppers for 3 minutes.

4. Add rest of ingredients, stir and cook till done.

For Italian Rice

Ingredients

1 head of cauliflower

2 tablespoons full flavor virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1/2 package of frozen spinach

1/4 cup chopped roasted sweet red pepper

1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1. Rice cauliflower in chopper or food processor.

2. Heat pan with olive oil.

3. Saute garlic and spinach.

4. Add cauliflower, stir and cook 8-10 minutes.

5. Transfer to serving bowl and mix in balsamic and sweet red pepper. Salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with a little more olive oil.

Faux Risotto

Ingredients

1 head of cauliflower

1 tablespoon white wine (cooking wine is fine but has high sodium so omit salt if using)

1 tablespoon chicken stock

4 oz of cream cheese

1 tablespoon of butter-diced

1/2 cup of finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions

1. Rice cauliflower-or hand chop, pieces can be bigger than normal rice.

2. In a pan stir and cook cauliflower with wine and chicken stock.

3. Remove from heat and quickly stir in cream cheese, butter and parmigiano-reggiano.

4. Serve.

Faux Tatoes

Cauliflower mashed potatoes

One of the easiest recipes is mashed cauliflower. Cauliflower has a lot of water content so avoid adding more liquid than you have to.

Ingredients

1 head of cauliflower, blended

1 tablespoon butter

salt to taste

Variations - Bacon, Cheese, Garlic, Jalapeno, Wasabi, Ranch, Fiesta Ranch,

Directions

1. Blend cauliflower till smooth and transfer to a cooking pan.

2. Heat and stir cauliflower on stove-top for about 10 minutes to reduce water content.

3. Add salt to taste, some add cream cheese to thicken even more.

Do you have a favorite "rice" recipe?

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      knitstricken 4 years ago

      This are great faux rice recipes! Thanks much!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I like what I see here! :)