Coconut Lime Cauliflower Rice (Grain-Free Healthy Substitution)
Whether you’re trying to fix some digestive issues (bloating, IBS, etc), lose a few pounds, or balance your blood sugar and mood, it might be a good idea to lay off the grains for a bit, including brown rice, quinoa, beans and oatmeal.
I’ve been using this recipe lately in place of rice and quinoa in my favorite weeknight dinners like stir-frys and skewers. It’s not only quick and easy, but loaded with good stuff.
Why It’s Good For You
Cauliflower is chalk-full of vitamin C (cancer-fighting antioxidants), a good amount of vitamin K (anti-inflammatory), a ton of fiber (to keep things moving) and is also a low-glycemic food (for balanced blood sugar and mood). I recommend eating it 2-3 times per week. Here’s a think-outside-the-box way to enjoy it more often.
COCONUT LIME CAULIFLOWER “RICE” RECIPE
(vegan + gluten free + dairy free + grain free)
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
INGREDIENTS: use organic whenever possible
- 1 head of cauliflower, rinsed
- 1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil
- 2 scallions, diced
- 1 lime, juiced
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
- sea salt and pepper, to taste
Remove the core and chop the cauliflower into small florets. Using a blender, add a handful of florets and grind until you have pieces the size of rice. Remove into a mixing bowl and set aside. Continue adding a handful at a time until you’ve finished grinding all the florets. You can also use a food processor to get the desired size of your “rice.”
NOTE: Don’t blend or process too much or the cauliflower will be mushy. Nobody likes mushy cauliflower.
Heat the coconut oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Saute scallions and a pinch of salt for about 3 minutes, until soft. Add the “rice” to the saute pan and bring the heat up to medium-high. Cook for another 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently. You want the cauliflower to be a bit crispy on the outside but still tender when you bite into it.
Turn the heat off, add lime juice, cilantro and sea salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately with your favorite protein or save for later in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
COOK’S TIP: Experiment using other oils and/or herbs to get the flavor you like best.
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