Who knew that the ordinary Cauliflower could be used for so many things. People have gone mad on it lately within certain ‘foodie’ communities, using it for mash, rice, pizza bases and even cheesecake! (can’t say I’ve tried the latter).
I take the view that everything needs to be in balance when talking nutrition. Yes there are always more healthful foods, and yes it will benefit you to eat these the majority of the time, but it is also important not to build some sort of ‘good and bad’ foods list in your head or on your fridge. Going out of your way to avoid ‘bad’ foods can sometimes have a counterproductive effect, for example, you refuse a piece of normal cheesecake, muffin or cake, but eat an excess of ‘healthy’ treats, such as Cauliflower cheescake, (although maybe I’m missing something here, it may just be delicious who knows). My point being is that you can sometimes consume more under the guise of it being ‘healthy’, which does your digestion no favours, and if weight loss is a goal then it can be a good way to stall progress.
With that all said, there are times when finding a suitable alternative to your favourites can be useful. Times when you are trying to reach specific goals, battling an autoimmune disease, or dealing with some other specific health condition require that extra mile to swap out generic food for something else. Or maybe, just maybe, you fancy trying something different and are up for the challenge.
This recipe is for those times.
It is damn simple to make, it could be a great way to get more veg into you or your children, and it really does substitute for rice pretty well, (as long as it is made right!), I’ve even used it to make homemade Sushi before. One word of warning, go into this with your eyes open. Don’t expect rice, it’s cauliflower, and at the end of the day, however much you ‘sex it up’, it’s still cauliflower. It is good though and worth a try at the very least.
What you need:
- 1 large head of a Cauliflower
- 1-2tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Pepper
- 1-2tsp Chilli powder, (optional)
- 1 tsp Paprika, (optional)
- 1 clove of Garlic – Crushed, (optional)
- 2-3tbsp oil for cooking, (Goose fat, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Ghee, Lard)
- Food processor or Grater
What you need to do:
- Cut the Cauliflower into chunks and put into your food processor, whizz up until throughly processed into very small pieces, (should resemble rice). If using a grater, grate the Cauliflower, this is quite time consuming but it does make slightly larger ‘grains’ of Cauliflower, which doesn’t clump so much when cooking.
- Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Once the pan is warm, add the Cauliflower and seasonings.
- Continue to stir, (if you have food processed the Cauliflower then you will need to make sure it doesn’t clump together. The salt will help dry it out but make sure you continue to stir so that it doesn’t form large clumps and it to allow cook evenly).
- Cook on medium heat for approximately 10 to 15 minutes until soft, stirring at intervals throughout cooking.
- You may need to add more oil whilst cooking as the Cauliflower can be quite absorbent.
This is great served as rice alongside a chilli, or mince dish of some sort. I also use it to serve with pulled pork, stir fry or roasted veg on top, the options are endless.
Give it a try, you might just like it! 😉