10 Easy Ways to Liven Up Your Cauliflower Rice
This low-carb alternative to rice is no longer just for Paleo devotees.
Published Jan 11, 2017 5:00 AM
Master the Basics
Before diving into the countless variations of cauliflower rice recipes, it helps to master the basics. This is an easy step-by-step guide to understanding how to make the rice yourself with either a food processor or a box grater.
With just a little prep and only one pan needed, fried rice makes for a quick weeknight meal with minimal cleanup. Take this dish to the next level without much more effort by swapping out the ginger powder for some freshly grated ginger. It’ll give the rice extra freshness and kick.
Buffalo Chicken Cauliflower Rice Bowl
Break out the Crock Pot for this hearty dish that brings the heat but barely any carbs. Simply chop up some chicken, add it to the slow cooker with a special sauce, and let it go for around three hours. Serve the chicken over cauliflower rice and top with blue cheese and you can pretend you’re eating buffalo wings.
Salmon with Lemon-Herb Rice
Salmon is so flavorful it doesn’t need to be fussed with much to make a great dish. Some lemon and fresh herbs will accentuate it really well. This recipe does just that, while still providing the clever twist of adding pine nuts to the rice, which provides a nice crunch.
Coconut Shrimp Curry
Ok, this recipe doesn’t actually call for cauliflower rice in its original iteration. However, that’s the beauty of cauliflower rice: Anywhere you see white rice used as a blank canvas on which a protein and sauce is added, you can just swap in this low-carb option. So go ahead and make this curry, and use cauliflower instead.
Chicken Fajita Bowl
You’ll want to plan ahead a bit with these fajitas to give the chicken enough time to rest in its spicy lime marinade. But you can use that hour or so to turn your cauliflower into rice and prep all of the vegetables for the dish.
Kielbasa and Zucchini Skillet
People sometimes confuse low-carb with “healthy.” There should be no such confusion here. This comfort food in a skillet uses fat rendered from the polish sausage and a half-stick of butter to cook the zucchini and cauliflower before topping the whole thing with shredded cheese. Save this recipe for your cheat day.
Cauliflower Rice with Spinach and Mushrooms
This flavorful, nutrient-packed recipe makes for the perfect side dish. To turn it into a complete meal, top it with a fried egg or add a seared chicken breast and call it dinner.
Italian Wedding Soup
Usually, this meatball-packed soup features Acini de Pepe—little pearl-like pasta that make it hearty enough to be a meal on its own. The carb conscious can still get their wedding soup fix if they swap in cauliflower rice.
Mexican-Style Rice with Guacamole
There’s an old saying that “butter makes everything better.” Well, it may also be true that guacamole makes everything better, including this low-carb version of rice and beans that comes together easily in one skillet.