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Meat Free Monday {Cauliflower Rice}

Author: Lisa Soeno

If you’re invited round to mine for dinner any time soon, the chances are you will be served a dish containing cauliflower. Which sounds pretty random and decidedly unglamorous but bear with me. 

It all started when my mum came over from New Zealand to stay for a couple of weeks and give us a hand when Jenson was born. She’s super healthy anyway but had recently started a paleo diet and was appalled at the amount of chocolate and Crunchy Nut Cornflakes I was consuming. Having just had a baby it really wasn’t helpful at the time but the message stuck and I’m now making a conscious effort to take baby steps to improve my diet. And it involves a LOT of cauliflower consuming.

The main way I’m using said vegetable is to incorporate cauliflower rice into my diet as an alternative to rice. I’ve included a dead-easy Thai Green Curry recipe for two people below…the cauliflower rice complements Thai food perfectly because of the coconut oil used to cook the cauliflower. However, bite sized chunks of raw cauliflower also make an excellent snack to keep in the fridge and dip in to hummus or soup as a healthy alternative to bread.

When I first heard about cauliflower rice I thought it might be a bit complicated but it’s really the simplest accompaniment to make. The first time I gave it a whirl I had the genius idea of using a nutribullet to blitz the cauliflower as we don’t have a food processor (I know. I need to sort my life out). This was a mistake as I ended up with cauliflower puree. I’ve learnt my lesson and now just use a box grater – it gives the cauliflower such a rice-like consistency that when I served some up to my dad and explained how I’d made it, he asked me at which point I’d added the rice.


Thai Green Curry and Cauliflower Rice ingredients
  • 400g Quorn chicken chunks
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • ¼ jar of Thai Green Curry paste (I rate the Blue Dragon paste)
  • Your choice of vegetables. If I’m feeling flush I go for M&S Rainbow vegetable stir fry or if the cupboards are bare I will just chuck in an onion and some carrots
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
For the Cauliflower Rice:
  • 1 cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp raw coconut oil

{Method}

1. Heat the oil in a pan and lightly fry the quorn. Then add in the paste and cook for a couple more minutes.
2. Stir in the coconut milk, veg, salt and sugar.
3. Whilst that’s simmering make the rice by blitzing the cauliflower into tiny little pieces, either using a grater or a food processor. Then heat the coconut oil in a pan and add the cauliflower. Cook for five minutes.
4. Enjoy!


I’ve also served up cauliflower rice with a tofu stir fry, tandoori fish (I sprinkled in some curry powder and turmeric into the rice), and with Caribbean pork (I added garlic, onion and Moroccan spices to the rice). My next venture is going to be broccoli … Lauren tells me Madeline Shaw’s monkfish curry with broccoli rice is immense.

And if you still aren’t convinced by cauliflower, my other culinary obsession is those Cadbury Pots Of Joy (I did say baby steps. Don’t tell my mum).

Have YOU tried cauliflower rice? Anyone else currently obsessed with cauliflower or any other food for that matter?

{Contributors}

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Author: Lisa Soeno
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28 thoughts on “Meat Free Monday {Cauliflower Rice}

  1. Oooh a nice recipe for a damp Monday morning 🙂 I keep meaning to try cauliflower rice and the curry sounds lovely so I will definitely give it a go!

  2. Couple of tips…roasted cauliflower is the best thing ever. If you’re having Indian food then fry some cumin seeds in the pan before adding the cauliflower rice.

  3. I think I tried making cauliflower rice a few years ago and was massively put off by the huge mess I made. Cauli everywhere! Any tips specifically on that? Do others tend to use a food processor – the grater function? Thanks x

    1. I hate the mess too! I put a big bowl in the sink and grate the cauli over that. It’s still messy but it’s so worth it. X

  4. Lisa, I will be trying this out this week, thanks for the inspo, it’s so easy to get into a food rut and we definitely need to change things up in our house!

  5. I love cauliflower! Such an underused vegetable and as someone who rarely eats carbs or much meat, it’s a perfect accompaniment to curries – plus cauliflower curry on it’s own is great! Yay for the humble cauliflower!

  6. I find if you do use a food processor you need to squeeze out some of the excess moisture/ water in kitchen towel before cooking.

    My husband to be is a Cauli Farmer… so I have been given no choice but to start eating it!

    He will be super happy with this article! X

  7. I have Cauli rice quite a lot (to me, normal rice is such a waste of calories!) and also use it to make risottos, which works out really well. I’ve always used my Magimix to make it, but now I throw money at the problem and buy it pre-grated from Aldi. I think it’s 79p for a bag which is two portions, but means I don’t have random bits of Cauliflower rotting at the bottom of the veg drawer!

  8. I love cauli rice. It actually works really well for egg fried ‘rice’ with soya sauce peas added. But my favourite alternative food has to be butternut squash noodles (I like to call them squoodles!). I really don’t miss normal noodles with my stir fry. Delicious!

  9. Yet again I’m in sync with RMS! I’m reading this as I eat my cauliflower soup with chilli flakes! It looks like wallpaper paste but tastes so good! I had a cauli lurking in the fridge after I didn’t get around to eating the curry I was going to have with cauli rice so decided to whizz it up into soup. I also love it roasted, in a curry, and as rice. It means I can have a mini naan bread or pitta with my curry AND ‘rice’! Cannot get my head around the idea of eating it raw!

    1. Yessss to all of this Bunny! (Especially the naan and rice bit 😂). I was sceptical about eating it raw but seriously you need to try it with hummus! X

  10. Oh wow Lisa, you’ve definitely inspired me on this! Was going to make Charlotte some cauliflower cheese tomorrow but I think we’ll be trying the cauliflower rice now, yum!!! Sorry Charlotte, next time!! 😉

  11. Me and my husband LOVE carbs but have made a conscious effort to try and reduce our intake, especially in mid week dinners as we were finding that we just automatically cooked every meal with a potato, pasta or rice accompaniment!

    It has been so much easier to cut them out than i ever thought it would be. Cauliflower rice is a winner in our house and its so easy! I don’t even fry it, if i’m serving it with a curry i simply grate the cauli, add a little lime juice and garam masala, pop some cling film over the top, pierce and then microwave for 2 mins… hey presto!

    Also, we have been subbing potato for a lot of butternut squash. I know this is a carb heavy veg but it is supposed to be alot healthier than potatoes and its really tasty 🙂

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