Cauliflower rice is one of the most delicious ways to eat vegetables. This healthy cooking alternative has become popular in homes all over the world for its nutritional benefits and delicious taste. It is so easy to make that many people enjoy a bowl everyday of nutritious, low calorie, low fat rice. Let us learn how to make cauliflower rice using four simple preparation methods.
You can make this delicious rice by breaking up cauliflower florets in a food processor or a box grater. Just drain the food processor’s vegetable oil, add water and pulse until cauliflower pieces become soft and mixed thoroughly. The finished product should have a nice, white fluffy texture.
To make cauliflower rice in the traditional way, first drain the cauliflower and then cut it into florets about one-fourth inch thick. You’ll want to take each piece and roll them in breadcrumbs. Place them on a lined baking sheet and pop into the oven at 350 for about five minutes. Remove, allowing them to dry in the oven.
Bring a large saucepan to a boil and add about two cups of uncooked long grain rice. Combine one tablespoon of each sugar and lemon juice in a separate bowl then add about a tablespoon of cinnamon powder and a quarter teaspoon of nutmeg. Stir to mix and continue stirring constantly for about thirty seconds. Once done, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
You’ll next need to bring a small saucepan to a boil, add about two cups of short grain rice and cover for about five minutes. While the rice is cooking, combine about four cups of water with one teaspoon of salt in a large metal bowl. Add your pea or two carrots and a half a cup of onions. Cover and place in the low heat for about thirty minutes. While the cauliflower is cooking in the cooker, drain the liquid from the veggies.
Once your cauliflower is cooked and drained, remove it from the cooker and place in a large salad bowl. Add one tablespoon of dried thyme, one teaspoon of Rosemary, and one-quarter teaspoon of each of the spices mentioned above. Stir to combine. Tear the skins off and place into the bowl. Serve and enjoy your how to make cauliflower rice.
If desired, you can also add canned cranberries, lime juice, and sweet pickles. Serve this dish with potato salad and baked sweet potatoes. Make sure you serve it up quickly before it goes boring!
Cooking cauliflower rice is easy when you remember these simple rules. First, you don’t need a super high heat because the excess moisture will evaporate naturally. Second, keep your cooking times short – about five minutes for medium heat. Third, use moist gloves while mixing the ingredients so as not to over-mix. When coated with spices, let them cool and then serve with your favorite side dish. Your guests will be amazed at the spectacular flavor of this simple, yet delectable dish!
A favorite of mine is cauliflower soup. It can be made easily at home with only a few ingredients and a food processor. All you need are four cups of chopped cauliflower (from one medium sized head), four medium sized or larger potatoes, a can of tomatoes (use tomato paste), and two teaspoons of dried red pepper flakes. Bring a medium heat on to the stove and mix in the cauliflower and potatoes. Cover for about ten minutes so that the cauliflower cooks thoroughly. Then allow it to cool before serving.
Another way to enjoy delicious cauliflower rice is to add it to soups, stews, and salads. The excess moisture from the pan will naturally evaporate so your food will be healthier. You can also try serving it with thin slices of ham or Swiss or polenta. Cook the cauliflower rice and combine it with the other ingredients for a tasty treat.
If you want to try a different type of cauliflower rice, then substitute it for regular white rice in any recipe. Use a steel plate for mixing because it is easier to handle when it’s cold. Bring a medium heat to the stove and mix in the cauliflower, potato, and tomatoes until it becomes light and fluffy.
One handy gadget for cooking cauliflower rice that I have found useful is my KitchenAid stand mixer with the cutting blade attachment. It comes in a very handy when you’re making whipped cream, baking breads, and making homemade ice cream. Simply put the food processor’s blade into the grater and start chopping away. The resulting vegetables will be small enough to fit into your hand. When the cauliflower pieces reach a fine consistency, they can go into the blender. Then puree them until they are a smooth paste.