Monday, June 10, 2013

Riced Cauliflower Pilaf


Cauliflower pilaf makes a great low calorie low carb side dish!
Do you love rice or potatoes, but not the calories?

Cauliflower is the "new" potato or rice or whatever starch you want it to be !!!
Anything you can do with a potato or rice, you can do with cauliflower.

Cauliflower is a low carb vegetable that taste like starch! I don't know why or how but it does, but I'm happy about it. This versatile nutrient rich vegetable is a delicious way to eat low on the glycemic index and keep the calories and carbs to a minimum. In addition, cauliflower provides healthy antioxidants and nourishing nutrients.

Today , I made a  side dish made out of.. you guessed it.. cauliflower.
It tastes so much like rice , it's uncanny, but without the starch and calories.

Cauliflower "Rice" Pilaf  is very simple to make. At first the process might look intimidating, but I promise that it is not only easy, it can be done very quickly.

Simply cut the cauliflower into flowerets. Then, put the flowerets into the bowl of the food processor with the metal blade inserted. Process once or twice- off on off on.. and in just a second, you will have the consistency of rice. Remove into a bowl and set aside.


Looks like rice

celery, onion, garlic 
Ingredients: 
1 head of cauliflower made into about
4 cups of cauliflower rice
1 medium onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, diced
2 cloves of garlic, pressed
olive oil spray

Directions: 
Chop 3 stalks of celery fine and one onion. Saute the two vegetables in a skillet using olive oil spray until soft. Add the" cauliflower rice" and continue to saute for about 3 minutes stirring well. Cover with a lid and cook on very low until the entire mixture is cooked ( about 5 more minutes) .  Serve this delicious "fried rice pilaf ""immediately.

Eat as a side dish..top with olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing if desired. If you are a Weight Watcher, this recipe has zero points plus!! Amazing!


                           


Add chick peas, chopped red onion,  to make it a meal


cauliflower , chick peas, chopped celery, onion, red onion, and garlic ; top with balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing
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23 comments:

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    1. It is delicious. I hope you will get to try it..

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  2. I've been wanting to make cauliflower rice for awhile but have yet to try it, this looks like the recipe to make! Thanks :)

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  3. OMG so simple, easy and delicious! I love it!

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  4. Wow, I love your Cauliflower Pilaf! I've tried making riced cauliflower, but it didn't look anywhere near this good. I love all of the delicioud flavours you've added. Looks delicious!

    Stopping by from Allergy Free Wednesdays! (If you have a chance, stop by and check out the Potato Salad I've linked up, #41)

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  5. This looks really yummy, I never knew cauliflower was so versatile. I am trying this one for sure. Roechelle @ http://www.hugatreewithme.com

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    1. Rochelle,
      there are lots of cauliflower recipes. Search my blog for cauliflower pizza, cauliflower potato salad and cauliflower risotto. Hope you enjoy it.

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  6. This looks so good! I've made cauliflower rice a lot - and mashed potatoes. I love them both! However, I can't get mine to look as "ricey" as yours...I think I'm putting too much in the food processor at once. I will scale back.
    Visiting from Frugal Food Thursday!

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    1. I fill half of the bowl at a time. Then I only need one or two at the most on/off bursts. It turns to rice very quickly.. Good luck

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  7. Cauliflower is my favorite vegetable but I haven't been very creative with it. I was amazed to see how much it looked like rice. What a great alternative! Thank you for sharing on the BBQ Block Party.

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  8. This looks delicious - and what a great healthy alternative to rice!

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  9. YUM~ We are vegan and gf and it's hard to find yummy recipes, so thanks!
    I'm visiting today from Lamberts Lately. I hope you get the chance to visit my blog, linkup and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
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  10. Will definitely try this. Sounds good.

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  11. Will definitely try this. Thank you.

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  12. I love it! I turned a potato soup into a cauliflower soup once.
    Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

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  13. This sounds really terrific - I'll have to give it a try! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  14. I cannot wait to make this! How easy and yummy!! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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    1. Thanks Cindy. Love your Friday blog carnival

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  15. This sounds so tasty! :) Found you off of Vegetarian Mamma.

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  16. This sounds so tasty! :) Found you from Vegetarian Mamma's GF Friday.

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  17. Thanks for stopping by and introducing yourself. So nice to meet you. I'm on my way over to check out your blog..

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