Basic Cauliflower Rice
It dawned on me that not everyone may know how to make just simple cauliflower rice. What is basic for me is a foreign concept to those new to the paleo or Whole 30 cooking world. For beginners, buying pre-made cauliflower rice is an easier route (Trader Joes has the best pre-chopped cauliflower rice in my opinion). But for those of you adventurous enough to try making your own cauliflower rice from scratch, I've got a great step by step recipe with pictures for making it yourself. In the stores around me, a head of cauliflower ranges from $0.99 to $1.99, so it is more cost efficient for me to make my own. Make sure you have the dicing attachment for your food processor, this will ensure your 'rice' is even. You could grate it by hand using a box grater, but a food processor makes the rice in under a minute.
1 head of cauliflower
1-2 tablespoons coconut oil (or olive oil)
salt and pepper to taste
parsley for a garnish
Using a sharp knife, trim the florets off a head of cauliflower. Discard the leaves and the stem. Get out your food processor and put the dicing blade attachment on. Add a few florets at a time and pulse to make the rice. Repeat until all the florets have gone through the food processor.
Heat the cooking oil in a non-stick pan over medium high heat. Add a few cups of cauliflower rice and cook for 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!
MEG'S AFTERTHOUGHTS: Cauliflower rice is one of my staple side dishes for a successful Whole 30 or clean eating lifestyle. I love rice, but I feel completely satisfied eating the cauliflower rice in its place. This recipe can be used to make cauliflower pancakes, nuggets or mexican style cauliflower rice. It is a great building block recipe and takes just a matter of minutes to make.