I’ve always had a love hate relationship with cauliflower! Some days I can eat it and other days it makes me want to puke! Lately the love for cauliflower has been going on. I’ve made a couple of different dishes and they’ve all turned out well.
While perusing through my Instagram and Pinterest I have been seeing many people post pictures and recipes for cauliflower rice. This has always fascinated me, but I’ve shied away from it because A.) I don’t have a food processor B.) Cauliflower Rice? Would I even like it?
While trying to plan a healthy side to make with my spiced salmon, I remembered that I had some cauliflower sitting inside my fridge. I thought, “what the heck let’s just try and make this so-called amazing cauliflower rice…” First thing I did was google alternatives to a food processor because I do not own one in Kuwait. My handy dandy Kitchen Aid is sitting in my in-laws basement waiting for me to move back! I read that a grater in the place of a food processor, but it gets messy and might be dangerous..
I then took out a big bowl to keep the grater in and also to make sure that I as “riced” the cauliflower, there would not be a big mess around me. I did half and my fingers started feeling a bit numb (Dang you carpal tunnel and improper posture!) so my husband took over and did the rest. This took us about 20 minutes, one chipped nail and one grated finger that thankfully did not bleed! (Yes I know, I’m such a clutz… but remember, I am embracing the glorious mess that I am!)
While my husband was grating the cauliflower I chopped up 5 cloves of garlic. Then I added that into the grated cauliflower along with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a bit of salt. Then I used my hands to mix it. Next I put foil on a baking pan and sprayed some oil on it. Then I spread out the riced cauliflower mixture as a thin layer and baked it for 15 minutes, mixed and cooked another 10-15 minutes. Then I repeated with the left over mixture. I couldn’t wait to taste it so as soon as it was ready I tried it and it was absolutely delicious! I loved the taste of the garlic and the nuttiness of the cauliflower.
Does it replace rice? I don’t think so, but it is a great side dish.