Sunday, 16 October 2011

Cauliflower rice

 I thought I'd just add my own recipe for cauliflower rice. If I'm honest it doesn't taste like rice at all but it does have the same texture in your mouth and depending on what you eat it with, is an excellent substitute for rice and a brilliant way of getting a lot of vegetables into your diet without even trying. If you serve something with a sauce it doesn't compete with the taste and is a great way of getting kids to eat veggies.  There are various ways of making this dish, all available with a quick Google search. However I have tried a few and found this to be the best way of doing it. It seems to me that if you steam the cauliflower first, it has a tendency to have that 'soggy Christmas' vegetable taste. By processing the cauliflower first and then sauteing it, it you can control how much it cooks, thus keeping the rice texture instead of the cauliflower mush texture. this is good served with curry or Chinese stir fry. I'm also thinking of making some spicy chilli this week and serving it with that.

Ingredients (serves 6)
1 head of cauliflower, leaves removed and broken up into florets
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 zucchini
1 onion finely chopped or 2-3 green/spring onions, finely chopped
a little olive oil for frying

Put half the cauliflower florets in a food processor and pulse 8-10 times until cauliflower pieces are small and resemble rice. Tip out into a bowl and repeat step for the other half of the cauliflower.

Put the peppers, zucchini and onions in the processor and pulse until all pieces are finely chopped. add to the Cauliflower in the bowl and stir together to combine.

Heat a wok over medium to high heat and add a little olive oil. Add half of the cauliflower/zucchini/pepper mix and stir fry, moving the vegetables constantly for about 5 minutes or until it starts to soften. You still want a little bite but don't let it get too soft as it turns mushy. Repeat with the other half of the cauliflower mix and that's it.

 You can add in any finely chopped veggies of your choice, I sometimes add carrots, broccoli, and fresh herbs. Surprisingly if you don't overcook it, it doesn't taste strongly of cauliflower. One of my kids said it tasted like fried rice and another said it had the texture of couscous. They all eat it ,whereas if I put pieces of cauliflower and peppers on their plates they will turn their noses up. The power of disguising food is a good trick in getting kids to eat their veggies!

1 comment:

  1. I use cauliflower rice quite a bit, but Raw ;-) It is a great way to use it.