Oct 28, 2013

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower "Rice"



Grated cauliflower makes a fantastic low-carb, grain-free stand in for rice when you need a little carb detox. You can season this any way you wish – here I brightened it up with lime and cilantro and served it with a broiled pork loin. It has a couscous-like texture, and is perfect with chicken, pork chops, steak or anything you would normally serve with rice.

Does it taste like cauliflower? Yes, it does so if you're not a cauliflower fan (I love it!) this may not be for you. But if you're a fan like me, you'll love this side dish! And it's also vegetarian, vegan and Paleo-friendly.






Cilantro Lime Cauliflower "Rice"
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 5 • Size: 1 cup  • Old Points: 1 pt • Weight Watchers Points+: 2 pts 
Calories: 61 • Fat: 3 g • Carb: 8 g • Fiber: 3 g • Protein: 2.5 g • Sugar: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg • Sodium: 37 (without salt)


Ingredients:

  • 1 medium head (about 24 oz) cauliflower, rinsed
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 scallions, diced
  • kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1-1/2 limes
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro


Directions:

Remove the core and let the cauliflower dry completely. Coarsely chop into florets, then place half of the cauliflower in a food processor and pulse until the cauliflower is small and has the texture of rice or couscous – don't over process or it will get mushy. Set aside and repeat with the remaining cauliflower.




Heat a large saute pan over medium heat, add olive oil, scallions and garlic and sauté about 3 to 4 minutes, or until soft.

Raise the heat to medium-high. Add the cauliflower "rice" to the saute pan. Cover and cook approximately 5 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until the cauliflower is slightly crispy on the outside but tender on the inside. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Remove from heat and place in a medium bowl; toss with fresh cilantro and lime juice to taste.

Makes 5 servings.

77 comments :

  1. Yum Gi! This looks so good!! I love anything with lime.

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  2. Great idea! I made cauliflower mash this weekend and it's just so good! I almost like it better than the potato version. Love the idea of ricing it as well.

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  3. This looks great and I think I'll be able to fool my 3 year old into eating cauliflower "rice" :) This is brilliant!! I can't wait to try this!

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  4. Can you use a few bags of frozen cauliflower florets for this? (drained and dried very well of course)

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  5. I have a head of cauliflower in the fridge just waiting for some inspiration, this sounds awesome! Thank you.

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  6. Looks great, but I am trying to figure out why it is 2pts+.....The ONLY ingredient that contains weight watcher points is the oil...1 T oil = 3 Pts+, this recipe makes 4 servings.....

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    1. Also, when I looked up nutrional info on cauliflower, I am finding for one cup of cauliflower there are only 6g of carbs. You are showing 8g.

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    2. Onions and garlic do contain carbs.....

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    3. I've asked this question in my WW class. When creating a recipe, using "recipe builder", it looks at the nutrition value of the whole recipe to figure the points plus. That is why zero fruits and veggies in a recipe may show points+ values in the recipe but do not have points plus values if not in the recipe.

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  7. mmm! That looks amazing! I'm going to try it for sure!
    xx,
    E.
    www.theslowpace.com

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  8. What a great idea! I'm not even a big fan of rice but some dishes just 'need' some rice like let's say errr, Chicken and Rice ;} This is Pinned for many future uses. Thanks for sharing.
    OXOX

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  9. This looks delicious!! :) The top of the recipe says "servings: 4," but the end of the recipe says "makes 5 servings." Could you tell me which one it is?

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    1. Jen....to stretch any amount of servings into MORE servings....just decrease the amount you use for each serving. Example: 2 cups of this, using 1/2 cup as a serving size...would serve 4 people. If, however, you reduce the serving size to 1/3 cup...you will increase the total servings to 6!

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  10. What a great idea!! Perfect pale recipe for a tasty side dish. Thanks for sharing!

    Jenn

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  11. Do you think broccoli would work? I have some in the fridge right now and this looks awesome...

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    1. I'm wondering the same since I don't really care for cauliflower!

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    2. Brocoli won't work as well since the florets aren't solid like in cauliflower. Even though it won't be the same, I'm sure it'll still be delicious!

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  12. I am obsessed with cauliflower "rice," so I cannot wait to try this! It would be perfect for homemade burrito bowls.

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  13. so delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I bet if you add a little jalapeno for some heat, I bet it would be pretty good as well. Thanks GIna, this was awesome.

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  14. Being a huge carboholic, this little carb detox is just what I need!

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  15. Wow! This look amazing! :) Will for sure make this one!

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  16. This sounds delicious. Can't wait to put it on the menu for next week!

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  17. I can't wait to try this. My 19 month old loves cauliflower and I have always roast it in the oven so it will be fun to try something different.

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  18. I made this last night (even went to the store just to buy a food processor so I could make it) and WOW. It is absolutely delicious! I will be making this again, and again, and again. :) Thank you!!

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    1. You can also use a cheese grater to grate the cauliflower instead of using a food processor.

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  19. I am having this tonight with some tilapia filets while I watch the Biggest Loser! : ) Thank you so much for this idea and this recipe....I am so thankful for you!

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  20. This looks great! I've been looking online for a cauliflower pizza recipe and most call for the use of cauliflower "rice". Gina, I would be so grateful if you could attempt to make the pizza and let us know how it comes out!

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    1. This is the recipe I use for cauliflower crust pizza. The key is to really squeeze all the liquid out... squeeze and wring... and just when you think you're done, squeeze some more! No bloated and disgusting feeling after eating this pizza... it's amazing. Enjoy! http://detoxinista.com/2012/01/the-secret-to-perfect-cauliflower-pizza-crust/

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  21. Why does it have 2 points per serving? The only thing that has points is the Olive Oil (3 points for the whole recipe). You say this is 5 servings, so eating the whole thing would be 10 points? I'm confused.

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  22. I am going to get the ingredients and make this tonight! I love how versatile this idea is because I am trying to cut back on carbs, at least at night!

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  23. Made this tonight and absolutely Loved it!!! Thanks for everything you do ;)

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  24. This looks amazing. I hardly ever comment, but read your posts every day, I LOVE this site. Thanks for all the healthy recipes!

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  25. I'm going to make this tonight to go with one of my favorite recipes of yours.... Cuban Picadillo!!! I used to make the picadillo with rice, but my boyfriend and I are trying to watch our carbs too. I know the flavors of these two will complement each other very nicely... I'll let you know how it turned out!

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  26. This recipe would work perfect for my favorite Chicken and Chickpea salad to substitute the brown rice for your cauliflower "rice". http://bit.ly/19PwW2W Sounds so delicious!

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  27. I think I need to try this! I'm a sucker for anything with lime.

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  28. I need to make this! Such a great side dish!!

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  29. I am happy to report that this was DELICIOUS and went perfectly with the Cuban Picadillo recipe-- you simply must try it with this recipe!! There was something so satisfying about the texture and flavor of this "rice"... a great way to get some more veggies in. This one is going to be a keeper for me. Bravo, and thank you, Gina!!!

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    1. I soooo want to try the cuban picadillo ASAP. Must make this with it, thanks for commenting on it!

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  30. This was amazing. I didn't have cilantro so I used regular parsley, I am sure it will be even better with cilantro! Thank you for making a veggie dish, us WW's know that you can never have too many veggie dishes, this is a clever way to fit in yet another. Keep rocking the veggies!

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  31. I'm excited to try this! My fiance and I are trying to slim down for our wedding and I always know I can count on your recipes to help get us there!

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  32. I didn't feel like dragging out the food processor so I boiled the cauliflower, mashed it in the pot and let it sit on a burner set to low, until it dried out a bit. Then I added it to the skillet and cooked as described. It was amazing.

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    1. Thanks! I don't have a grater, food processor, or blender so I am going to try it this way definitely! Thank you!

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    2. You can use a cheese grater as well

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  33. This was really good... Made it as a side for coconut chicken.

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  34. This is brilliant! I can't wait to try it. I love your blog and use your recipes every week. Thank you, Gina.

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  35. This was very good and different. Love the lime.

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  36. OMG, this is brilliant! I just started the south beach diet and I'm doing phase I, this is just perfect since I've been looking for an alternative to rice. Thank you!

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  37. I don't own a food processor is there any way I would grate the cauliflower or to do this will I have to buy a food processor

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  38. My husband is huge rice fan and we are trying to come up with healthier alternatives. I saw this and we made it last night for dinner. It was soo simple and flavorful. It really had the consistency and similar flavor to rice. My husband was shocked at how much he enjoyed it. The only variation we made is we didn't use 1 1/2 lime juice we only needed half a lime's juice.

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  39. This was delicious (as I am finding all of Gina's recipes are)! It was also very easy to make. The combination of the garlic, scalions, lime and cilantro was perfection. I had this last night with the pork barbacoa. It felt so decadent but really was very healthy. Thanks, Gina!

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  40. Would it work to hand grate the cauliflower instead of getting a food processor?

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    1. sure, although that would be a lot more work.

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    2. It took me less than 5 minutes to grate the cauliflower with a box grater. No big deal.

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  41. do you think this would be ok to freeze after cooking it?

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  42. This was SO delicious!! Made it to go with the honey sesame chicken lettuce wraps - Amazing!

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  43. This was so good and such a different way to use cauliflower! My husband always feels he needs to have a starch/grain with every meal (and I don't) and this was a great way us to compromise.

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  44. This recipe is FABULOUS …I have done it with cauliflower, broccoli…and my FAVORITE….CELERIAC (ROOT)!!!

    Thanks for continuous skinny culinary genius Gina!

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  45. This is an over the top, delicious recipe. Served it with roast beef and mushroom gravy. Didn't even miss the carbs. Plan on having the leftover cauliflower in an egg white omelet.

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  46. I'm trying to eat more vegetarian meals and would love to make this my main course for lunch but am trying to think of a way to add some protien to it... any suggestions? Black beans maybe?

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  47. can you get by without using a food processor? Blender maybe?

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  48. Does cauliflower rice keep well over a few days? Seems like an ideal dish to make a huge batch of and use for a few dinners, if it keeps well!

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  49. You are so clever and brilliant! I can't wait to try this!

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  50. made as a side last night and loved it! it didn't even taste SO like cauliflower to me! thank you!

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  51. I'm not a big fan of cauliflower but I loved this cauliflower "rice"! I made it with your Slow Cooked Pernil. The "rice" was even better the second day! Thank you for all your amazing recipes!!

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  52. I use the grater disc for my food processor for much better results. This and other versions have become a weekly staple in my diet. I love it!

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  53. I don't have a grater or food processor... so my only option is finely chopping it huh? Any specific technique to get desired results?

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    1. I used a grater (the coarse side)

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  54. I made this with grilled tilapia and baked asparagus and my boyfriend said it was the best meal I've ever made by far!

    <3 this recipe

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  55. I made this tonight and goodness I want to eat the entire thing. I didn't have cilantro so I added parsley and dropped in a ton of cumin (I love cumin). It is so delicious!! I'm really tempted to eat the entire thing

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  56. Wow we loved this! It really does not taste like cauliflower. I followed the recipe exactly. My 93 year-old grandma who is very picky and never wants to try new things LOVED it. She couldn't get over the idea that you could make "rice" from cauliflower! Thanks so much for this genius recipe.

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  57. I kind of combined this with I Breathe ... I'm Hungy's Coconut Lime Cauliflower rice by adding some coconut milk to your recipe. But it's the method that really counts, and yours makes a delicious mess of cauliflower - yum!

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  58. Although I've had "cauli rice" numerous times, tonight will be my first time making it myself. I'm excited!

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