Cauliflower Quinoa Vegetable “Rice”
Cauliflower quinoa vegetable rice is an easy, flavorful, and delicious side dish that you can serve with just about anything. Cauliflower rice, or riced cauliflower as it’s also called, has become incredibly popular in recent years as a low-carb alternative to rice. Don’t get me wrong: I love rice and I always have. But I have been eating less of it over the years. To clarify, cauliflower rice is simply cauliflower that has been grated or finely chopped to the size of rice.
Cauliflower is a non-starchy cruciferous vegetable like cabbage and broccoli and is considered a white food not to be ignored. Cauliflower rice is hearty and filling and if not overcooked, can have a great texture that is very similar to rice. But it is a 100% nutrient-rich vegetable, brimming with vitamin C and rich in fiber, something we all need more of. It is also readily available if you know where to look. Pre-made cauliflower rice can be found at grocery stores such as Safeway and Trader Joe’s making it even easier to whip up this dish or substitute it for rice in your other favorite recipes.
Trader Joe’s has seen such a high demand for this gluten-free specialty item that it has started to ration the number of bags people are permitted to purchase. But don’t panic, the two-bag limit will only affect certain Trader Joe’s locations including Millburn, New Jersey, and Fairfield Connecticut. For those who wish to make their own, I encourage you to do so, using a kitchen food processor, it is not that labor-intensive at all. My recipe for cauliflower quinoa vegetable rice is not complicated at all and has a nice subtle earthy cauliflower flavor that shines through.