Garlic Kale Cauliflower Rice

Garlic kale and cauliflower rice; are some of my all-time favorite things together in one simple, healthy dish. Truthfully, I could eat kale and cauliflower every day, straight up, nothing fancy was needed. But others in my household require more pomp and circumstance. Cauliflower rice has been a craze for a while now with no signs of slowing down anytime soon.  Both cauliflower and kale have been weekly additions to my CSA box, from Farm Fresh To You, and so this dish came together rather naturally as a great, easy go-to side dish for anything from chicken to fish.

For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are some CSA basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Commonly the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” also called a “subscription“) and in return receive a box of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

garlic kale cauliflower rice

CSA Benefits

Advantages for Farmers:

  • Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16-hour days in the field start.
  • Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow.
  • Creates relationships with the people who eat the food they grow.

Advantages for Consumers:

  • Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits.
  • Get exposure to new vegetables and new ways of cooking.
  • Kids willingness to try food from “their” farm.
  • Develop relationships with the farmer who grows their food.

But CSA’s (like the one I belong to to) aren’t confined to produce alone. Some farmers include the option for members to buy dairy products, eggs, homemade bread, meat, cheese, fruit, flowers, or other farm products along with their veggies.

garlic kale cauliflower rice

During COVID, CSA boxes have become even more popular. At, a website that connects consumers with 7,000 CSAs around the country, the first traffic surge came in early March 2020. Previously, the site got about 15,000-20,000 visits a day, says Guillermo Payet, the site’s founder and president. But suddenly it was getting more than twice that. “By the end of March our servers were crashing—we were getting four to five times the usual load,” he says. A Google trend graph for “community supported agriculture” shows what Payet was seeing on an internet-wide scale: a massive spike.

CSA box

Coronavirus has exposed the vulnerabilities and fragility of the U.S. global agribusiness supply chain. The CSA model’s focus on local and fresh is ideally suited for a crisis that has people deeply worried about germs on fruits and vegetables as the crops make their way from the field to the kitchen counter.  The takeaway, is that consumers’ habits have shifted for the better because of this pandemic. Federal and state governments are also now taking a page from CSAs. As part of its coronavirus relief, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has put out a call for $3 billion in contracts for farmers to produce and deliver fresh produce and dairy boxes to food banks, many of which are struggling to support the growing ranks of Americans who are hurting and out of work.

garlic kale cauliflower rice

In short, you don’t have to belong to a farm to make my garlic kale cauliflower rice dish, but when making a recipe with just a few fresh ingredients, you can truly taste the difference.  I hope post COVID, all those who are able, to find some way to support local farmers in their area and help prevent, or at the very least, lessen the panic and food insecurities we saw during this pandemic.

About the Author

Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

One thought on "Garlic Kale Cauliflower Rice"

  1. Avatar photo David P says:

    Your garlic kale cauliflower rice recipe sounded so delicious I was inspired to dust off our food processor (a semi-annual event). The dish went over great with my finicky troupe. Love that it’s so healthy as well!

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