a woman holding a head of cauliflower

3 Delicious Takes on Riced Cauliflower

My fave new form of a veggie delight 

By Laura Carson Miller

True confession: although I’ve known about riced cauliflower for a while now, I’ve not until recently incorporated it into dishes I whip up in my own kitchen. I’ve had the cauliflower pizza crust at restaurants and that’s really about the extent of my interaction with it as a thing. Well…all that changed last night. And I’m here today with my digital megaphone to sing the praises of this ‘cabbage flower’ with zero shame. If you have yet to try it, you should. It is definitely a thing. Quite a fabulous thing, too. Mark my words.

Riced cauliflower wound up in my cart and my kitchen because I’m embracing the low carb way of eating. I eat a lot of vegetables anyway but my husband and I eat out a lot and with that comes all manner of carbs, salt, fat, etc. So it became clear that I needed to change up some things about the way I eat. I don’t want to completely forego carbs but I can make better choices in the carb department.  Riced cauliflower fits right in with that mindset and  reinforces the fact that flavor and versatility rule.

Depending on how hands on you wanna be, you can make your own cauliflower rice a la Martha Stewart or you can buy the frozen kind like I did, which is more a Sandra Lee Semi Homemade type vibe…

yours truly Keepin’ it real

I bought the Greenwise frozen riced cauliflower from my local Publix. Just pop it in the microwave and the bag puffs up and you get fluffy, yummy little morsels all ready to fix up however you might want. Or you can eat it plain, my friends!! 

I made up these ‘recipes’ so there are no exact measurements. You can just wing it. Use the ingredients and preparations as inspiration and add or subtract ingredients to totally customize!

Here’s what I made with my cooked riced cauliflower:

1. Cheesy Italian Riced Cauliflower

Using a baking sheet with a silicone mat in place, I spooned some riced cauliflower onto the mat and patted it down into a level layer. I then added some freshly grated part skim mozzarella on top, then I topped the cheese with Italian seasoning. I put it under the broiler until I had a beautiful brown crust on top. It was absolutely amazingly! Stupendously delicious. I had a small veggie salad with it as well. Perfect dinner in my book.

2. Riced Cauliflower Salad with Red Pepper and Avocado

The following day I made a lunch salad with the RC right out of the fridge. I added chopped red pepper, cucumber, avocado, onion, garlic, sea salt and black pepper. I dress it with a very small amount of sesame oil and a splash of apple cider vinegar. It was delicious and totally hit the spot for lunch. 

my riced cauliflower salad – yum!

3. Chicken and Riced Cauliflower Soup

For my next RC trick, I plan to create an easy and delicious soup using chicken and veggies and loads of garlic! This photo is from Blissfully Low Carb and because it looks so delightful I plan to check out her recipe for inspiration. 

blissfully low carb’s soup looks divine!

Depending on how hands on you wanna be, you can make your own cauliflower rice a la Martha Stewart or you can buy the frozen kind like I did, which is more a Sandra Lee Semi Homemade type vibe – let me know if you got that reference! Can you say long time Food Network watcher?? 

Now that we’ve have been properly introduced, riced cauliflower is welcome in my home anytime. I plan to experiment with all the ways it can be enjoyed. You can always follow me on Instagram and Pinterest to see what I might be cooking up using this good for you, low carb, multitasking wonder.

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