Cauliflower rice

Indian Inspired Cauliflower and Quinoa Rice

This spicy Cauliflower rice is a fabulous no carb, very low calorie choice that is not only delicious but a great way to sneak a good portion of a vegetable into your meal. Ticking all these boxes; paleo, no carb, vegan, vegetarian, delicious, healthy and above all super simple, it needs to be a regular on your menu!

To make this Cauliflower Rice, you’ll need…

  • 1 large cauliflower, roughly cut into florets, retaining the stalk
  • 1 large Onion
  • 4 large cloves Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tbsp Turmeric
  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 large bunch fresh Coriander, finely chopped
  • 1 Lime, cut into 8 for serving
  • 2 cups Quinoa

 

Here’e how….

Cook Quinoa according to pack instructions (see TIP below)

Pulse onion and garlic first in a food processor and then add the cauliflower and pulse until mixture resembles rice, taking care not to over blend.

In a frying pan, add the coconut oil and when hot, add the cauliflower mixture. Fry over a medium heat for a few minutes, then add the spices, salt and pepper.

Continue to cook until the cauliflower is soft but still retains a little “bite”

Combine with quinoa and mix through fresh coriander

Serve with a squeeze of lime

 

TIP: Quinoa can sometimes be perceived as a tricky one to cook and you may resort to a (processed) ready-made option. There’s no need as it really is very simple. I always add a little less than the recommended amount of water and the idea is that once you bring the water to the boil, reduce to a low heat allowing the quinoa to absorb the water, until each grain splits to reveal a tiny “tail”.  It will not work if you only allow the quinoa to steam by pouring boiling water; it needs to be cooked like rice. If the grain has not all opened, add a little more water.

Variations:

  • Combine with Puy Lentil instead (or as well as!) for added protein and fibre
  • Use smoked paprika and cumin for a Mexican twist
  • Add a little feta or halloumi cheese for a delicious vegetarian main meal

Nutritional Nugget:

Quinoa is one of the very few grains that contains all the essential amino acids ie The amino acids that have to come from the diet. It’s a great gluten free option that, as a protein, keeps you fuller for longer.  It’s is also high in fibre, magnesium, B vits, iron and much more – a real “superfood”!  Here’s a MORE on this nutritious ancient grain.

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