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
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.
- 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
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.