If you’re following a low-carb diet and missing rice, I have just the solution for you: rice made from cauliflower. That’s right; low-carb, grain-free rice that uses superhero ingredient cauliflower in place of the starchy, high-carb grain.
How is this possible? All it takes is a head of cauliflower and the “S” blade of your food processor to turn this cruciferous vegetable into “rice.” If you don’t have a food processor, simply grate the head of cauliflower on a box grater.
I’ve been using cauliflower to make rice for years. That’s because I follow a grain-free, or Paleo diet. I went 100% grain-free, in 2001 and it has helped me in dealing with myriad health issues, including celiac disease.
Some people use the grain-free diet to lose weight or control blood sugar. Others, such as myself use it to supercharge their treatment plan when a gluten-free diet isn’t enough. I also put my older son on the grain-free diet when he was diagnosed with celiac disease at age 3 and it helped to heal the terrible inflammation in his gut.
The grain-free diet is a family affair and even the boys’ friends expect grain-free food when they come to our house. After school each day a bundle of teenagers come over and gobble up all of the grain-free cookies and other foods that I test every day while they are in school. Often, I’ll serve them this dirty rice with a side of eggs for an afterschool snack with some of my grain-free crispy chocolate chip cookies for dessert. Then I run them over to baseball practice and head home to start another grain-free meal for everyone in the evening. Teenagers are a hungry lot and luckily I like to feed them!
Low-carb Dirty Rice recipe
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 yellow pepper, diced
- 1 orange pepper, diced
- 3 cups cauliflower, riced with the “S” blade in a food processor
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground chipotle
- Heat olive in a large skillet
- Sauté onion for 10 minutes until soft
- Stir in peppers and sauté for 10 more minutes
- Stir in riced cauliflower, salt, and chipotle
- Cover the skillet and sauté for 5-10 minutes until cauliflower is soft