As people continue to look for healthy alternatives to the modern Western diet, a number of new foods have entered the mainstream food scene. One such addition? Riced vegetables. What started out as a new way to use cauliflower as a paleo-friendly substitute for traditional rice, has rapidly evolved into so much more and became a pantry essential. Today, the list of riced vegetables includes broccoli, sweet potato and carrots, along with flavored varieties.
How is cauliflower rice made?
Cauliflower rice is simply cauliflower that has been grated down into rice-like granules and usually lightly steamed to soften it up and create a texture more similar to traditional rice. You can make it yourself, but if you don’t have much time and don’t fancy cleaning up specks of cauliflower from your kitchen, you can buy it pre-made in convenient pouches that can be stored at room temperature for months. You simply need to microwave or stir fry it before it’s ready.
Is cauliflower rice healthy?
Like most vegetables, cauliflower is supremely healthy. A cup of boiled cauliflower has about 25 calories and 5 grams of total carbohydrate, whereas a cup of white rice has around 206 calories. This is a major plus for those who are trying to cut back on their carb intake but still want to enjoy eating something with a similar texture and taste to actual rice. On top of that, cauliflower is also packed with fiber, vitamins C, K, B6, and folate.
How can I use cauliflower rice?
Riced vegetables can be used as a side dish or as a replacement for traditional recipes like fried rice and baked casseroles. Here are some of our favorite ways to use cauli rice and other riced vegetables.