Sometimes the Residential Chef needs a break too! So tonight, we had P.F. Changs (Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Budda's Feast & Mongolian Beef) to go, and turned down the rice options. Honestly, what I made for dinner (testing a new recipe from Pillsbury Slow Cooker cookbook) didn't quite pan out.
This is second the time I've made cauliflower rice. I learned a lot from the first batch from Nom Nom Paleo. Once I knew what I did wrong, I put my own twist to the cauliflower rice dish. I was a skeptic at first, with this whole cauliflower rice movement, but it's not bad. It's a good filler.
Let's be honest, there's nothing like good ol'rice; but, if you're trying to cut grains and/or avoid carbs, it's an alternative to rice. I've never been a fan of cauliflower (cooked or raw) until now. That tells you a lot about this recipe. This is way better than mashed cauliflower (alternative to mashed potatoes), I'm never making that again.
GARLIC CAULIFLOWERICE aka CAULIFLOWER RICE
1 head of cauliflower
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon water
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
<turning the cauliflower into rice>
Dust off your food processor.
Remove the green leaves and discard.
Quarter the head and cut off the core, use only the florets.
Add the florets in sections to the food processor, pulse to cooked rice-size pieces.
Add to a bowl, continue until done and set aside.
<cooking the cauliflowerice>
Heat olive oil in a large non-stick pan (with a matching lid) over medium heat.
Add the onions, cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
Mix the garlic powder and water in a tiny bowl.
Add the cauliflower and garlic mixture to the skillet, stir for 30 seconds.
Cover and cook for another 5 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper, turn off heat.
Serve and enjoy!
Use a cheese grater or knife, if you don't have a food processor for the cauliflower.
Use 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped, if you don't want to use garlic powder.
To ensure evenly sized cauliflower pieces, do not fill the food processor bowl. Be patient and the cauliflower in quarter sections.