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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.


Serves 4


  • 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.

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