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Oven Roasted Cauliflower Rice

I’m back to low-carb eating because I gained a little weight :O  This oven-roasted cauliflower “rice” is a popular faux rice menu item for weight-watchers.  To me, the texture of this cauliflower rice actually resembles couscous more than rice, and it certainly can’t fool me that it is a carb. But having said that, I am happy to eat it as a carb substitute occasionally since it is delicious, nutritious & quite filling.

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Even though this is low-carb, I made it more sinful by mixing in some butter and parmesan cheese powder into the “rice”. If you want “plain rice” you can always skip all of that.

Cauliflower "Rice" Recipe

While there are other ways to cook this (such as stir-fry or microwave), baking in the oven is my favourite method, because together in the same oven I’ll be roasting something else such as salmon papillote or baked chicken stew to go with it. It’s really too sad to eat just cauliflower rice on its own in my greedy opinion.

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As I’ve always believed, the idea of a diet to me is never to starve oneself, always eat well until satiated, but taking more care to reduce one’s carbs and sugars intake. This faux rice is really helpful for that.

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Cauliflower florets
This cauliflower rice is a fast and easy recipe. Trim cauliflower into florets removing most of the thick core.

Cauliflower "rice" (raw)
Pulse them in a food processor until they resemble couscous or coarse breadcrumbs texture.

Cauliflower "Rice" Recipe
Transfer to a baking dish. Add extra-virgin olive oil, seasonings and coin niblets. Combine the contents evenly with a spatula.

Garlic & onion powder, garlic salt from Simply Organic

I like to season the cauliflower with garlic powder, onion powder and garlic salt*. They are a time saver and I use them for almost every bit of cooking.  As substitution, you can use fresh minced garlic, finely chopped onion, regular sea salt or omit them entirely.

* Disclosure: my iHerb.com affliate links ahead: garlic powder* , onion powder* & garlic salt from Simply Organic. Use my affliate code WIF026 to get up to $10 off first order.

Cauliflower "Rice" Recipe
Bake the cauliflower in the oven for 10 minutes. Optional: add butter and cheese while the baked cauliflower is still hot.

Cauliflower "Rice" Recipe
Stir in chopped spring onions (or parsley) for extra colour and flavour.

Cauliflower "Rice" Recipe
Tip: For drier “rice”, spread the seasoned cauliflower a thin layer in a cookie tray, or two smaller trays instead. Roast for 5 minutes longer than the time indicated in the recipe.

3 comments on “Oven Roasted Cauliflower Rice”

  1. I love low-carb meals. This is a perfect side dish for the dinner.

  2. Definitely looks good and healthy! I love cauliflower so I’ll definitely give this a try. :)

  3. looks good. thank you

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