This Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice is a healthy alternative to rice. It’s bursting with flavor from fresh garlic, lime and cilantro and takes a fraction of the time it takes to cook regular rice. Serves 4 to 6 in 10 minutes.
We’ve had some of the most beautiful weather these past few days. Sunny and in the low 80’s. It’s been soul and mood lifting. We put our boat in the water on Sunday and yesterday evening, I took the night off and Pat and I grabbed a couple beers and took the boat out to do some fishing. It was a little to breezy to really fish, but we casted a few and caught a few and I feel rejuvenated.
Sometimes right when life gets the craziest, the busiest, it’s time to take a break and relax. It’s easy to get caught up with it all and forget to step out side and enjoy the sunshine. So that’s what we did and it was absolutely amazing.
Since going low-carb, I fell in love with finding healthy ways to enjoy my favorite things. Like Rice. I loooooove rice. Like a lot. Wild rice, brown rice, garlicky, toasted almond or vegetable fried rice. It’s all delicious to me and is by far the hardest thing I’ve had to avoid eating. Thank the lord, there’s cauliflower rice. Now I’m not saying it’s a dead ringer for regular rice. Hey, I’m being honest. Just like zucchini noodles don’t taste like fettuccini. However it’s a great, healthy and light alternative. And did I mention ridiculously easy? It literally takes 10 minutes. 10!
SO if, let’s say, you’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo but you’re like me and watching the carb intake or you just don’t do rice, well this cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice is for you!
To make this super-simple recipe, you will need; cauliflower – a medium sized head will do. Garlic, lime, zest and salt. No oil or extra ingredients. See! So easy breezy.
With a sharp knife, break the cauliflower down into florets. Some folks may leave in the tougher stalks, and that’s fine. You do you. Give the cauliflowers a rinsed and pat dry with some paper towel or clean kitchen towel. Pop them into your food processor, fitted with the blade attachment, and pulse until the cauliflower resembles grains of rice. This only takes a few seconds and totally worth busting out the food processor for.
Add all of the cauli rice into a deep sided skillet and add in the 2 cloves of minced fresh garlic. Cook on medium heat until the cauliflower softens and the garlic is cooked through, about 5 minutes or so.
Next grate in the zest and squeeze in the juice of 1 medium lime (about 2 tablespoons) into the rice and stir to evenly distribute the zest.
Next add in a generous handful of cilantro (more or less to your personal taste) and a pinch of kosher salt.
Toss together and serve! This is great next to grilled chicken, seafood or with steak kebabs. Whatever and however, you will love it.
What I love about this cilantro lime cauliflower rice is that it’s so fresh and simple. Light, fluffy and aromatic. Healthy, bright with citrus and herbaceous delicousness that makes avoiding carbs so very worth it. I hope you give this a try and please let me know what you think!
Love cauliflower? Check out my Thai cauliflower fried rice or cauliflower tabbouleh!:)
Enjoy! And if you give this Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!
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Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
This Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice is a healthy alternative to rice. It's bursting with flavor from fresh garlic, lime and cilantro and takes a fraction of the time it takes to cook regular rice. Serves 4 to 6 in 10 minutes.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: about 5 minutes
Total Time: about 10 minutes
1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into florets
2 cloves peeled fresh garlic, finely minced
zest and juice of 1 lime
a handful of cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
kosher salt, to taste
Rinse the cauliflower florets under water and pat dry with paper towel or a clean kitchen towel. Place the florets into your food processor, fitting with the blade attachment and pulse until it resembles rice.
Add the cauliflower and minced garlic into a deep-sided, non-stick skillet. Heat on medium, stirring constantly until the cauliflower is tender and the garlic is cooked and fragrant. Add in the lime zest and juice and stir to distribute the zest. Lastly, add in cilantro and a pinch of kosher salt, to taste before serving.
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