How to make cauliflower rice is actually extremely simple to make with a food processor. Cauliflower rice is quickly becoming a staple in my house to replace carbs in my diet, and can be used to even make mock mashed potatoes!
It has been a life changing, whirl wind of a week for me. Last Friday on a whim, I finished working a temporary job, and moved back to my hometown to be closer to my friends and family.
Another positive change that’s happening right now is the creation of DropTheSugar.com, and the new design it comes with. I created this website to share my sugar-free and naturally sweetened recipes. I personally enjoy sugar-free recipes, but I have family and friends that are not wholeheartedly into sugar-free living. So, slowly over time I have discovered using naturally sweetened alternatives, as well as ways to also reduce sugar in other recipes.
When I started my sugar-free journey, I knew that I wanted to also lower my carbs. For me, I felt that was going to be a little problem. For one thing, I am a bread, potatoes, and rice kind of girl. But, I knew that reducing my carbs along with sugar only made sense, and that I needed to become creative in my recipes. One idea I had that seemed to be floating around everywhere was making cauliflower rice. A simple google search showed that there are a decent amount of easy cauliflower recipes on how to make cauliflower rice.
Since I’m trying to lose a good 40lbs, I knew Cauliflower was naturally low in calories with only 25 calories per cup. Cauliflower is also low carb friendly and has 5 carbs, 3 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of sugar. Not to mention all of the nutritional benefits. According to the Dr. Mercola article on “8 Amazing Health Benefits of Cauliflower,” it is a known cancer fighter as well as a good source of vitamin K, vitamin c, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, and manganese.
The simple method I used to create cauliflower rice was by using a food processor. An alternative method is using a cheese grater, but honestly I prefer the expedience of a food processor.
How To Make Cauliflower Rice
An easy way to make cauliflower rice using either a head of cauliflower, or a bag of cauliflower, and a food processor.
- 1 12oz medium head cauliflower
- 1/2 cup water
Take 1 medium head of cauliflower and cut into florets.
Using a food processor, pulse florets about 5-7 times until the pieces are chopped and resemble rice. Place in steamer basket on the stove.
Heat ½ cup water over medium heat. Place steamer basket in pot with water and steam for 5-7 minutes.
Take out the cauliflower and remove the excess moisture. You can use paper towels or a cheese cloth.
This method also works with cauliflower florets you buy in a bag. Which lately, I've been doing to save on time.
Another method Ive been using a lot more lately is to use the microwave vs. a steam basket. Before I use the food processor, I'll pop in a bag of cauliflower florets for 3-5 minutes. Drain the excess water, and throw the florets in a food processor.
It seems that the possibilities are endless when it comes to cooking with cauliflower rice. These are just a few recipe ideas I came across using Cauliflower Rice that I’m really interested in trying out:
- Low Carb Cauliflower Mac and Cheese (with Bacon!)
- Low Carb and Grain Free Mac and Cheese
- “Better than Potatoes” Cheesy Cauliflower Puree
- Simple Cauliflower Soup with Cheddar
- Cheesy Cauliflower Bread Sticks
- Cauliflower Potato Salad
- Skinny Baked Cauliflower Tater Tots
- Low Carb Cauliflower Pizza Crust (I haven’t become a fan of this yet – boo!)
- Low Carb Cauliflower Bread
- Cauliflower Crust Grilled Cheese