Substituting Staples: Cauliflower for Rice

I think one of the hardest things about starting the Specific Carbohydrates Diet was finding acceptable substitutes.  Oh “they” claim they’re out there but every time I tried one, my palette raised an eyebrow in disdain (read: hamburger crust pizza- nasty).

But cauliflower rice wasn’t a disappointment.  It was actually awesome!  I think the best part was that the texture was similar to rice- halfway between couscous and rice.  The taste of cauliflower wasn’t overwhelming and I’m sure the more you seasoned it, the better it would disguise the cauli taste if you don’t like it.

I tried just a simply substitute, as a base for left over curry.  Next time, I’m planning variations!


1 head cauliflower

1 TBLS olive oil

1 TBLS butter

3/4 cup water

Salt and Pepper to taste

Cut off stem of cauliflower.  Feed florets into food processor and process into small, rice-like pieces.  Heat oil in sauce pan.  Add water and bring to boil.  Lower heat and add cauliflower.  Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat and stir in butter.  Add salt and pepper.

Voila!  Hello cauli-rice!


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