Okay, so this is barely a recipe, let's just call this an idea. I wish I'd thought of it on my own, but I didn't. It's not ground breaking, but I think it's still a newer idea and even more so for those of us not specifically eating Paleo or Primal. I'm not, believe me, but as my husband is, I do find myself eating a lot less 'carbs' (to put it in a basic way, although this isn't the most comprehensive description).
You can do all sorts of things from this basic start, incorporating it into stews, curries, and in place or any recipe you normally use rice or other grains for. It's a great gluten-free addition to any meal or dish too of course.
If you have a food processor, by all means use it here to get a nice 'rice-like' look and texture. I don't happen to have one at the moment so I actually use a grater. I can tell you this works just fine, but it is a bit messy. If you have a box grater or one with some sort of container it will help.
- 1 head of cauliflower (more or less, depending on how much you want to prepare)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons (30 to 45 ml) olive oil (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 to 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or minced (optional)
Rinse and break or cut your cauliflower into large florets.
Steam just slightly on the stovetop or place in a microwavable dish, cover and steam for 2 or 3 minutes. Do not add water to the dish if microwaving. You don't need it and you don't want the extra moisture.
Steaming the cauliflower just a little makes the processing a little easier.
If using a grater I recommend doing it over a bowl or using one with an attached box or container. Process, shred or grate the cauliflower to the consistency of rice. You may choose to steam the cauliflower more or less depending on what you are preparing.
You can just serve it at this point. Or, add a little olive oil to a saucepan, heat to medium and add the cauliflower on it's own for a quick method to further cook it. Try adding a little chopped garlic to the pan before adding the cauliflower - and even a touch of butter is nice.