Sesame Cauliflower Rice

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Cauliflower: name a bigger glow-up. I’ll wait… While I am a cauliflower rice enthusiast, I hear you! It’s not rice. Before giving up on this antioxidant-packed veggie, re-frame how you view it. If it isn’t rice, don’t treat it like rice. Cauliflower is considered a nonstarchy vegetable from the cruciferous group, so treat it as such. Treat it as a veggie! Use it as a tasty vessel for your favorite flavors and let it serve as a great source of fiber and volume for your dishes to help keep you full and satisfied. There are a ton of different riced cauli recipes, but this is one of my favorites – and it’s super simple! Try it as a side dish, a base for stir-fry, or as a warm, comforting, umami-rich snack.

Serves: 1-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 package frozen cauliflower (4 servings)
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder and onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder and cumin
  • Toppings: sesame seeds, green onions, and chili sauce

Instructions:

  1. Empty the bag of frozen cauliflower into a bare pan on medium heat. Stir occasionally. The ice crystals will melt and help create a barrier to prevent the rice from burning. If ice crystals are not noted, you may consider adding 1-2 Tablespoons of liquid or broth. 
  2.  As the cauliflower begins to thaw, stir in seasonings and soy sauce.
  3. Turn heat up to medium-high and stir frequently. This will allow the rice to get crispy, but you must stir frequently. 
  4. As the cauliflower texture begins to appear crisp, drizzle sesame oil over the rice rice, stir, and heat for another minute or so. Note: adding sesame oil toward the end of the cooking process retains much of the toasted sesame flavor without an excessive amount. 
  5. Enjoy!

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