This Smoky Turmeric Cauliflower Rice is a delicious addition to many of your favorite meals. It’s a great way to substitute rice, corn, or even ground meat by using this in place of it. This recipe is grain-free, nut-free, gluten-free, Keto, Paleo, Whole30, low-fat, and low-carb friendly.
I recently shared my dairy-free Ranch dressing and spoke about my food journey over the past year. During that time, I had cut out some things in my diet that I suspected were causing me to feel sluggish, tired, and bloated. After my mom’s passing in late 2017, I’ve made a lot of little changes in my food choices and my overall health and living.
I’ve made small changes like replacing oils and seasonings with items that have a bit of a health boost in them. I’ve chosen to eat leaner meats, and try to always have vitamin rich vegetables on my plate. While I don’t actually follow a specific diet, I fully support those who do and I think as long as we are self aware and try to make the best choices for ourselves and our families.
So, although I don’t follow a specific diet, I do often eat vegan, vegetarian, grain or gluten free, dairy free, low carb, etc. There’s honestly so many different choices out there as far as nutrition goes, sometimes I still don’t know what’s what. I just try to do my best to nourish my body as well as my spirit. Now, with that said, I do love how riced cauliflower has gained popularity. There are so many ways to use it and I’m sure there’s countless recipes out there for a simple recipe.
Personally, I like that I can replace a starchy food like rice with cauliflower rice and still get the same effect. I make a protein rich bowl that is vegetarian and includes quinoa and a host of other veggies, and cauliflower is one of the bases for it. It goes in as sort of a rice and a corn replacement, but I’ve also seen people use it as a ground meat substitute as well. There’s honestly so many ways to use this smoky turmeric cauliflower rice, it’s a staple in my fridge.
Turmeric has a long list of benefits, so it’s also become a popular ingredient as well. For me that’s no exception. I prefer my cauliflower rice with garlic, turmeric, smoked paprika, and plenty of flavorful herbs and spices. This means that my recipe for cauliflower rice will not taste like white rice. If anything, it gives a rice pilaf kind of vibe.
A quick sauté of the garlic, then adding the riced cauliflower along with all of the spices and seasonings means this comes together rather quickly. I make it weekly and keep it on hand in the fridge so I can create easy bowls with leftover veggies and meats from dinners. It’s a great base!
Most grocery stores will sell a bag of riced cauliflower near the salad kits in the produce section. You can also purchase a head of cauliflower and use a box grater or a food processor to create the riced cauliflower.
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- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 16 oz riced cauliflower (about 2¾ cups)
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- ¾ teaspoon ground turmeric
- ¾ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon Pink Himalayan sea salt
- ½ teaspoon lemon pepper
- ½ teaspoon Bragg 24 herb spice
- Begin by adding avocado oil to a medium pot or sauté pan over medium-low heat.
- Once oil has heated up, add the garlic and stir. Sauté for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
- Add the riced cauliflower, stirring to combine the garlic with the cauliflower.
- Continue to stir leisurely as the cauliflower softens for about 4-5 minutes.
- Add the basil, turmeric, paprika, sea salt. lemon pepper, and herb spice blend.
- Mix to combine the seasonings, continuing to sauté.
- Cover and reduce heat to simmer for 6 minutes.
- **Depending how much moisture the cauliflower has, you may want to leave the pot uncovered for a bit.
- Once the "rice" is cooked through and softened, remove from heat.
- Serve with a variety of meals, cauliflower rice is a good substitute for rice, corn, and even meat in some meals!
- Cover and refrigerate any leftovers.
WHAT would you serve this cauliflower rice with?
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