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Cilantro Lime Cauliflower "Rice"

Grated cauliflower makes a fantastic low-carb, grain-free stand in for rice when you need a little carb detox. You can season this any way you wish – here I brightened it up with lime and cilantro and served it with a broiled pork loin. It has a couscous-like texture, and is perfect with chicken, pork chops, steak or anything you would normally serve with rice.

Does it taste like cauliflower? Yes, it does so if you’re not a cauliflower fan (I love it!) this may not be for you. But if you’re a fan like me, you’ll love this side dish! And it’s also vegetarian, vegan and Paleo-friendly.

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower “Rice”

gordon-ramsay-recipe.com

Servings: 5 • Size: 1 cup  • Old Points: 1 pt • Weight Watchers Points+: 2 pts 

Calories: 61 • Fat: 3 g • Carb: 8 g • Fiber: 3 g • Protein: 2.5 g • Sugar: 0 g

Cholesterol: 0 mg • Sodium: 37 (without salt)

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium head (about 24 oz) cauliflower, rinsed
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 scallions, diced
  • kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1-1/2 limes
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro

Directions:

Remove the core and let the cauliflower dry completely. Coarsely chop into florets, then place half of the cauliflower in a food processor and pulse until the cauliflower is small and has the texture of rice or couscous – don’t over process or it will get mushy. Set aside and repeat with the remaining cauliflower.

Heat a large saute pan over medium heat, add olive oil, scallions and garlic and sauté about 3 to 4 minutes, or until soft.

Raise the heat to medium-high. Add the cauliflower “rice” to the saute pan. Cover and cook approximately 5 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until the cauliflower is slightly crispy on the outside but tender on the inside. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Remove from heat and place in a medium bowl; toss with fresh cilantro and lime juice to taste.

Makes 5 servings.

Cauliflower Tots

If you need a way to get your family to eat more vegetables, give these a try. These kid-friendly cauliflower tots are so good, they won’t realize they are eating cauliflower. They are great as a side dish and are easy to make. 

Last year I fell in love with zucchini tots[1], and since adapted the recipe using cauliflower instead during the colder months when zucchini isn’t in season. I also had issues with them sticking to my mini muffin pan, and found making them on a non-stick baking sheet the perfect solution. My older daughter loves these, but my toddler still prefers to eat her vegetables raw (go figure!). I plan in trying these with broccoli next, will let you know how they turn out!

Cauliflower Tots
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 4 • Size: 8 tots • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 148 • Fat: 5 g • Protein: 10 g • Carb: 16 g • Fiber: 3 g • Sugar: 2 g
Sodium: 397 mg (without salt) • Cholesterol: 47 mg

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked cauliflower florets, finely chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 cup onion, minced
  • 3 tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cooking spray

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400°F.  Spray a nonstick cookie sheet with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Spoon 1 tablespoon of mixture in your hands and roll into small ovals. Place on the cookie sheet and bake for 16-18 minutes, turning halfway through cooking until golden.

Makes about 32 – 34 tots.
Servings: 4
Serving Size:

References

  1. ^ zucchini tots (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Cauliflower Watercress Soup

Cold winter nights call for hot soup. We were hit with a snow storm yesterday, and we’re expecting another tonight. After shoveling myself out of my parking spot and coming in from the cold last night, this soup hit the spot. It’s healthy and light, with a creamy texture from the cauliflower that’s perfect served with a crispy whole grain piece of bread and a drizzle of olive oil on top, yet it’s light enough to serve with a sandwich or a first course.

This recipe was inspired from someone who tweeted me the idea to add watercress to my Dad’s cauliflower soup[1]. Such a great way to incorporate watercress into soup which is considered a superfood. It’s rich in fiber, anti-oxidants, vitamin C, beta-carotene, folate, potassium, calcium, phosphorous and iron and adds a bright green color to this soup.

Cauliflower Watercress Soup
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 4 • Size: 1 3/4 cup • Old Points: 1 • Weight Watcher Points+: 2 pt
Calories: 93 • Fat: 3 g • Carb: 12 g • Fiber: 4 g • Protein: 6 g • Sugar: 1 g
Sodium: 623 mg  • Cholest: 8 mg

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 tbsp unbleached flour (all purpose is fine too)
  • 4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth (vegetarians can use vegetable broth)
  • 1 medium head cauliflower, chopped (about 1 1/2 lbs florets)
  • 4 cups watercress (3 oz)
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

In a medium nonstick saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the onions and saute until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the flour and stir about 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the chicken broth and cauliflower and increase heat to medium-high. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer over medium-low until vegetables are tender (about 20 minutes.) Add the watercress until wilted, about 1 minute and puree with an immersion blender until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Makes 7 cups

References

  1. ^ Dad’s cauliflower soup (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)