Cauliflower rice, (seasoned with Parmesan and garlic) is a trending, healthy substitute for people wanting to avoid the carbs/starches in white or brown rice! Cauliflower rice, (seasoned with Parmesan and garlic) is a healthy substitute for people wanting to avoid the carbs/starches in white or brown rice!
I recently found a recipe for Cauliflower Rice with Parmesan and Garlic, and decided to check it out. What a great way to get more veggies on the ol’ dinner plate!

How Cauliflower Rice Got It’s Name

The dish is called “rice” because a head of cauliflower is processed in a food processor (or by using a box grater) so that the florets become small enough that they LOOK like rice.  The cauliflower is then cooked and served.

This recipe for cauliflower rice adds a bit of flavor to the cooked “rice” by adding a bit of fresh grated Parmesan cheese, minced garlic and butter. The result? A tasty side dish, that still comes in under 100 calories!

It’s very easy to make cauliflower rice. If you’ve been curious like I was as to HOW to make it, give this simple recipe a try, and see for yourself!

How To Make Cauliflower Rice

To “rice” the cauliflower, remove the outer leaves and core from a medium sized head of cauliflower. Cut the cauliflower into small florets.

Cauliflower Rice is made using fresh cauliflower, cut into florets.

Place the florets into a food processor (with blade attachment).  Pulse several times until the cauliflower florets are small like grains of rice.

Can I Still Make Cauliflower Rice If I Don’t Own A Food Processor?

The good news is… YES!!!  If you do not own a food processor, no problem… simply use a box cheese grater and grate into small rice sized pieces!

Cauliflower florets are processed in food processor until it resembles rice.

Melt butter in a large skillet or saucepan on medium-low heat. Add minced garlic and continue to cook, stirring constantly, for 2-3 minutes, so that the garlic flavor is infused into the melted butter.

It is important NOT to burn the garlic, so keep an eye on it!  Add the cauliflower rice to the skillet and stir. Turn the heat up to medium-high to finish cooking.

Garlic is cooked in butter, then cauliflower rice is added to pan.

Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top and stir well, to combine. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until cauliflower is tender, stirring often.

Season the cauliflower rice with salt and pepper, to taste. I added some dried parsley at this point, as well. Stir to completely mix all ingredients, and reheat, if necessary to serving temperature.

Cauliflower Rice with Parmesan and Garlic is seasoned with Parmesan cheese, garlic and spices.

Pour the rice into a serving dish, and garnish with chopped fresh parsley and additional Parmesan cheese, if desired.  Serve this side dish hot.

Cauliflower Rice with Parmesan and Garlic in bowl, on a red placemat.

Hope you will consider trying this recipe for cauliflower rice.  It fools the eye because it LOOKS like rice on the plate, but has fewer calories, and tastes like cauliflower (with some seasonings)!

What a great way to get more veggies onto the ol’ dinner plate, right?  Have a great day!

Looking For Other RICE Recipes?

You might enjoy a few other recipes for RICE that I have on this blog. These include my recipes for Easy Homemade Rice Pilaf, Fiesta Rice, and Broccoli au Gratin Rice Pilaf.

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Recipe Adapted From: http://kirbiecravings.com/2016/05/garlic-parmesan-cauliflower-rice.html

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Cauliflower Rice with Parmesan and Garlic
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
7 mins
Total Time
12 mins
 

Cauliflower rice, (seasoned with Parmesan and garlic) is a trending, healthy substitute for people wanting to avoid the carbs/starches in white or brown rice!

Category: Side Dish, Vegetable Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower rice
Servings: 8 (1/2 cup) servings
Calories Per Serving: 95 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower (will yield approx. 4 cups of cauliflower "rice")
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Dried parsley (just a shake or two)
  • Salt and pepper , to taste
  • Fresh chopped parsley for garnish (optional)
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. To "rice" the cauliflower, remove outer leaves and core from a medium sized head of cauliflower. Cut the cauliflower into small florets. Place florets into a food processor (with blade attachment). Pulse several times until florets are small, like grains of rice. No food processor? Use a box cheese grater and grate into small rice sized pieces!
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet or saucepan on medium-low heat. Add minced garlic and continue to cook, stirring constantly, for 2-3 minutes, so the garlic flavor is infused into butter. It is important NOT to burn the garlic, so keep a good eye on it! Add "riced" cauliflower to skillet, stir, and turn heat to medium-high.
  3. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top and stir well, to combine. Cook cauliflower for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until cauliflower is tender. Season with salt and pepper (to taste) and dried parsley. Stir to combine all ingredients, and reheat if necessary, to serving temp.
  4. Transfer the rice to a serving dish, garnish with chopped fresh parsley and additional Parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve hot.
Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower Rice with Parmesan and Garlic
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 95 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 171mg7%
Potassium 173mg5%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 230IU5%
Vitamin C 26.2mg32%
Calcium 93mg9%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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