I don’t know if I’ve ever told you guys but I really don’t like rice. I don’t dislike rice but it’s not something I’d choose to eat. The exception being Mexican restaurant rice and even then, I mix it into the refried beans because… that’s just the way it should be done.
Oh, and any kind of casserole that includes rice, cream of- soup, and tons of cheese.
But, like, plain rice? Nope. I don’t even like the cilantro-lime rice at those burrito joints (that this recipe is based on) unless it’s absolutely covered in salsa (and queso if we’re at Qdoba).
Weirdly enough, I really dig cauliflower rice. It’s the perfect substitute for those of use that either don’t like rice or maybe we’re trying to cut back on calories. But yeah, I eat cauliflower rice with everything. At one point, before my husband deployed, he had to tell me to cool it with the cauliflower rice because he was sick of it.
So naturally I switched to mashed cauliflower and he was not amused.
Since I’m currently going through one of my Mexican food phases, this Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice has become a staple in my diet. It’s really good and the perfect side dish for all the stuff I’m currently coating in cumin, dousing in lime juice, and covering in jalapenos.
Quick warning: if you don’t like cauliflower, you won’t like this. No amount of lime zest and cilantro can hide the taste (and smell) of cauliflower. If you do like cauliflower, you will looove it!
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- 1 head cauliflower cut into florets
- 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup red onion diced
- salt and pepper
- zest of 1 lime
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Pulse the cauliflower in a food processor until the pieces are about the size of rice. You'll probably have to do multiple batches. (You could also use a grater to do it by hand if you prefer.)
Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add onion and cook until translucent and softened. Add the riced cauliflower and coat it evenly with the oil. Add the salt, pepper, and lime zest. Cook, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes or until the cauliflower just begins to soften.
Remove from heat and stir in cilantro.