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How to make cauliflower rice (plus, what the heck to do with it)

Cauliflower rice is a great way to add veggie-heartiness to whatever you're eating.


Coral Lee
January 12, 2020 11:59PM (UTC)

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What is cauliflower rice? Cauliflower "rice" is cauliflower that's been blitz, grated, or chopped so finely it resembles rice. It's a great way to add veggie-heartiness to whatever you're eating.

Of TJ’s rationing fame, cauliflower rice is actually very easy to make at home — all you need is a food processor, box grater, or knife. Enjoy this alt-grain raw, as seen in this Mediterranean rice or Jessica Koslow’s kabbouleh; or cooked, like in this spiced couscous or bacon and egg fried rice.

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But Wait, Not The Stems!

Cauliflower stems don't "crumble" as nicely as the florets do. Use the stems — especially the center, woodier one — as a natural handle while you grate or mince the cauliflower rice, then pack them away for another (edible) use.

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How to make cauliflower rice

Pulse it.

Quarter the cauliflower head through the root, and separate the florets from the center, woodier stem. Reserve the stems for another use, like bulking this vegan Alfredo. Roughly chop the florets into one- to two-inch pieces, then blitz once or twice in a food processor until it's the texture of, well, rice!

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Grate it.

Quarter the cauliflower head through the root. Using the center, woodier stem as a “handle,” grate the florets against the medium holes of a box grater. Stop when you’ve grated all of the florets (watch the fingies!), and reserve the stems for another use, like thickening this crudités dip.

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Chop it.

Quarter the cauliflower head through the root. Grip the center, woodier stem with your non-cutting hand, and finely chop the florets off the center stem. Reserve the stems for another use, like stuffing this veggie muffuletta. Mince the chopped florets until tiny and pebbly.


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