Cauliflower what? Yep, I said cauliflower rice
Typically when I used rice for a recipe my go to favorite is usually Basmati rice. I find it fluffy and it has the perfect texture for a lot of warm dishes that I like to make in the fall and winter.
But as I get older and unfortunately not as active as I used to be, if I eat what I used to eat when I was more active I know I feel bogged down and I put on a few pounds around the middle. So to keep that under control I am always looking for low carb option.
Cauliflower rice is a popular low carb substitute for rice that’s made by shredding or grating fresh cauliflower. Our readers at southernplate.com are also asking for more low carb recipes and how many carbs something has in it as well.
Enter cauliflower rice.
What is cauliflower rice?
Ok Y’all, you might think I am as crazy as a Bessie Bug for using to use cauliflower or broccoli or any type of vegetable for rice instead of well… rice! But I tell you what this low carb alternative to regular white or brown rice has allowed me to eat more of the foods I love without worrying about how many calories I am eating.
In another post I will talk about how to make cauliflower rice but for right now just know you can buy it in all the grocery stores. It’s in the freezer section.
Where in the heck did it come from? Unfortunately the South can’t claim this culinary discovery. But if you are interested this article where it talks about the famous actor Harrison Ford’s son who is a chef and how he seems to be the first one to talk about ricing cauliflower. So Indiana Jones had a son who is a chef? Well “shut the front door” as my good friends mama says.
Let’s talk about cauliflower rice versus white rice.
Should I switch? Here are some PROS
- LOW in calories: At 25 calories per cup (107 grams) — both raw and cooked — cauliflower rice provides just 10–20% of the calories you’d expect from the same quantity of cooked rice
- Healthy alternative: It is packed with vitamins and minerals but also has the look and feel of rice a much lower level of the calories and carbs.
- Research links low calorie, water-dense foods like cauliflower to weight loss, as they may reduce hunger and boost feelings of fullness. Both of these factors may reduce your calorie intake according to this study.In addition, cauliflower rice is low in carbs. It provides only 3 grams of net carbs per cup (107 grams) — 18 times fewer carbs than the same quantity of rice
Net carbs is a way for people following a keto diet or paleo to measures the number of carbs your body ends up digesting from food that you are eating. You can figure a food or dishes net carbs by subtracting a food’s grams of fiber from its total carbs.
While carbs are an important source of energy, many people follow low carb diets like the ketogenic diet to try to lose weight. So, cauliflower rice could be particularly helpful for people looking to reduce their carb intake and lose weight.
And it’s easy to make. I will have a recipe for you soon, and you will be shocked to see how easy it is.
So switching to cauliflower rice versus white rice you can decrease calories, decrease carbs but still feel full.
Cauliflower in general has a high amount of fiber which can be a very big pro for those trying to improve their digestive health but if you aren’t used to eating fiber in your diet you may experience gas or bloating, sort of like someone who isn’t used to eating beans. You can always blame it on the dog!
But if you can slowly increase the fiber in your diet it can be very good for you. Cauliflower rice is a bit easier to digest than regular cauliflower. And the fiber in cauliflower rice helps feed the healthy bacteria in your gut, reducing inflammation and promoting digestive health
People with thyroid issues may not be able to eat the cauliflower rice uncooked (but who would want to eat rice uncooked anyway?) Just because ya can doesn’t mean ya should. When you cook or steam cauliflower or other cruciferous vegetables it is supposed to break down the substances that can irritate your thyroid.
Store-bought cauliflower rice
Now you know us here at Southernplate.com enjoy preparing foods from scratch (you can find our cauliflower rice recipe here) but the good Lord knows there isn’t anything wrong with a quick and easy alternative.
Store-bought cauliflower rice is just that. It’s a quick substitute for homemade. It’s particularly convenient when you’re in a rush or when fresh cauliflower isn’t available. You can find it usually win the freezer section.
Here are some other recipes with rice that you may want to try cauliflower rice with.