12 Easy and Healthy Cauliflower Rice Recipes to Get in Your VeggiesArticle posted in: Diet & Nutrition
Are you already on board with the cauliflower rice trend? If you haven’t tried it, grated cauliflower is an excellent low-carb rice replacement thanks to the similar texture of the two. And because it soaks up the flavor of any sauces or marinades you use with it, you’ll hardly notice a difference in taste.
Of course, you will notice the difference from a nutritional standpoint. Instead of feeling weighted down and heavy from a carb-laden meal, you’ll be packing your recipes with this cruciferous powerhouse, naturally high in fiber and vitamins! Cauliflower is considered an unlimited non-starchy vegetable on the Nutrisystem weight loss plan, so you can enjoy as much as you’d like to fight hunger and stay satisfied.
Whether you make it yourself or buy it premade, this is a healthy trend you have got to try. If you’re a cauliflower rice newbie or a seasoned pro, here are 12 of our favorite easy and delicious cauliflower rice recipes to try!
Think of this recipe as deconstructed sushi! It takes all of the things that you love about a sushi dish but gives it a fresh, healthier spin—including the use of cauliflower rice instead of carb-laden white rice. Packed with additional fresh veggies like cucumbers, avocado and carrots, this is a bowl that you’ll feel good about eating.
Fried rice is an Asian cuisine favorite but it’s also a high-carb dish that’s typically overloaded with salt. Our healthier version uses cauliflower rice and a whole range of other fresh, healthy veggies. All cooked with some scrambled eggs and green onions, you’ll get the flavor and even the texture of your favorite fried rice but in a dish that’s actually good for your waistline and your health.
In this recipe, we swap out starchy potatoes with cauliflower for a low-carb version of your favorite morning hash! It’s got plenty of flavorful ingredients like turkey bacon, eggs, onions and pepper, but it’s a much lighter way to start your day.
Looking to spice up your rice? This Spanish cauliflower rice recipe is full of flavor with a variety of spices as well as some fire-roasted diced tomatoes, diced onions and fresh cilantro! After all, there’s absolutely no reason your rice has to be plain or boring. This recipe gives you plenty of bold flavor while really packing in the veggies so that you can feel good about your food from all angles.
This is another great “bowl” recipe with the delicious flavors of Asian takeout in a healthier at-home meal. With cauliflower rice at the heart of this dish, you’re already starting off with veggies over carbs which is a win for your waistline. But it also brings the heart-healthy goodness of salmon and a variety of other fresh veggies into the mix, making it a real winner all around. It’s satisfying from both a flavor and a nutritional standpoint.
This is a simple-but-delicious rice recipe that will liven up your cauliflower rice and leave it bursting with fresh flavor. It makes a great side for a Mexican meal—or any other dish that you’d like to make more complete with a serving of vegetables. It’s so easy to whip up that it’s sure to become a regular staple in your weekly meal plan.
If it’s fried rice with shrimp that you love, then we’ve got a healthier version of that classic dish, too. Shrimp is a great lean protein that’s delicious and weight loss friendly. With all of the protein from the shrimp as well as the scrambled eggs, this dish is a complete and filling meal that is sure to become a lunch or dinner favorite.
Tabbouleh—a Lebanese dish—is typically an herb and bulgur salad featuring parsley. Our version swaps out the grains for lighter cauliflower rice to reduce carbs and calories per serving. It also features chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and herbs like including parsley. It’s dressed with a simple-but-yummy red wine vinegar and olive oil vinaigrette. It’s garden-fresh and filling!
Tater tots on a healthy eating plan sounds almost too good to be true. But our healthy version includes riced cauliflower instead of potatoes as its base and is crisped in the air fryer! As a result, it’s packed with veggie deliciousness and can be served as an appetizer or even a yummy side.
Cauliflower rice can be an excellent substitute for white rice in stuffed tomato or pepper recipes. In this version, ground turkey is blended with some cauliflower rice, spinach, onion and parmesan cheese for a hearty-but-healthy filling that tastes amazing, too. After baking these stuffed tomatoes in the oven, they’ll have just the right amount of crisp and will be oozing with flavor.
Some of your favorite tropical flavors are comingling in this super delish bowl which combines a fresh, homemade mango salsa with shrimp and coconut lime cauliflower rice. It’s a little bit more work than some of the other recipes we’ve listed, but it is absolutely worth the effort. Just one bite and you’ll be transported to the tastes of a tropical island!
Check out this recipe submitted by a Leaf visitor! (You can submit your own cauliflower rice recipes on our Recipe Submission page for a chance to be feature on The Leaf. Click here to submit your recipes! >) If you like spicy, then this is a cauliflower rice recipe you have got to try. It’s packed with flavorful zest—including that of a jalapeno pepper! Just the right amount of some low-fat cheddar cheese makes it creamy and delicious. It’s a great way to get an extra serving of veggies into your day.
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