Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Recipe posted in: Flex Meals & Snacks, Lunches & Dinners, Sides

Cauliflower “rice” is a great replacement for regular rice in many dishes (think stir-fry and rice and beans). It’s got a similar texture to rice, and it soaks up any sauces or marinades you choose in a similar way. But the best part about cauliflower rice is that you can enjoy as much of it as you like, since it’s an unlimited vegetable on Nutrisystem!

Watch as Nutrisystem’s Deanna Otranto creates this tasty alternative to traditional rice, then adds in some fresh cilantro and lime juice for a delicious Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice you’re sure to love!

You can turn cauliflower into rice. It’s super easy and the best part is you can enjoy as much as you like because cauliflower is unlimited on the Nutrisystem program. To make cauliflower rice, you’ll use one small head of cauliflower. And you can make this in a food processor if you like, but I’m going to show you how to use a cheese grater to make it in case you don’t have a processor.

You’ll start by taking little chunks of the cauliflower head and just grating it as you would cheese with the cheese grater. Once you grate your cauliflower it will look like this. And when you do about half a head of cauliflower, you’ll have a whole bowl of it. So we’ll take this over to the stove now and I’ll show you how to cook it. Spray a pan with cooking spray and then bring it to medium high heat. Then you’re going to add your cauliflower. Then we’ll cook this for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the cauliflower rice gets nice and tender, we’ll add some fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro. Then just give it a stir and let it mix for about 2-3 minutes. You can pair the cauliflower rice with pretty much anything you would normally use rice with. But for today, I’ve paired it with the Nutrisystem Southwest Fiesta Melt. To make the Southwest Fiesta Melt, pull it out of the package, put it on a microwave-safe plate then put it in the microwave for about a minute 45, then let it stand to cool for about a minute in the microwave. Share your favorite VeggieSexy Nutrisystem recipe with us on facebook or twitter. For Nutrisystem, I’m Deanna Otranto.

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Servings: 4

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 Vegetable


  • 1 small head of cauliflower
  • Zero-calorie cooking spray
  • 1 lime, juice and zest
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, minced


  1. Create cauliflower rice by grating florets on the large holes of a cheese grater, or adding them to a food processor and pulsing to create a rice-like texture.
  2. Spray a large pan with cooking spray and bring to medium-high heat. Add cauliflower rice, stirring occasionally. Cook until “rice” is tender and golden in color (about 10 minutes).
  3. Add lime juice, zest and cilantro until well-mixed (3-5 minutes).
  4. Remove and let cool before serving.
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