Cauliflower Rice Pilaf

4.0 from 1 reviews

Cauliflower Rice Pilaf


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Category: sides
Serves: 4
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  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • 1 small head cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped yellow onion
  • ¼ teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  1. Place the slivered almonds in a large skillet over medium heat to toast. Shake the pan every 30 seconds or so to redistribute almonds, just until they are golden brown and smell fragrant, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove almonds from pan and set aside.
  2. Using the largest holes of a cheese grater, grate the head of cauliflower (as you would cheese). A food processor with a grating blade will also work.
  3. Heat the butter and oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Add the onion, garlic, and grated cauliflower to the skillet and sauté for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  5. Add the chicken broth and all remaining ingredients, and simmer for about 9 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cauliflower is tender.
  6. Stir in toasted almonds and serve with a slotted spoon.

Helpful Tip
It’s completely normal for there to be extra liquid in the pan when this is finished. Use a slotted spoon to drain it as you serve.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 100   Fat: 8.5   Net Carbs: 2   Fiber: 2   Protein: 2.5  

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One Response to “Cauliflower Rice Pilaf”

  1. Beth says:

    I was pleasantly suprised at the ‘mouth feel’ of this recipe. I can’t remember the last time I got to experiene the feel of ‘rice’ in my mouth. This recipe brought me back to the pleasure of eating ‘rice’. It has a finishing hint of cauliflower flavor when you eat it, but besides that, it completely reminds me of eating rice. Thanks for another great recipe I will definetely be making again. My husband liked it and my son thought it looked like ‘rice’ so he took one bite, but split it out – Oh well, I will keep trying recipes and maybe my son will actually like one. I would give this recipe 5 stars if I liked cooked cauliflower, but I’m not a big fan of the taste.