When you grow up in an Asian household like I did, rice is a staple at almost every meal. Growing up I used to eat white rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Even many Filipino desserts incorporate rice or sweet rice as cakes, sticky rice rolls and more.
Surprisingly as I became more fat adapted I craved less and less rice. I would go to family parties, look at the rice and not even blink and eye. To me it was an easy thing to let go of. Cauliflower rice became a great alternative in our house. I won't lie—it does not even remotely taste like rice (LOL) but it is a neutral flavor (or it can soak up any flavor you cook it with) and its a nice grain alternative. If you're eating a dish that is traditionally eaten with rice, psychologically it seems more complete when there's caulirice associated with it. (Funny how our brains work).
It has taken a long time for my children to accept it, but they all have slowly learned to embraced the dish. They also occasionally get a nice "real rice" treat (LOL) mostly when we're eating out or at a family party. We don't limit them and know that an occasional "wheat treat" is totally fine.
Frozen cauliflower or grate your own? Ok, who has the time to grate their own cauliflower? I mean really LOL. I personally use the pre-grated, frozen kind. One it makes it super easy and two I think it helps cook the cauli pieces to the right doneness—soft with a little bite; similar to real rice. There's nothing worse than crunchy cauliflower rice.
I add a little garlic powder to help enhance the flavor. An my other secret? Tallow. I've been cooking a lot lately with beef tallow and it adds another layer of flavor, almost a nutty, buttery flavor that can't be beat. This dish is super easy to make and it comes together in less than 10 minutes—no joke.
10 oz frozen riced cauliflower
1 tablespoon beef tallow (or Kerrygold butter)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
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Hi! I'm Arlene – wife, mother of 3, entrepreneur and keto foodie. I love to make, share and try different, delicious keto food recipes that are easy to make and most-importantly kid-friendly. Life is hard as it is, feeding our families should be easy, fun and nutritious.