I also missed the sensations of other white carbs I loved, like rice.
By using a food processor with a grating disc to turn raw cauliflower into “rice,” and cooking it in the microwave, I can enjoy the sensation of white rice, but with only 20 calories a cup instead of 200! And there’s no nasty pot to wash!
But now that I’m just maintaining my weight (and hiding vegetables from the kids), I mix cauliflower rice with an equal amount of cooked brown rice or wild rice to make Magic Rice!
At just a 100 calories a cup, Magic Rice allows me to have rice dishes whenever I like, without any guilt. And, since the strong flavor and texture of brown and wild rice mask the taste of the cauliflower, my kids have no clue they’re eating a vegetable… and that, my friends, is magic!
When making Skinny Paella, Almost-Risotto or Almost-Orzo, where a smoother texture is preferable, I mix the cauliflower rice with brown rice.
But no matter what dish I’m making, I use Magic Rice–whether brown or wild– for all of my recipes that call for rice … including sushi!
And Magic Rice doesn’t just saving me calories, it saves me hours in the kitchen.
Once every couple of weeks, I’ll make a big batch of brown or wild rice. If in L.A., I use my rice cooker. When in Maine, where I don’t have as many gadgets, I’ll use the Idiot Proof Method for making brown or wild rice in the oven. Either way, while the real rice is cooking, I’ll turn 3 or 4 heads of cauliflower into cauliflower rice and cook it in the microwave.
When both “rices” are done, I simply toss the two together in a giant salad bowl and then portion it out into quart sized freezer bags so that I can use it whenever I need to.
I’ll also freeze a few bags of plain cauliflower rice which I can microwave and turn into Cauliflower Mock Mashed Potatoes in minutes.
On busy days, having that frozen inventory is a true life-saver!
1 head of cauliflower
2 t salt
Roughly chop your cauliflower into pieces that are small enough to drop into the food processor’s “feeding tube.”
Put the “grating” disc–not the chopping blade– in the food processor, turn on and drop the chopped pieces into the machine. (By the way, use your free hand to keep the opening covered as you drop the cauliflower in or it will try and fly out!)
Now that it looks like raw rice, dump it into a Pyrex microwave safe bowl with glass lid and toss with salt.
Do NOT add water.
If you don’t have a Pyrex bowl with a lid, cover with another bowl–upside down to make a dome.
No matter what you’ve put it in, once you’ve salted it and covered it, microwave it on high for 6 minutes.
Let cool a few minutes before you remove the lid, watching out for steam, and fluff with a fork. Taste and add more salt if necessary.
Simply mix equal amounts of cooked Idiot Proof Oven Baked Wild Rice with cooked Cauliflower Rice. Or, since Wild Rice has so much texture and flavor, you can get away with using even less wild rice (further cutting calories) by using 70 percent cauliflower rice and 30 percent wild rice. Use that combo to make Green Curry Stir Fried Rice with Pork.
Again, simply mix equal amounts of cooked Brown Rice with cooked Cauliflower Rice. (Or, if you’re being really aggressive about weight loss, use more cauliflower rice and less brown rice.) A mix of cauliflower rice and brown rice is what I use to make Almost Orzo, Skinny Paella, Almost Risotto or to put underneath curries and gumbos where you want less texture than wild rice.
ABOUT FREEZING CAULIFLOWER OR EITHER OF THE MAGIC RICE BLENDS
Again, this frozen inventory will really help you out on your busy nights… Keep it in stock!