Turmeric cauliflower rice not only seriously tastes like real rice, but it’s satisfying and comforting with health benefits to boot.
I’ve made cauliflower rice in the past with Asian inspired flavors, now it’s time to create a warming and comforting variation of my favorite carbohydrate substitute. I am so obsessed with using cauliflower as a carbohydrate dupe. I’ve made cauliflower mashed potatoes, cauliflower pizza sauce, and even cauliflower Alfredo sauce. I believe it’s a legitimate miracle veggie.
Cauliflower is a cruciferous veggie meaning that it is a nutritional powerhouse offering an array of benefits including:
Antioxidants: To keep us glowing and healthy by fighting off free radicals that we may come in contact with daily.
Can Fight Cancer: There are tons of studies showcasing how cruciferous vegetables can fight off cancer.
Helps you stay regular: You would be shocked to hear how infrequently people go number 2. I’m here to tell ya, being regular is soooo effing important for your digestive health and weight that I’m always discussing and teaching ways that you can keep your detox machine in tip top shape.
Detox Support: This is piggy-backing off of my point above. Cauliflower has important dietary fiber that helps you do just that as well as providing nutrients containing sulfer that help with, well, pooping.
Enough with my digestive talk, on to how easy it is to make turmeric cauliflower rice.
I was inspired to create a new version of this carbohydrate substitution, turmeric cauliflower rice, as I was shopping and found already finely chopped cauliflower at Trader Joe’s. I’m sure you can find “rice ready” chopped cauliflower at fellow grocery stores, but TJ’s packaging made it clear that this cauliflower was for rice mocking purposes.
Since I’m always up for simplifying recipes and cutting corners (like having to pulse cauliflower in a food processor to create small rice chunks), I think finding cauliflower that is already finely chopped will save you tons of time.
Even the seasonings come with a nutrient punch. Turmeric is widely recognized as one of the world’s healthiest spices. It contains an antioxidant called curcumin that has been studied to imply that it has the same anti-inflammatory benefits as some over the counter medicines. So you best believe I’m dumping turmeric on all sorts of recipes. I also have a more in depth article about the specific benefits of turmeric and the studies to back it up, check it out! There’s also a turmeric face mask included in it too.
Best of all, this recipe is completely dairy free, low carb, and gluten free. Holler!
Turmeric Cauliflower Rice
- 1 head of cauliflower or 1 bag of finely chopped cauliflower
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 shallot
- 2 tbsp vegan butter (or ghee if you’re not vegan)
- 2-3 tsp powdered turmeric (you can add more for taste later)
- 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
- 2 tsp powdered ginger or 1/2 inch of fresh ginger grated
- Pinch of himalayan salt + pepper to taste
- If you can’t find pre-minced cauliflower, loosely chop and then pulse the head of cauliflower in a food processor.
- Heat 1 tbsp of vegan butter in a skillet
- Heat the shallot and garlic until translucent about 4 minutes
- Add the cauliflower and cook for about 3 minutes
- Add the turmeric, nutritional yeast, the additional tbsp of vegan butter, and powdered ginger. Sautee for about 5 minutes or until tender yet crisp.
- Add to serving bowls, top with a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and enoy!