Food trends come and go, but ever since I first tried cauliflower rice a few years ago, I’ve been hooked. Those little grains of (real) rice can add up to a lot of calories if you’re not careful, but you can help yourself to heaps of cauliflower rice without thinking about the carbs. Hooray! You can even buy frozen cauliflower rice these days, although my favorite way to make it is still processing a fresh head of cauliflower in the food processor and cooking it in a skillet with some oil and salt until it’s lightly browned.
And if you think cauliflower rice is just for serving up with curries and stir fries, think again. Cauliflower rice can be swapped in for rice in so many of your favorite dishes—even arancini! Here are some essential cauliflower rice recipes to add to your rotation:
Canned chicken-and-rice has nothing on this flavorful paleo cauli rice soup. With turmeric, garlic, and lots of veggies, it will cure what ails you.
Curried Cauliflower Rice Kale Soup from Cotter Crunch
OMG. Arancini! This is an exciting development. Balls of cauliflower rice and seasonings are rolled up, breaded with panko, and baked to crispy perfection.
Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Arancini from Minimalist Baker
Detox without depriving yourself! Mushrooms, greens, and a brightly flavored pesto are served over a bed of cauliflower rice in these nourishing meal bowls.
Detox Cauliflower Mushroom Bowls from Food Faith Fitness
Tabbouleh is traditionally made with bulgur, but this version packs in all the flavor without the grains thanks to trusty cauliflower rice.
Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh from Hello Glow
Why hello there, beautiful burrito bowl! Customize with your favorite protein and fixins and this is pretty much the perfect bring-to-work lunch.
Cauliflower Rice Black Bean Burrito Bowls from Kitchen Treaty