How to Make Cauliflower Rice

You can find cauliflower rice in most grocery stores these days, but if you’ve never made (or eaten) it, learning how to make cauliflower rice may seem difficult or time consuming. But trust us, it’s easy peasy! We’re offering two different methods on how to make it, giving you all the tips you need to know about storing it and letting you in on our favorite way to cook it up.

Cauliflower Rice in a Pan

Cauliflower Rice How To

Cauliflower rice is not new to this site, in fact we’ve been talking about it for years. But we realized that there wasn’t one comprehensive guide here that tells you all you need to know about cauliflower rice, whether you are new to adding it to your meals or you’ve been eating it for a while but buying it in the store. So we’re filling you in on all the cauliflower rice knowledge we’ve gained over the years!

Ready? Let’s dig in!

Why eat cauliflower rice?

If you’ve never eaten it before, you may be wondering what it is and why you should eat it. Putting it simply, cauliflower rice is rice-sized pieces of cauliflower that is cooked and served in place of regular rice.

When compared to regular white or brown rice, cauliflower rice is:

  • Grain-free
  • Low-carb
  • More nutrient dense
  • Fast to cook (5 minutes only!)

Why make cauliflower rice at home?

  1. It’s easy!
  2. It’s inexpensive.
  3. Some recipes actually do best with finally made cauliflower rice versus store-bought larger pieces, like our ‘Everything Bagel’ Topped Cauliflower RollsCauliflower Hash Browns (Keto!), and Cauliflower Pizza Bites (Gluten-Free and Grain-Free)! These recipes call for VERY FINE cauliflower rice that can only be achieved at home.

How to make cauliflower rice

Does is taste good?

To be clear, cauliflower rice does not taste like white rice. It surely taste like cauliflower. So if you are strongly opposed to the taste of cauliflower, this is not the rice alternative for you. But if you like or don’t mind cauliflower, much like white rice, it takes on the flavor of whatever it is served with, such as this Paleo Asian Beef, Fried Rice, Chicken and Broccoli or Stir Fry.

Making Cauliflower Rice:

While we definitely love using the food processor to make cauliflower rice as our preferred method, if you don’t have one you can just as easily use a box grater.

How to make cauliflower rice with a food processor:

Cut the cauliflower into 2” florets (making sure they are all similar in size). Add the florets to the food processor and pulse 7-9 times until they are all broken down into “rice sized” pieces. 

How to make cauliflower rice without a food processor:

Cut the stem out of the cauliflower and cut the cauliflower into 4 pieces. Using the larger holes in the box grater (the ones you would typically use to grate cheese), grate the cauliflower.

Cauliflower rice in food processor

Freezing Cauliflower Rice

Just like you can buy frozen cauliflower rice at the store, you can make your own at home and freeze it. It’s truly cheaper and we do prefer the quality of cauliflower riced at home (though we buy our fair share at the store too, since it is so readily available). Place your riced cauliflower in a bag or container and freeze for around one month. It’s easiest if you freeze it in the portion you are most likely to use. We find that about 4 cups uncooked cauliflower rice is a generous portion for 2 people.

How long will it last in the refrigerator?

Uncooked riced cauliflower will keep about 5 days in a closed container or bag in the refrigerator. Cooked cauliflower rice will last about 3-4 days.

Prepared cauliflower rice

Best Ways to Cook Cauliflower Rice

We love using a nonstick skillet to quickly cook up cauliflower rice, with a touch of garlic powder and salt that is then topped with a few pieces of thinly sliced green onion. Scroll down for the entire recipe.

Recipes to use Cauliflower Rice


How to Make Cauliflower Rice

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:05 Inactive Time 00:00 Total Time 00:10 Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head cauliflower (about 16 ounces)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 1 green onion, sliced thin

Directions

  1. Using a food processor: Cut the cauliflower into 2” florets (making sure they are all similar in size). Add the florets to the food processor and pulse 7-9 times until they are all broken down into “rice sized” pieces. Using a box grater: Cut the stem out of the cauliflower and cut the cauliflower into 4 pieces. Using the larger holes in the box grater (the ones you would typically use to grate cheese), grate the cauliflower.
  2. You can store uncooked cauliflower rice either frozen (for up to 1 month) or in the refrigerator for 5 days.
  3. When ready to cook: Heat a large pan of medium heat (we like using our nonstick skillet here). Once hot and then add cauliflower “rice” with ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon garlic powder. Cook until the cauliflower is tender about 5-6 minutes. The longer you cook it, the more water it will exude.
  4. Garnish with green onion and serve immediately, or let cool and place in the refrigerator for meal prep. Cooked cauliflower rice will last about 3-4 days.
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Paleo Asian Beef and “Rice” Meal Prep

Slow Cooker Asian Beef Bowls [low-carb, grain-free, dairy-free] | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This healthy asian paleo beef recipe, made mostly in the slow cooker, is the perfect make ahead lunch or dinner! It’s paired with cauliflower “rice” and veggies and is a great low-carb, whole30 and paleo meal prep. Double the recipe and you can also make it dinner one night and lunch for the next few days!

Paleo beefPaleo Asian Beef Rice Bowl

This Whole30, Keto and Paleo Asian Beef and Rice bowl is a great addition to your meal prep rotation! The savory shredded beef is cooked in a slow cooker and then served with veggies, paleo cauliflower rice and a really delicious asian style sauce. We use onions, red pepper and broccoli but you can really swap out with any veggies you have on hand that you think will go well in this dish like carrots, bok choy, or cauliflower.

Paleo beef rice recipe

What You Need to Make this Slow Cooker Paleo Beef Recipe:

  • Boneless chuck roast (feel free to double this amount if you want extra meat for future meals)
  • Coconut aminos (this is a soy-free and gluten-free alternative to soy sauce)
  • Coconut sugar
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Garlic
  • Toasted sesame oil
  • Ginger 
  • Cauliflower (to make the grain-free “rice”)
  • Red bell pepper
  • Onion
  • Broccoli florets
  • Scallions
  • Sesame seeds

Can You Use Premade or Frozen Cauliflower Rice?

Yes! We take advantage of frozen cauliflower all the time, and love that it’s readily available now. There isn’t much difference between fresh or frozen except that the frozen can hold a little bit more water in it. So if you don’t want to do the extra step of making your own cauliflower rice, feel free to use premade!

Slow Cooker Asian Beef Bowls | Lexi's Clean KitchenWatch the video:

If you like this asian inspired recipe, check out these others:


Crock-Pot Asian Beef & Paleo 'Rice' Bowls

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 04:00 Total Time 4:10 Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 lb grass-fed boneless chuck steak

Marinade

Paleo Rice Bowls

Directions

  1. Season chuck with salt and pepper and in a large skillet, greased, sear on both sides for 30 seconds.
  2. Place boneless chuck steak in slow cooker.
  3. In a bowl mix together marinade and pour over chuck. Cook on high for 4 hours.
  4. Once done, remove from crock-pot and shred, discarding the fat.
  5. Pulse cauliflower in food processor until rice-sized pieces form.
  6. In a pan heat 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 garlic clove for 30 seconds until flagrant. Add cauliflower rice and mix for 3 to 5 minutes until softened. Remove from heat and set aside.
  7. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to pan along with last garlic clove. Add in veggies and sauté for 5-8 minutes until translucent. Add coconut aminos, rice vinegar, red pepper flakes, and salt. Mix and let cook for an additional 5-8 minutes, until soft. Add in shredded beef and let cook together for 5 minutes.
  8. Assemble: In a bowl, add cauli rice and then add veggie/beef mixture. Garnish with sesame seeds and scallions.

Recipe Notes

  • You can mix up any vegetables you have on hand!
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Açaí Smoothie Bowl (Vegan & Gluten Free!)

Acai Smoothie Bowls (Paleo-friendly, vegan-friendly, gluten-free) | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Açaí Smoothie Bowl is the perfect refreshing and nourishing treat for warm Spring and Summer days! Paleo-friendly, vegan-friendly, and gluten-free! We love topping ours with gluten-free granola, a mix of berries, and bee pollen for a pop of color and added protein!

Acai Bowl recipe

Açaí Bowl

Acai + mixed berries = the ultimate antioxidant treat! I made these bowls inspired by a favorite smoothie shop of mine, Robeks and absolutely love them! Get creative with the toppings for a fun, flavorful, and healthy breakfast!

What is an acai bowl made of?

  • Frozen Acai
  • Raspberries
  • Banana
  • Nut milk
  • Sweetener of choice
  • Optional: protein powder 
  • Toppings!

How do you make an acai bowl

If you like this smoothie bowl recipe, try this one, too!

Acai Bowl Toppings:

  • Chia Seeds
  • Bee Pollen
  • Crunchy Granola
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Nuts or seeds of choice

How can I thicken my acai bowl?

Start with less milk, and add more as desired until it reaches your desired thickness. You want the base of the acai bowl to be thick & scoop able, definitely not watery.

How do you make an acai bowl

Açaí Smoothie Bowl

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 00:00 Total Time 0:05 Serves 1, 16 ounce bowl

Ingredients

    Acai Bowl

    • 1 frozen organic unsweetened Açaí pack. *You can find this in the frozen fruit isle in your local grocery store! We got ours at Whole Foods Market.
    • 1/2 banana, frozen
    • 1 cup frozen organic mixed berries
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, more as needed
    • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
    • Optional: 1 scoop grass-fed whey protein powder (Use code LEXI for 10% off)

    Toppings

    • 1/4 cup paleo granola
    • 1 banana, sliced thin
    • 1 strawberry, sliced thin
    • Handful of raspberries
    • 1/2 teaspoon bee pollen

    Directions

    1. Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender.
    2. Blend until smooth.
    3. Pour into a bowl, garnish with desired toppings and devour!

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    Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan Week 55

    Looking for simple, healthy and delicious meals to make this week? We have got you covered! From my go-to homemade meat sauce with spaghetti squash boats to the freezer-friendly Pecan Popcorn Chicken, this menu is perfect for this busy holiday season!

    New to the meal plans? You can find them all, equipped with *free* printable shopping lists, in our easy Meal Plan Tab on the blog! If you’ve been loving them, we’d love to hear your favorites so far!

    Meal Plan Graphic Week 55 | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Monday: Pecan Popcorn Chicken [dairy-free, paleo-friendly]

    Tuesday: Spaghetti Squash Boats with Homemade Meatsauce [gluten-free, no sugar added, grain-free]

    Wednesday: Candied Pecan and Herb Chicken Salad [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

    Thursday: Leftovers

    Friday: Roasted Salmon with Apple Fennel Salad [30 minutes or less, egg-free, dairy-free]

    Saturday: Out

    Sunday: Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken and Veggies [paleo-friendly, egg-free, gluten-free]

    Grab your free printable shopping list HERE!

    Make some on-the-go breakfasts this week from the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook!

    The French Vanilla Muffins on page 48 are so simple and make for a great freezer-friendly make-ahead breakfast or snack! I also love making a big batch of the French Toast Sticks on page 38 over the weekend and enjoying them as a grab & go option all week long!


    As always, if you have meal plan feedback, please send me an email at Lexi@Lexiscleankitchen.com! I’d absolutely love to hear from you!

    Low Carb Paleo Chicken Parmesan [VIDEO]

    Low Carb Chicken Parmesan (keto, paleo) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    This Low Carb, Paleo Chicken Parmesan made with almond flour is a healthier version of your favorite Italian comfort food dish! It’s breaded to perfection, flavorful, and cooked just right, while also being gluten-free, grain-free, keto, and paleo-friendly! Made in partnership with Shenandoah Valley Organic!

    Low Carb Chicken Parmesan (keto, paleo) - Lexi's Clean KitchenLow Carb Chicken Parmesan [Paleo-Friendly]

    Chicken parm was my go-to growing up. I ordered it EVERYWHERE. Chicken parmesan platters, subs, you name it, I ordered it! If you’ve tried the Eggplant Parm from my cookbook, you know I take these kinds of dishes VERY seriously.

    I am so excited to partner with my friends at Shenandoah Valley Organic to bring you today’s post! SVO is truly one of  my favorite chicken companies because they pride itself in producing the highest quality chicken grown on family-owned farms. Their chickens are humanely raised and fed a diet free from animal byproducts, pesticides, and antibiotics. On their website you can see where all of the farms are located, so you know just where your chicken was raised, which I LOVE.

    Low Carb Chicken Parmesan (keto, paleo) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Not only is this low carb option healthier and made with good ingredients, it also has that crispy breading that we know and love on our chicken parmesan!

    Low Carb Chicken Parmesan (keto, paleo) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Pair it with zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, or gluten-free pasta for the ultimate Italian comfort food!

    Low Carb Chicken Parmesan (keto, paleo) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    If you like this recipe, try these other chicken recipes:

    Watch the video: 

    Low Carb Chicken Parmesan

    Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Total Time 0:45 Serves 4

    Ingredients

    • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast (SVO is my trusted go-to brand)
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tablespoon water

    For the Breading

    Everything Else

    • 1 cup marinara sauce of choice
    • 1 cup fresh mozzarella cheese
    • Fresh basil, for garnish

    Directions

    1. Pat chicken dry and season generously with salt and pepper.
    2. In a bowl whisk together the egg and water.
    3. In a shallow bowl or plate, whisk together almond flour and seasoning.
    4. Dredge chicken in egg mixture, then into breading mixture.
    5. Bake: Preheat oven 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place chicken cutlets on. Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through, until golden brown and no pink remains.
      Fry: Heat avocado oil in a skillet. Once hot, add chicken cutlets. Cook for 5-8 minutes on both sides until golden brown and no pink remains.
    6. Place chicken cutlets on a baking sheet. Top with marinara sauce and cheese. Bake for 5-8 minutes at 350ºF until cheese is melted.

    Recipe Notes

    Serve with zucchini noodles or gluten-free pasta of choice (not low-carb)! Two brands I love are: Jovial and Tinkyada.

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    This post is sponsored by Shenandoah Valley Organic! All thoughts and opinions are always 100% my own! I love the integrity of their products and think you’ll love them too. Thank you for continuing to support LCK and the brands I work with!

    Easy Roasted Poblano & Chicken Soup (VIDEO)

    Roasted Poblano and Chicken Soup [Whole30 option, dairy-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly] | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    This Roasted Poblano & Chicken Soup is the perfect one-pot soup for any day of the week! Flavorful, light & hearty, and packed with good-for-you ingredients. The perfect soup for when you are craving a hearty soup with just the right amount of spice!

    Roasted Poblano and Chicken Soup | Lexi's Clean KitchenEasy Roasted Poblano & Chicken Soup

    If you haven’t tried fire roasted poblano peppers, I highly recommend it! They add such a great smokey flavor to any dish and are super easy to make!

    Roasted Poblano Peppers

    The combination of smoky poblano peppers, creamy broth, salty tortillas and perfectly cooked shredded chicken in this dish is absolutely amazing. One of my favorite soups right now and great for game day, too!

    Roasted Poblano and Chicken Soup | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Nut-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, whole30 option, and paleo-friendly… count us IN! Such a great soup for when you are serving a crowd and looking for an allergen friendly option!

    How do you cook poblano peppers?

    • How to roast poblano peppers on the stove: Place your chile on the stove burners over a medium flame. Turn with tongs as each side blisters, until the skin is toasted and charred!
    • How to roast poblano peppers in the oven: Place the poblano peppers on a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Broil on high for 3-5 minutes, turning halfway, or until the skin is browned and blistered.

    What can I use in place of poblano peppers?

    • Anaheim
    • Bell pepper (milder)
    • Canned chile peppers
    • Serrano pepper (hotter)

    Roasted Poblano and Chicken Soup | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    If you like this recipe, you’ll love these soup recipes:

    Watch the video: 


     

    Roasted Poblano & Chicken Soup

    Prep Time 10 Cook Time 30 Total Time 0:00 Serves 6

    Ingredients

    • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or oil of choice
    • 4 medium fresh poblano chile peppers, roasted directly over an open flame or broiled for 5 minutes until blackened and blistered
    • 2 yellow onions, thinly sliced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 cup carrots, chopped
    • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
    • 4 cups chicken broth
    • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
    • 1 6-ounce can green chilies
    • 1 14.5 ounce can cannellini beans
    • 1 teaspoon cumin
    • 1 teaspoon oregano
    • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
    • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon pepper 

    Garnishes

    • Tortilla chips, crumbled
    • Feta cheese, crumbled
    • 1 avocado, diced
    • Fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
    • 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced
    • 1/2 red onion, finely diced
    • 1 lime, sliced into wedges

    Directions

    1. Roast Poblanos: Turn on the flame on your gas stove and place poblano peppers on the flame. Turn often until charred. OR in the oven: Place the poblano peppers on a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Broil on high for 3-5 minutes, turning halfway, or until the skin is browned and blistered.
    2. In a large dutch oven, heat oil on medium-high heat.
    3. Add onion, garlic, and carrots. Sauté for 3-5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
    4. Chop the poblanos into small pieces then add the poblano peppers and the spices and stir for 1-2 minutes.
    5. Pour the chicken broth, diced tomatoes, green chilies, beans, and spices. Stir until well combined. Cover and bring soup to a boil.
    6. Once at a boil, turn down heat and add in chicken. Let simmer covered for 20-25 minutes until chicken is fully cooked through and no pink remains. Take soup off the heat.
    7. Gently take the chicken out of the soup. Let cool, shred and set aside.
    8. Using a liquid measuring cup, scoop 4 cups of soup into a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Add pureed soup and shredded chicken back into the soup and stir well.
    9. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
    10. Serve warm with desired toppings!

    Recipe Notes

    1. Instead of transferring 4 cups of soup to a blender, feel free to use an immersion blender in this step if desired! If using an immersion blender, make sure to leave some of the veggies whole, and avoid over-blending. The soup shouldn't be a pureed soup!
    2. This soup isn't super spicy, but to avoid spice, scrape out seeds from any peppers!
    3. Want to sub the poblano pepper?  Try: Anaheim, bell pepper (milder), additional canned chile peppers, cerrano pepper (hotter). OR you can omit.
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