I’m always surprised by the posts from my food blog that get the most visitors. As of now, it looks like anything with cauliflower is a hit with my readers, so I’m posting yet another recipe that features this fiber-filled veggie. I hope you guys love this cilantro lime cauliflower rice as much as my other cauliflower recipes.
If this is your first time checking out a riced cauliflower recipe, I recommend reading this post first. It explains where I buy my cauliflower rice and includes some other info about this popular low-carb dietary staple.
Before we dive in, I just want you to know that you can sneak in 77% of the daily RDA for vitamin C with just 1 serving of cauliflower. Pretty impressive, especially if your body can’t tolerate citrus fruits very well or you’re trying to reduce the amount of fruit you consume.
Cauliflower also has choline, which is good for your brain, and tons of other nutrients, including beta-carotene, vitamin B6, and potassium. It’s a great source of protein for vegans and vegetarians, and you can use it to replace ingredients like rice, quinoa, cheese, and potatoes in healthy recipes.
Now that I’ve convinced you that cauliflower is a total rock star, let’s discuss this super easy cilantro lime cauliflower rice recipe and why I decided to make it. I was craving Mexican food, but I can’t have tomatoes at the moment because my LPR has been awful this month. If you aren’t familiar with LPR, I can sum it up quickly: You can’t breathe. You feel like you are being choked. Your throat and ears burn, and your voice is constantly hoarse. It’s like GERD, only 1000 times worse.
Dairy, corn, and wheat are the main triggers for my LPR. I already avoid wheat due to other medical issues, but I’ve been happily stuffing my face with cheese-drenched dishes all summer. I’ve also been visiting local fairs and festivals, which means I haven’t been eating as well as I do the rest of the year. I usually don’t consume much dairy or corn, so all of this has made my LPR go crazy. I can only blame myself, though. Sigh.
Now that we’ve gotten my medical history out of the way, let’s whip up some cilantro lime cauliflower rice.
Start by coating a large skillet with olive oil and avocado oil. Add cauliflower, lime juice, garlic powder, sea salt, and lime zest, and heat all of these ingredients on medium-high for 7 to 10 minutes. Add green onions and cilantro, then heat for an additional 7 to 10 minutes. I like my cauliflower rice crispy and brown, so I cook it for about 20 minutes total. Reduce the time if you prefer soft cauliflower with more of a traditional rice texture.
Notice how light the cauliflower rice looks in the pic above? This pic was taken after about 7 minutes.
Continue cooking your cilantro lime cauliflower rice mixture, stirring often, until it reaches your desired level of doneness. Here’s how I like mine:
Top with avocado slices, plus additional sea salt and lime juice, if desired.
Oh, and extra cilantro. You can never go wrong with cilantro unless you’re one of those people who think it tastes like soap.
I think cilantro lime cauliflower rice is my new favorite way to eat cauliflower.
Here’s my printable, Pinnable recipe for cilantro lime cauliflower rice:
What’s your favorite Mexican entree or side?