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Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry

If you are looking for a low carb, satisfying vegetarian side dish, Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry is a great way to go. And it’s super healthy with cauliflower, carrots, spinach and beets.

I love the colors in this simple vegetable dish. The deep purple beets against the bright white-orange-green medley – lovely!

Cauliflower-Carrot 'Rice', Spinach and Beets - low carb healthy vegetarian side

Cauliflower ‘rice’ is not new. Anyone on a low carb diet knows that. I forgot, though, how easy it is to make and how you don’t really miss the actual rice.  Fake rice!  Why not?

I paired the cauliflower rice stir fry with carrots mostly for color.  The spinach adds even more color and a ton of health benefits too. I used a simple garlic-butter-lemon sauce to boost the flavor. Or if you prefer, use olive oil instead for a vinaigrette dressing.  (I like butter with cauliflower).

With the exception of the earthy beets, all the vegetables in this dish – cauliflower, spinach and carrots – are pretty bland which makes them a perfect palette for any kind of flavor profile you want to create.

The cauliflower rice is a great partner for baked apricot onion chicken, grilled pork tenderloin with balsamic maple glaze or sweet and spicy salmon.

Tailor To Your Taste

  • Change the flavor profile with with a different dressing or seasonings such as honey-mustard, Indian seasonings, peanut sauce or Tahini sauce
  • Add red pepper for even more color or some dried red chili flakes for heat.
  • Try some nuts and/or dried cranberries for texture

Shortcuts for Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry

  • Buy cauliflower rice (cauliflower rice that has already been processed into ‘rice’). Some groceries sell it fresh or frozen.
  • Buy packaged roasted beets.

Cauliflower-Carrot 'Rice', Spinach and Beets - low carb healthy vegetarian side

 

Cauliflower-Carrot 'Rice', Spinach and Beets - low carb healthy vegetarian side
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Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry

If you are looking for a low carb, satisfying vegetarian side dish, Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry is a great way to go. And it's super healthy with cauliflower, carrots, spinach and beets. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 sides
Author: Cheryl

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower florets, core and stems removed
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled, cut into large pieces
  • 4 cup fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoon butter or olive oil (or combination)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (1 clove)
  • 1/4 cup green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (1/3-1/2 lemon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 beet, roasted or boiled and peeled, cut into thin julienne slices

Instructions

  • 'RICE' CAULIFLOWER AND CARROTS: Place cauliflower florets and carrots in a food processor. Pulse about 10 times (or more if needed) until they resemble rice. You may have to do this in two batches, depending on size of processor.
  • STEAM CAULIFLOWER RICE: Place 'rice' in a frying pan or wok. Add a tablespoon or two of water and heat to medium. Cover and steam for 4-6 minutes or until al dente (not too soft). Uncover and stir fry another minute while stirring to eliminate any accumulated water.
  • MAKE SEASONED DRESSING: Make dressing while cauliflower is steaming. If using butter, melt it in the microwave for 20 seconds. If using oil, place oil in a small bowl or measuring cup. Add garlic, green onions, salt, pepper, lemon juice and stir to combine.
  • ADD SPINACH: Add chopped fresh spinach to cauliflower rice and stir to combine. Spinach will wilt in a minute or two.
  • FINISH THE DISH: Pour in dressing and mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings. Add a pile of beets on top (or mix them in) and serve.

Notes

 
 
Nutrition values are estimates. 

Nutrition

Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 396mg | Potassium: 779mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 7971IU | Vitamin C: 83mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 2mg
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