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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

Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 161 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 396mg17%
Potassium 779mg22%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 7971IU159%
Vitamin C 83mg101%
Calcium 79mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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