Crazy For Cauliflower!

I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand a basic bitch kinda meal.

I’m all about variation, especially when it comes to my veggie sides!

I’ve had a bunch of recipes harbored on pinterest that I felt needed to be experimented with.

Since it was one of the first rainy days the northeast had seen in a while, it proved to be the perfect day for a day in the kitchen.

I started out with cauliflower.

It’s one of those vegetables that I had complete disdain for as a child but have grown to love as an adult. I don’t mind the taste, especially when it’s flavored with herbs and spices.

Following the recent trend of subbing out a starch and replacing with a veggie, I decided to try out cauliflower rice and cauliflower mash.

The hardest part in making both of these was that fact that I was missing a food processor… but thank god for Vitamixes! 🙂

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To make the rice, I chopped up a head of cauliflower, minus the stem and the innards and placed small chunks into my vitamix. I then added a teaspoon or two of water and blended at a low speed until desired consistency.

I then transferred the “rice” into a saucepan with some olive oil, salt and pepper and heated on low for about 15 minutes. (or until cauliflower becomes tender)

Voila!

For the mash…

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I did that same as I had for the rice but placed about a cup of water in before I began blending. I then drained all excess water in a strainer and added some basil pesto in for flavoring. Topped with lentils just because it’s fall and I made way too much. 🙂

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What have you experimented with in terms of subbing starches for veggies?

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