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Cauliflower Dirty Rice [RECIPE]

Oh, how the calories stack up over the holidays! Like many people, I try and eat more healthily when the new year arrives. For me, that means a diet of less simple carbs and more veggies and proteins.

Cauliflower is one of my favorite go-to ingredients when I’m on a healthy kick. It’s loaded with Vitamin C, Vitamin K (an excellent anti-inflammatory), and has even been linked to studies of cancer prevention! I enjoy Cauliflower simply roasted in the oven, fried into Gobi Manchurian, pureed into a tasty mashed potato alternative, made into a faux-pizza crust, OR used as an alternative to rice!

Fork Vs. Food- Cauliflower Dirty Rice Served Bowl

Cauliflower Dirty Rice
1 Medium Cauliflower
1/2 lb Chicken Livers
1/2 lb Bacon, partially sauteed, chopped
1 Medium Yellow Onion, diced
1 Green Bell Pepper, diced
1-2 Mild Green Chile,diced
2 Carrots, shredded
2 cans Whole Peeled Tomato, drained and chopped
6 cloves of Garlic, minced
1 1/2 tbsp. fresh Oregano, chopped
1 tbsp. fresh Italian Parsley, chopped
2 1/2 cups Chicken Stock
1 1/2 tbsp. Sherry Vingar or Red Wine Vinegar
1 tbsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 tbsp. Smoked Paprika
1 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
4 eggs
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Fork Vs. Food- Cauliflower Dirty Rice Intro Shot
I’ve made faux rice dishes with Cauliflower lots of times, so please feel free to use this as a general instruction and substitute whatever ingredients you’d like to make your rice dish. It can be easily made into a vegetarian entree, or a creamy risotto with a bit of tweaking. I happen to like chicken livers, so I enjoy this variation which I serve with a link of spicy sausage or crispy baked chicken thighs.

Fork Vs. Food- Cauliflower Dirty Rice Pulse CauliflowerSeries
To start, cut the base of the cauliflower off and discard any leaves. Roughly cut the cauliflower into small pieces and pulse in a food processor until the pieces are the size of grains of rice. It’s possible to over-do it, so keep a close eye near the end. If you don’t have a food processor, you can get close to these results using a box grater. It’s definitely a bit messier, though.
Fork Vs. Food- Cauliflower Dirty Rice Liver series
For the dirty rice recipe, I like to get the nice liver taste cooked deep into the dish, so I start out by browning the livers in a little vegetable oil. Once they are browned on the outside and you have a nice crust forming on the pan, remove the livers and add the diced onion with a pinch of salt.

Fork Vs. Food- Cauliflower Dirty Rice DeglazeSautee the onions for a couple minutes, making sure not to burn the fond(brown bits) on the bottom of the pan. Deglaze the pan with the Sherry Vinegar and then a half cup of Chicken Stock. Gently sautee the onions for a couple minutes.

Fork Vs. Food- Cauliflower Dirty Rice Cook Cauliflower Series
Add the riced Cauliflower and carrots, along with another cup of Chicken Stock and a pinch of salt. Cook for five minutes.
Fork Vs. Food- Cauliflower Dirty Rice Tomatos Series
Add the Tomatoes, Cayenne Pepper and Smoked Paprika. Cook for a few minutes and then add the Diced Chiles and Cheese. Cook for a few more minutes and then finish with the cooked Bacon, roughly chopped Livers, Oregano and Parsley. Combine and turn off the heat.
Fork Vs. Food- Cauliflower Dirty Rice Egg Series2
Transfer the Cauliflower to another dish. Using a spoon, make four divots in the “rice”. Crack an egg into each divot and bake in the oven for 7-10 minutes at 350º.
Fork Vs. Food- Cauliflower Dirty Rice Served
Garnish with Oregano, Smoked Paprika, Salt and Pepper. Eat up, or garnish with the protein of your choice.
Fork Vs. Food- Cauliflower Dirty Rice Fin
This one was a winner.
What other sort of rice dishes would you make with Cauliflower?