Low Carb Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice Recipe
Cauliflower rice makes a fantastic and easy, keto side dish for anyone who’s on a keto diet or even those who are looking to reduce their carb intake. This keto side dish can be made in less than 30 minutes! Keto cilantro lime cauliflower can be paired with my keto indian butter chicken recipe as they compliment each other really well! With these two recipes paired together, you won’t feel like you’re missing out on any delightful Indian flavors while being on a keto diet! It is even great to have with pork chops, steak or really anything you would normally serve rice with!
This recipe uses coconut milk, which gives the cauliflower rice a subtle taste of coconut, while still keeping the recipe low in carbs. Keto cauliflower rice is ideal as it is easy to make ahead to be used the next day, possibly to take to work for lunch. This is a great meal prep recipe that can be made ahead of time and frozen to use whenever you wish! This recipe is a low carb Chipotle copycat recipe (if you’ve ever been to Chipotle, you’ll know what I’m talking about!).
Is Cauliflower Keto Approved?
Yes, cauliflower is keto approved. With only 1.8 grams of net carbs per one cup (100 grams), cauliflower is one of the most versatile and low-carb vegetables out there. Cauliflower also contains many health benefits and nutrients such as it being high in fiber and in Vitamin C. Cauliflower is also a good source of antioxidants so it is a great food to have on a keto diet.
How to Rice Cauliflower
To rice cauliflower, all you need is a head of cauliflower. Chop it up into florets and place half of it in a food processor. Pulse the cauliflower until it is small and has the texture of rice or couscous. Make sure not to over process it as it will become mushy, and that’s not the texture we want for this recipe. Repeat this process with the other half of the cauliflower.
This does not take a long time to make. However, if you don’t feel like going through the hassle of ricing your cauliflower, you can even buy it pre-riced from the grocery store, usually from the produce section or from the freezer section. Store bought cauliflower rice is also a good option for when you are limited on time.
To store cauliflower rice, cool the leftover rice quickly, either by leaving it out on a baking sheet or placing in the refrigerator. Try not to leave it out for more than two hours as it could cause bacteria growth. Rice lasts for three to four days in the refrigerator or up to three months in a resealable freezer bag in the freezer as cauliflower rice is freezer safe. Frozen rice can then either be added directly to hot dishes, thawed overnight or even in the microwave.