We all need carbs. Carbs are good! However, it is a common misconception and it is a common fear; the fear of carbs, I admit I have even been there. The truth is that your body needs carbs to function, especially if you are engaging in high intensity workouts. I will write another article about carbs but for now let’s focus on this hidden vegetable gem: Cauliflower.
Cauliflower after this post, will become your best friend, trust me. Cauliflower is great vegetable because its so versatile; you can do so many things with it, like:
- You can make it into a Pizza Crust
- You can turn it into Rice
- You can roast them
- You can make Mashed Potatoes
- You can even turn it to a grilled cheese! (Seriously)
- There are even “Cauliflower bites” with a parmesan coating
…and the list goes on on and on!
So why do you need to make this change? Because if you are looking to decrease your carb intake (note: I didn’t say eliminate your carb intake!) then cauliflower is perfect!
You can substitute for rice in your meals, for example dinner where usually you don’t want to have something too heavy. Since I am Spanish, we generally love to eat beans and rice together but the problem here is: double the carbs. Beans are a great source of protein and carbs but adding rice to the mix may add calories and carbs you don’t need. So what’s my solution? I eat my beans with (cauliflower) rice!
Now making cauliflower into different things like listed above may require a lot of time and effort but making rice does NOT!
All you need to do is:
- Cut the cauliflower into florets
- Place them in a food processor
- And voila you now have cauliflower rice.
Three easy steps! And what is even better is that you can freeze it. So what I do is buy cauliflower when it’s on sale, make it into rice, package it in individual small bags and freeze them.
To cook the cauliflower, all you do is place it in the microwave for 3-8minutes depending on the amount and you are ready to enjoy your low-carb rice!