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Simple Cauliflower Rice

One of the things that’s great about cutting out grains is all of the different ways I have been enjoying food. I love food. I love cooking. I love creating healthy nutritious meals for my family. Nothing makes me more proud than my daughter enjoying an abundance of veggies, and loving them. There’s a trick though. Garlic. This baby loves garlic. This is unfortunate for those around us because she apparently inherited her mommy’s “intolerance” (if you will) to it.

If I had a nickel for every time Michael came home and said:

“Ugh. Did you give her garlic again????”

I’d have a new pair of shoes.

When we eat it sautéed or roasted it is not as intense, but apparently it still seeps from our pores. Oh well the health benefits outweigh stinking our loved ones out. At least that’s the way I see it.

 

Another thing Ella loves is cauliflower. Just like her daddy. It has definitely grown on me over the years. We all love it roasted, along with some Brussels sprouts, asparagus, and red pepper. Roasted veggies are a major staple in our house. But recently I wanted to switch it up. I like giving Ella as much variety as possible. This is a crucial time for potential picky eaters in their development. Introducing new foods with different textures can be challenging. However, my trick is to give her foods I know she loves in different ways. And add garlic

Making cauliflower rice is so simple, and so healthy! It’s a great way to get picky toddlers to eat more veggies! It tastes just like rice!

 

 

Simple Cauliflower Rice

ingredients:

  • 1 medium head of organic cauliflower
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon organic grass-fed butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

directions:

Wash and dry the cauliflower and chop into sections, removing the greens and large stem. In a food processor (I use a mini prep) pulse the cauliflower until it turns into a rice consistency and set aside. Meanwhile, sauté garlic and onions in olive oil in a skillet. Once the onions start to caramelize add the butter, then the cauliflower and parsley, salt and pepper. Sautee it together for about 10 minutes on medium-high heath, then place a lid on the “rice” and let it simmer on low heat for an additional 5-10 minutes.

From here there is a lot you could do. We added some grilled chicken to it, but you could also add more veggies like peas, kale or broccoli or even shrimp! Whatever you would add to rice, you could do with this! Enjoy!

 

Weekend/Workouts/Random stuff:

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My brother had his 4th annual bar crawl on Saturday night. Mike and I are old and lame so we end up just going to the last place on their list (which is my moms bar) because they start their shenanigans at 3pm and I want no parts of that. I don’t even partake in the drinking (DD). I got my “Weezus” shirt though. Weezy tried it on first, along with her baby monkey.

I took my cousins maternity photos for her this weekend. I was amazed at my extremely amateur skills. She asked me to take some, and we got many fabulous shots. Her husband is an officer in the marines so we got some really beautiful shots of her in his jacket with the dog tags on her belly. This one with the blocks is one of my favorites though.

 

Speaking of … Jackie and her husband stopped by the first stop on my brother’s crawl. Most of the bars were non-smoking, and at 3pm she felt it was safe. Only to find out my brother made her one of the items on his scavenger hunt:

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I got a text from her saying that all of these random kids were running up asking to take a photo with her followed by “what an ass.” She’s a good sport, and I’m sure she loved every minute of it. We all love a good family prank. I was cracking up.

Just like how at her shower last week, my uncle (is a carpenter) and refinished her old bassinette. It was beautiful. My aunt filled it with my cousin’s old dolls. There was this one that reminded me of the doll from True Blood last season. Totally creepy. J kept asking me if Ella wanted it and I told her to give it to her dog and that he probably would love it. No, the dog was petrified.

Over the weekend I usually swap bags, I but lately I have been using my tote as my diaper bag and my purse. I go through the whole weekend using it, never needing a diaper or a change of clothes. Then, I go to put Ella’s stuff in her diaper bag and pull out this. My first reaction was that my heart sank and I was freaked out. My next, complete laughter. I was carrying this thing around with me since Friday! No clue! Ass.

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We have a long history of creeping each other  (and our friends) out–since we are very young. J and I are the only 10 year olds that were allowed to watch The Exorcist alone. Well, maybe we weren’t allowed but we did anyway. Then we’d tell all of our friends scary stories.

So anyway…what do I do about the doll? I put it into Ella’s diaper bag, under her box with her dinner for my mom to find I got to mom’s and told her that Ella’s stuff had to go right in the fridge (while I changed her diaper). Needless to say I got a good scare out of her. Hahahah.

My mom plans to put it in my brother’s car. He doesn’t read my blog regularly so……we shall keep passing the creepy doll along….

As far as workouts go: today I decided it was too nice out to go to the gym. This summer has been brutal weather-wise so I wanted to take advantage of the mild temps.

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I went over to the high school and did some interval running. I would say I got in about 2 1/2 miles, a bunch of burpees and some planking. I REALLY wanted to run the bleachers. I may be the minority but I looove it! I got up to the first step, and just as I was about to place my hand on the rail to adjust my shoe I noticed a large swarm of bees. About 20 of them. I’m highly allergic. Crap. Head to the other end, a black bee-like thing with a stinger as long as my pinky. Fail. I went over to the astro-turf to do some core and stretching. And chase soccer balls from the next field over as they flew in my direction.

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Do you and your family pull pranks on each other? What’s the best prank you ever pulled off, or got pulled on you?

What are your favorite rice add-ins/spices? (I need more ideas for my cauliflower rice!)

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24 Comments

  • Reply thehealthyapron

    CREEEPY doll! I’m sorry I read the rest of your post but that gives me the heeby jeebs! I’m NOT a doll person hahaha

    ps. I must try this cauliflower rice!

    August 21, 2012 at 9:07 am
    • Reply laury

      Yea, I am with you!

      August 21, 2012 at 12:43 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Hi!
    Your Cauliflower Rice is amaaazing! Thanks for letting me sample it on Saturday. I can’t wait to make it!
    Sissy

    August 21, 2012 at 9:16 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, sissy! It means so much to me that you liked it! I can’t wait for you to make it!!!

      August 21, 2012 at 12:43 pm
  • Reply the delicate place

    i love cauliflower too—the versatility is really amazing..(mash, rice, crudite etc). i literally ‘awwed’ when i saw that monkey photo on instagram and you know i am not really a ‘little kids’ fan but her cuteness has worn me down 🙂

    OMG that is the scariest doll ever! i went outside on sat for a short walk and then sunday for a 20min jog..i totally agree this summer has been brutal! i didn’t know you were allergic to bees yikes! we aren’t really a prank fam–they are SO serious all the time…in fact my mother HATES surprises so i know not to do it ha.

    hmm lately i have been doing coconut oil + curry in my cauli mash. i also like kerrygold butter with smoked paprika and some sea salt 🙂

    August 21, 2012 at 10:13 am
    • Reply laury

      Heheh I know you’re not as into babies so it is pretty legit when Ella makes you go awww 😉

      I LOVE kerrygold butter. That’s what we use too! And their cheeses are good (I know you don’t do dairy)…but I give Ella the pastured Irish cheese in small amounts for protein. She loves it!

      August 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    Love this post with all the stuff about your life 🙂

    I also love cauli rice—it has made a huge difference for me in the grain-free journey. I will definitely try your version. I’m on my way to Cali, and I have big plans to get my cousin to start eating more like me and less like a truck driver 🙂 Cauli rice is on my list of things to get her to enjoy! (however, I know what she really wants is french fries….I’m thinking maybe doing like cauli “tater” tots to get at that issue)….

    My family doesn’t really do pranks, but I have some friends who do–we don’t prank each other, we prank other people. Things like putting old toilets in people’s yards, and sending someone to the door pretending to be a stripper…. As long as the pranks are just funny, harmless, and not mean…I’m all for it!

    August 21, 2012 at 11:54 am
    • Reply laury

      I cauli tater sounds amazing! Way to think!!!

      I am just so excited for you I can’t even stand it! I admire what you’re doing so much! It takes guts! But you will do amazing out there. I am a little bit jealous. I’d love to pick up and move across country! With my family in tow of course! Best of luck! I can’t wait to hear about the adventure and everything else!

      August 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm
  • Reply Alisa

    We make Cauli-rice weekly! I have to keep the garlic modest though 🙂

    August 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm
    • Reply laury

      Hahaha…yes it’s so good! I SHOULD keep it modest, but it’s too good!

      August 22, 2012 at 4:36 pm
  • Reply Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers

    The “rice” sounds pretty good to me! Thanks for sharing.

    Great pic by the way – I’m sure the maternity session was greatly appreciated.

    August 21, 2012 at 8:09 pm
  • Reply Purely Michelle

    creepy doll! haha

    and I have only had cauliflower rice raw, which I think it funny. will have to it cooked. made cauliflower mash the other day, so good!

    August 21, 2012 at 10:26 pm
  • Reply Mariella Lombardi

    Hi Laury,

    great looking belly and congrats to your cousin.
    I heard a long time ago about making rice from cauliflower, I just never attempted to try it. But your recipe looks pretty good so I might give it a try.
    The doll is really creepy, never going to a haunted house with you!

    August 23, 2012 at 7:49 am
    • Reply laury

      You should definitely try it!

      And thanks…but my cousin is the one you don’t want to go to a Haunted House with. Trust me. I know from experience 😉

      August 23, 2012 at 11:39 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    Haha, I have the unfortunate garlic intolerance too! Not so much fun, when it is in SO many foods! I also have the onion intolerance. It makes me smile when you say “nothing makes me more proud than my daughter enjoying an abundance of veggies, and loving them” that is so great to hear!
    Roasted veggies are definitely a staple over here too! I can’t get enough of them! I’ll appreciate when fall comes around so I can roast my veggies without dying of heat.;)
    That cauliflower rice looks quite great!! I love spices like red pepper flakes, curry powder, oregano, and basil the best probably!
    Haha that is hilarious, and the doll is totally creepy!

    August 23, 2012 at 1:38 pm
    • Reply laury

      Hahaha..glad I am not the only offensive garlic stinker 😉

      August 23, 2012 at 11:40 pm
  • Reply Susan

    Yum that rice looks wonderful. I’m going to try it with the cauliflower I have. Wow you are good at taking photos, love the photo of your pregnant cousin.

    Funny abou the prank and that doll would give me the creeps. Have a doll here called Terry and I take him out when I have a few friends over, he actually looks reals so he gives people a fright . Funny! My friend couldn’t sleep in the spare room with Terry the doll there!!

    August 23, 2012 at 2:44 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks! You have gotta make this, it’s so yummy and you could add anything you want to it for some protein or more veggies, or as a side, etc!

      August 23, 2012 at 11:38 pm
  • Reply Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner

    That is so cool that you can make “rice” from cauliflower. What an ingenious idea! 🙂

    September 3, 2012 at 1:08 am
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