You’ve probably already pinned this recipe – it is definitely going Pinterest-viral right now. This recipe is Pinch of Yum’s Creamy Cauliflower Garlic Rice. She also uses the same sauce to make other stuff, like Pasta Alfredo.
No, it is not a low-carb recipe for rice that is actually grated cauliflower. It is actual brown rice with a faux cream sauce. We’ve all been duped by low calorie cream sauces that just leave a literal bad taste in our mouths. This one, though… this one is something special. The sauce ingredients: cauliflower, vegetable broth, a little milk (which can be left out if you don’t want the dairy), and seasoning.
I kept test-tasting the sauce throughout the process of cooking and was thoroughly unconvinced this sauce was gonna successfully masquerade as anything other than cauliflower. When I sat down to eat, I was surprised – it was quite good. BUT, when I ate leftovers the next day andddd the day after that, I was in absolute health heaven. As in, you have no idea that it’s healthy.
In addition to the sauce, you use whole grain rice, garlic, a little bit of butter, and part-skim mozzarella cheese (again, this would still be delicious if you made this dairy-free). I only used 4 cloves of garlic, less than the original recipe called for, because some reviews said it was overly garlicky – this was a big mistake. I will definitely use a full 8 cloves next time. You can top this dish with some protein – I added sliced chicken breast.
I do recommend letting this recipe sit for hours before eating for the best taste. As the cauliflower sauce sits with the rice, it tastes less and less like.. well, cauliflower.
Creamy Cauliflower Garlic Rice – from Pinch of Yum
- 6-8 cups chopped cauliflower
- 4 cups vegetable broth + 2 cups water
- ½ cup milk
- 1½ cups brown rice blend
- Salt, ground black pepper, cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 6-8 cloves minced garlic
- ½ cup part-skim Mozzarella cheese for topping
- Protein for topping (I added sliced chicken breast)
- Parsley for garnishment