Cauliflower Spanish Rice

I fell in love with this cauliflower Spanish rice recipe a few years ago from A Veggie Venture.  It’s awesome because the recipe is vegan and grain free.  Therefore, I do not feel guilty when I eat several bowls.

Tonight I used purple cauliflower from my vegetable box.  I was going to serve it as a side to taco’s and midstream opted to the cauliflower Spanish rice as my taco filling.  The taco’s were garnished with cashew cream, chopped radish leaves, and sliced radishes.  I have been getting several bunches of liver friendly radishes in my veggie boxes.

I usually make my taco shells from organic masa using a tortilla press.  You want to look for organic masa to avoid GMO corn or you can find organic tortillas.  My concern with store bought tortillas is the additional preservative ingredients that are used by several companies.  I have even nixtamaled my own corn twice and made masa from scratch.  The taste was truly superior to store bought tortillas, but the process was extremely time consuming.

Cauliflower Spanish Rice

1 small head of cauliflower or 1/2 large head, cut into florets
1/2 large onion, diced
1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tomatoes, grated, or 1/2 can of diced tomatoes, or 1 cup of salsa
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 serrano chili pepper, seeds removed and diced
juice from 1 lemon
handful cilantro, diced

Steam cauliflower until al dente (cooked but not soft).

Meanwhile heat oil in skillet on medium high and saute onions and bell pepper until soft and golden. Add the garlic and cook for additional minute then add the tomatoes, onion powder, paprika, chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder and cook for 7-10 minutes.

Once the cauliflower is cooked rinse with cold water and move to chopping block. Dice the cauliflower into small pieced resembling rice.

Stir in the cauliflower into the tomato mixture and continue to fry/cook. Add lemon juice and adjust seasonings as needed. Continue to cook until the tomatoes have dried out. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro.

Serve and enjoy!

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