Thursday, January 26, 2017

Cauliflower Rice with Shiitake Mushrooms and Peas

Cauliflower Rice with Shiitake Mushrooms and Peas
It’s late January and our local farmers markets are at their peak. Today there was a band playing songs from the seventies and a couple of food trucks. The air was brisk, in the high 50’s and everyone was bundled up with hats and mittens. Seems us desert dwellers aren’t used to the cooler weather. There were many varieties of locally-grown citrus and veggies. The first to catch my eye was the cauliflower as there were 3 different kinds; cheddar, purple and regular. Cauliflower wasn’t on my list this week but you know how it goes, you buy what looks the best so this is how I came to make cauliflower rice.

Cheddar Cauliflower

Purple Cauliflower

White Cauliflower
The thing about cauliflower rice is that you know it’s cauliflower. Although it’s not riddled with calories; sometimes it can be a little bland. Adding veggies and herbs can bring lots of color and flavor. The first time I made and posted a recipe about cauliflower rice was almost three years ago. When I look back on that post the pictures were dark and the directions were limited, what was I thinking, lol? Anyway, I thought I would update that recipe here and add a different spin.

In this 2017 version I squeezed the moisture out of the “rice” and used olive oil instead of coconut oil. Squeezing the water out made the “rice” more crumbly and able to soak up more of the flavors that I was adding. The end result was delicious and a little crunchy. A different texture can change everything. From a distance this dish looks like any other ordinary rice dish with veggies, but watch out; even though you can tell it’s not exactly rice……it’s delicious!

yield: 4 to 5print recipe

Cauliflower Rice with Shiitake Mushrooms and Peas

prep time: 25 MINScook time: 6 MINStotal time: 31 mins
Cauliflower Rice with Shiitake Mushrooms and Peas is flavorful and delicious, a great dish and a wonderful way to cut back on the calories.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ small red onion, diced
  • 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced thinly
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • ½ bunch green onions, sliced thinly
  • ½ cup green peas ( I used frozen)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preparing the “rice” is really easy. You can use a hand held box grater or a food processor. The food processor will give you the best results. First remove the outer leaves from the cauliflower, then cut into florets and remove most of the thick core. Blitz half of the cauliflower at a time, otherwise you might gum up the “rice”. Pulse until the cauliflower resembles rice, it’s okay if there are a few lumps.
  2. Next put cauliflower into the middle of a clean dish towel. Roll it up and then squeeze out as much of the moisture as you can. Shake into a bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a large skillet add the olive oil, then the red onions and mushrooms, cook until tender. Add the wine and sauté until evaporated. Then add the chicken broth and cauliflower. Cook until just tender about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the green onions and peas. Cook for another minute or so until peas are warmed through. Ready to serve.
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Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

36 comments:

  1. I love those purple cauliflowers! Don't see them in our local market or chain supermarkets. The 'rice' stirfry looks very delicious, Cheri.

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    1. Thanks Angie, in the southwest this is our garden growing season for many types of veggies.

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  2. This sounds delicious, Cheri! All the cauliflower varieties are good, and this recipe is a must try. It would be a hit here!

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  3. Love cauliflower and thid sounds delicious Cheri !

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  4. I have been REALLY into cauliflower rice recently, though I am the only one in my house who loves it, haha! Great recipe! Thanks for sharing! <3 - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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    1. Thanks Gingi, we have a few foods that are like that around here too. lol!

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  5. Your "rice with mushrooms and peas" sounds very good. Thanks for the tip about squeezing the moisture out. I'll give that a try.

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    1. Thanks Karen, squeezing the water out really does makes a difference. Take care!

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  6. Great tips on working with cauliflower "rice." I'm sure the shitakes punch up the flavor a lot! I'll have to remember this when I hit my next diet wall!

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    1. Thanks Inger, I've been adding shiitakes to so many things, the farmers market is now selling them.

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  7. I made cauliflower rice before and appreciate the tip for squeezing out the liquid . This is a great recipe . Thanks Cheri

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  8. I love all the colours of the cauliflower. I would not have been able to resist buying them either.

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    1. Hi Tandy, I know exactly what you mean, I've been spending quite a bit each week on our veggies, can't help myself.

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  9. Cauliflower is one of those misunderstood vegetables. It can be incredibly bland without the proper care. Your rice looks amazing. I especially like the idea of squeezing out the liquid to make the vegetable crunchier. Well done and thank you, Cheri. D

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    1. Thanks Dena, I agree, some veggies are a bit harder to prepare than others. Have a great week-end.

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  10. What a lovely recipe! Sounds delicious! I've never made cauliflower rice.

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    1. Hi Zaza, hope you get the chance to try this. Trader Joes sells cauliflower already riced so all you have to do is to add your own goodies. Take care!

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  11. We are having cauliflower quite often as it is in season now. I love your cauli-rice recipe. Very inventive!

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    1. Thanks Alida, cauliflower is in season here as well always looking for new ways to prepare.

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  12. I've never made cauliflower rice despite my love of the vegetable. Thanks for inspiring me and for all your tips. It's on my to-do list. And can I mention how jealous I am of your farmers' market and the picture perfect heads of cauliflower?? Lucky you!

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    1. Thanks Liz, we enjoy our farmers market very much but our market will be ending in April when most everyone else's will begin. Take care!

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  13. I'm jealous of your farmer's market, that's so awesome! Love cauliflower anything so I know this would be wonderful!

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    1. Thanks Chris, the farmer that I visit twice weekly has 2 locations here in the valley; 68 acres total. One location is near a cancer center and they provide produce for the patients as well as there customers (farmers markets).

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  14. Bravo to you Cheri for your commitment to health and creative deliciousness =) The shiitake and peas does seem like a natural compliment to the cauliflower. Ps Love the beauty of purple cauliflower florets.

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    1. Thanks Kim, I think the purple is goegeous too, almost too pretty to cook or steam. Have a great week-end.

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  15. I always love cauliflower rice and this looks like a great version. sometimes they do need a little squeazing don't they?

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    1. Lol, yes they certainly do, thanks for stopping by Tania.

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  16. I have only tried cauliflower rice when Trader Joe offers a sample. I thought, "Nice idea, but it needs something..." And here you are with that something! Will definitely try it, Cheri. I love shiitake mushrooms - they give an almost garlicky flavor without the garlic!

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    1. Thanks David, yes I know exactly what you mean, when I first started preparing cauliflower this way I did not squeeze out the water and I think that contributed to the lack of flavor. Have a wonderful week-end;)

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  17. Cauliflower is definitely peaking right now. I have good friends who have really enjoyed making all kinds of cauliflower rice-Trader Joe's is even selling it in a bag now. I am going to pass along this recipe to them.

    Velva

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    1. Thanks Velva, yes I have seen it at Trader Joes, love that store. Take care!

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  18. Ha! I just made some cauliflower rice with purple cauliflower the other day! This sounds scrumptious!

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  19. I love cauliflower rice so much, and even freeze some as rice when we are getting it from the garden. I will definitely try this. I need to add some variety to our cauliflower dishes :)

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