A Low Carb Substitute For Rice

Cauliflower - A Low Carb Substitute For Rice

This is based on an original post from Slow Carb Foodie.  The original author is Laura D.  It’s been modified from its original version.

More than 10 years ago my parents introduced me to “faux rice” and “faux potatoes”.  They tried to find a low carb substitute for rice.  This normally consists of really finely shredding a head of cauliflower (sometimes called “ricing”), steaming it and then covering it in some sort of low carb marinara or meat sauce to mask the fact that it tastes nothing like rice or potatoes.

Actually, with a little bit of time and effort, you can create a cauliflower dish that doesn’t need to be disguised.  Serve these like hash browns for breakfast or as side dish with any meal of the day.

I like to chop up an entire cauliflower at once (as well as extra onion and garlic) and keep the extra in the fridge. That way I can make it a few times throughout the week with minimal prep.

When you’re looking for vegetables to plan your slow-carb meals, this is a great thing to have on hand.  When you prepare it, I’d love to know what you think!

Preparing the Low Carb Substitute For Rice

Zucchini Pancakes

Zucchini Pancakes on SlowCarbMealPlanner.com
After four years of trying, we finally have a garden that’s doing what it should. A lady from church who’s always had a garden, but since she’s getting old doesn’t use as much space, told us we could use some of her field for our garden.

So her son plowed us 4 rows about 100 feet long, and we planted what we had: onions, spinach, chard, zucchini, habañero peppers, beets, green beans, watermelon, cantaloupe, and sunflower. A couple weeks later we had some stuff popping the ground. We were beyond thrilled.

Now, though, we have more zucchini than we know what to do with! We froze a lot of it, but I wanted to try out some pancakes.

Funny story: we have wheat pancakes occasionally on a Sunday, and my 3 year old daughter got excited when she heard Daddy was making zucchini pancakes. “I love zucchini pancakes!” she says. She’d never had them before. She was so excited when she was about to stick the first forkful in her mouth. As soon as it touched her tongue, she made a yucky face and said “I want another one!” I had to explain that these are salty, not sweet. Ha!

I’d eat more than just these for breakfast. Try a couple fried eggs and bacon or sausage to get a nice, rounded breakfast.

These things are tasty!

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Tandoori Chicken Skewers with Broccoli and Cauliflower Couscous

Tandoori chicken with broccoli and cauliflower couscous

Indian food is one of my favorite kinds to eat on slow-carb. I got the idea for the “couscous” one day, and I was really quite pleased (and slightly surprised) at how it turned out. I used a food processor to grate it, and the texture was lovely. Not quite as grainy as couscous, but that could also depend on how much you cook it.

For the tandoori spice, be careful to read labels when you buy it. The first one I looked at had wheat and sugar in it. The second only had the spices.

So here’s one of my favorite slow-carb diet chicken recipes:

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