When in doubt: Tacos! OR put an egg on it… whichever path you choose you will end up happy..I promise.
When I first heard of cauliflower rice I thought that doesn’t even makes sense. Whats crazy about this concept is it looks pretty darn similar to rice once its crumbled up. As for me, I personally think it looks more like cous cous, but we’ll just stick with rice because it sounds better. The technique is quite simple. You just cut up a head of cauliflower into smaller pieces, place it inside a food processor (or robot coupe to all my kitchen speaking folks) and pulse the cauliflower about 10 times or so until you get a crumble. Be careful not to pulse too much or you may end up with dust!
Instead of adding vegetables or other fixins to this “rice”…I decided to use it as a filling for tacos. The cauliflower is my healthier substitution to ground beef that you would use for tacos. Take the seasonings you would use for the taco filling (ie: cumin, cayenne, salt, pepper, etc) and add it into the cauliflower crumble. You don’t have to add in the lentils but you should because they are delicious and a different addition.
Mise en Place:
-1 Cup Lentils, cooked
-1 Head Cauliflower, cut into smaller pieces
-1 Large Yellow onion, small dice
-4 Cloves Garlic, minced
-2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
-1 Tablespoon Cumin
-1/2 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
-1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne
-Salt and Pepper, TT
-Taco shells and toppings of choice
Method of Prep:
-Prepare the cauliflower “rice” by removing the leaves and bottom stem from cauliflower. Cut the cauliflower into small pieces and process a 1/4 of the batch at a time. Pulse on and off until grated. (You can use a box grater as well if you don’t have a food processor)
-Once the cauliflower is grated, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent. Add in garlic and cauliflower. Saute for 3 minutes, stirring often.
-Add in spices and lentils. Mix to combine.
-Continue cooking until cauliflower is tender, approximately 4 minutes.
-Grab some tortilla shells and fill with cauliflower mixture. Top with your favorite taco fillings!