Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

I’ve been waiting to share this recipe with you for a good month now, but life has been so hectic that this took a back burner! The reason why I wanted to share it with you, is to give you a veggie options for your salad bowls other than the standard rice, quinoa, kale or any other leafy green base. Don’t get me wrong I love leafy greens but a girl needs variety! If you been following along on Instagram, you know that salad bowls are my all time fav lunch options because they are just soooo easy and soooo delicious!

On a weekly basis I will batch cook a bunch of random veggies, proteins, grains and then its just a matter of assembling your delicious salad for your lunch. My days start at 5:30 am and sometimes I don’t get home until 10:00 pm so cooking that night is just not an option for me! I have found that batching cooking in this manner and then assembling my salad bowls in the morning, before I leave for work, works best for my schedule.

So why cauliflower… other than the obvious reason that cauliflower rice is delicious. I wanted to give you some more health facts of why you should try cauliflower rice. *(Those of you that have tried it you know what I’m talking about, and those of you that haven’t, try this recipe and you will understand!)

Why choose Cauliflower flower rice

Low Glycemic load
You always hear about how the goal is to balance blood sugar. But why? The body is smart, it has a baseline and it will take action to come back to that baseline. When blood sugar is high the body will secrete insulin to remove the glucose from the blood system into the cells for energy. When blood sugar drops we have the hormone glucagon which acts to release glucose into the blood, from its stored form. This roller coaster act on blood sugar is problematic to our health and weight loss. The sweet spot is to maintain a balanced blood sugar level. There are two ways to do this 1) remove all carbohydrate based food (extreme and not suggested at all) 2) understand the glycemic load. Carbohydrates are macro nutrients that are required by the body to function optimally, such as feeding the good bacteria, energy supply, sleep quality and extra important for hormone health in women. So without eliminating carbs we should learn how to eat them optimally! The Glycemic Index is a rate given to each food based on the level that it raises blood sugar. Glycemic Load takes this rate one step further and takes into consideration the serving size of the food and the effect on blood sugar. The goal is to eat foods that are low in the glycemic index, like cauliflower, so that blood sugar is not spiked.

Detoxification

Cauliflowers are part of the famous: king is kale family! This class of veggies, Brassica, are known for the potent detox effects in the body. Our liver has over 300 functions in the body, a large component being detoxification. Including, detox powerhouse food like, cauliflower will be sure to help your liver, and it will be surely thankfully as it has a tremendous role in keeping us healthy!

Fibre

I mean if you haven’t realized by now, I really like fibre! I think every other article I put out I talk about fibre, and as I should! Fibre is sooo important. Sadly though the majority of the population does not get enough. We should be aiming to get about 35g of fibre daily to ensure we are keeping regular. It’s very important to keep things moving (if you know what I mean) because the waste needs to leave our body. After our liver has worked so hard to breakdown the crap (pun intended) out of the too s in our body we need the fibre (and water) to move it out! And of course nature has our back and makes sure that we get water and fibre in each bite of veggies we eat!

Now that you have enough of the why, let’s get to how:


CILANTRO LIME CAULIFLOWER RICE

Serving: 2

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes


INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 head of cauliflower
  • 4 tbsp cilantro, minced
  • 1 lime, juice and zest
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp butter or ghee

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut the cauliflower into quarter, and place a quarter at a time in a blender. Use the pulse/chop or low setting until the it looks like cauliflower crumbs (or cauliflower “rice”).
  2. Heat the pan on medium heat, and then add the butter or ghee.
  3. Once ghee or butter have melted add in the cauliflower rice, cumin, salt, lime juice and lime zest in the pan.
  4. Sir the contains together and cook until the cauliflower is warm (3-5 minutes).
  5. About a minute before turning off he heat, incorporate the cilantro.

THAT’S ALL!


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