TalentFIT: Why is Cauliflower the New Rice?

Not sure if you have heard, but cauliflower in all its forms (rice, bread, and just the plain old vegetable) has become the new “it” food.

The popularity began with folks on the paleo diet. If you don’t know what that is, basically when you are on the paleo diet you try to eat foods similar to those of our early human ancestors. That means having a higher protein intake than that of the average Western diet, as well as eating only unrefined carbohydrates and nutrient-rich vegetables—like cauliflower.

Did you know cauliflower is only 25 calories per 100g, compared with cooked white rice, which is about 140 calories per 100g? Cauliflower also has close to zero grams of fat, sodium, and sugar. It also contains vitamin C, vitamin K, folates, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, choline, fiber, and Omega-3 fatty acids and is rich in antioxidants? All of these nutrients make it a great addition to your diet to help prevent chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, neurodegenerative disorders, and various forms of cancer.[1] It’s no wonder cauliflower has become such a popular go-to substitute for rice, and even bread, in people’s daily diets.

With that being said, here’s a great recipe for cauliflower rice that I’ve enjoyed. (Hopefully you will too!)

 

CAULIFLOWER “RICE”[2]

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) canola oil
  • 2 cups (500 mL) fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 bell pepper, finely sliced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 head fresh cauliflower, cut into quarters
  • Teriyaki sauce with honey

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat 1–3 minutes or until shimmering. Add broccoli, red pepper, and carrot; cook until softened.
  2. Grate cauliflower florets into large bowl. Add grated cauliflower to skillet; cook, covered, until tender.
  3. Stir in sauce and mix until combined.

 

Cook’s Tips:

For a burrito bowl, grate cauliflower and cook until tender. Mix in cilantro and fresh lime juice. Top with your favorite burrito fillings, such as drained black beans, corn, and grated cheese.

 

Written by Johanna Daproza, Creative Director for Vector TalentMEDIA. For information on how TalentMEDIA can help you, contact Johanna at johanna@vectortalent.com. For information on what TalentFIT can do for you and your company, contact us today at support@betalentfit.com.

 

[1] https://draxe.com/cauliflower/

[2] https://www.pamperedchef.com/recipe/Main+Dishes/American/Cauliflower+%22Rice%22/893638

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