Ever had cauliflower rice? This Healing Turmeric Cauliflower Rice Bowl is just one way to put your leftover cauliflower to good use.
On Sundays you’ll usually find me in the kitchen cooking up a storm for the week that lies ahead. I usually start by roasting a seasonal medley of vegetables, spices, different types of beans and either rice or quinoa. Once the entire process is complete, I pile everything into storage containers and stick them in the fridge, allowing me to easily grab and go throughout the week. Last week, one of the things I included in my roasting session was cauliflower.
I must admit, cauliflower is not one of my favorite vegetables, but after reading about it while preparing for this post, I have to say it should be. Cauliflower has some downright amazing health benefits. Naturally low in calories, this crazy cruciferous is rich in nutrients, including several carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin), vitamins C, E, and K, folate and minerals. In addition, cruciferous vegetables are high in fiber and also contain a group of substances known as glucosinolates, which are frequently examined for their anti-cancer effects.
When I opened my refrigerator this afternoon in search for something for dinner, I spied the roasted cauliflower that I had prepared earlier in the week. Not wanting it to go to waste, I decided to turn it into cauliflower rice. What? Rice made out of cauliflower, you say? Yes, indeed. You just throw it (already roasted) in the food processor with some garlic, your favorite spices and a pinch of sea salt and pepper and you have a bang-up main ingredient for a salad or buddha bowl.
For this particular buddha bowl, I decided to go one step further and add some turmeric. Turmeric is a beautiful, orange-colored spice known for its anti-inflammatory effects. When you add turmeric to cauliflower rice, it goes from a boring off-white to a stunning rich gold. From here, you can either heat it in a fry pan with a little olive oil and garlic or add it to your buddha bowl without heating. Either way, it’s a definite culinary treat.
Had I more ingredients, I would have added to this Healing Tumeric Cauliflower Rice Bowl, but it was delicious just the way I prepared it. Feel free to add different vegetables and toppings of your choice. For dressing, I used one I already had on hand and added a few ingredients to it, including another dash of turmeric. You just can’t get enough anti-inflammatory effects, can you?
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- 8 large cauliflower florets previously roasted
- 1-2 tsp ground turmeric
- 2 cloves garlic
- 20 cherry tomatoes chopped in half
- 1 avocado chopped
- 2 carrots peeled with vegetable peeler
- 1 small bushel of spinach rinsed and patted dry
- 4 green onions chopped
- 20 pomegranate seeds for garnish
- pinch of sea salt and pepper to taste
- Add cauliflower florets, garlic, turmeric, sea salt and pepper to taste to food processor. Pulse just until the florets are coarsely chopped. Use spatula to scrape sides. Avoid overprocessing as your cauliflower will turn to mush.
- Line two large bowls with spinach leaves. Top spinach leaves with cauliflower rice and rest of vegetables. Serve immediately with your favorite dressing and some warm, crusty bread.