My paternal grandparents were immigrants from Mexico. Both of them are deceased now, but I still have vivid memories of them. My grandmother spoke very little English, could not read or write, but boy could she cook. We went to my grandparents home on Sunday's after church. Fresh flour tortillas with butter or peanut butter, Mexican rice and boiled chicken were Sunday staples. I can see my grandmother's hands rolling tortillas and cooking them on the gas burner. I watched my grandmother make rice many times, she'd throw white rice in a pan with lard and brown it then add water, onion, garlic and tomatoes. Never used a measuring cup or spoon, just her hands, and every batch was as good as the next.
Mexi “Cauli” Rice
- 1 Medium Head Cauliflower
- 1/4 Medium Onion, Chopped
- 1 Can Organic Chopped Tomatoes, Drained
- 2 Garlic Cloves, Crushed
- 2 Tbsp. Bacon Grease, Coconut Oil or Lard
- 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
- 1 tsp. Celtic Sea Salt
- “Rice” Cauliflower (see below).
- Add all ingredients in cast iron skillet and cook on medium-high, stirring frequently until rice is soft.
- Turn up heat to high, continue to stirring, to give rice a little color. About 3 minutes.
How To Rice Cauliflower
Two methods I've used with success; using a box grater and my Vitamix.
- Using a box grater, simply grate the head of cauliflower to the stems, into rice.
- In the VitaMix, chop cauliflower, add flowerettes to canister, add enough water to float off blade and pulse 3-4 times on high. Drain.
Commercial food industry at it's finest. Add dried powdered cauliflower, stripped of it's nutrients, to pasta and play on every Mom's attempt to get their kids to eat more vegetables. Nothing healthy about this “veggie pasta” from the enriched wheat flour that will send blood sugar skyrocketing right down to the Yellow #5 & 6 which is known to cause hyperactivity in children. To get 1 serving of vegetables you'd have to eat two cups of this which is over 100 grams of carbohydrates prepared.
No enriched wheat, no food color, no modified food starch, or any other food additive. Just veggies, healthy fats and a little creativity. Approved by both of my kids!