turmeric coconut cauliflower rice

Do you say TOO-muric or TUR-meric?  I had one of those moments where my pronunciation didn't match the spelling and I thought I'd been embarrasingly saying it wrong all along. The "internet" has squelched my embarrassment and assured me I was correct in either spelling but that the pronunciation should be TOO-muric.

Now that I've settled that, let's chat about cauliflower rice. I'm not sure who anyone is trying to fool but cauli-rice definitively not rice. Let's just embrace cauliflower rice as a vegetable side dish and not a faux-rice and we can all be happy. Plain jane cauliflower rice is fairly depressing, especially if you're at the beginning of a whole 30 or switching to a paleo based style of eating. You're missing rice, you want that comforting bowl of steaming, starchy love and instead you're eating a steaming, starch-less bowl of...cauliflower. I get it. I've been there. This recipe is my solution to that feeling. By adding coconut milk, turmeric and cilantro we go from a blah bowl of cauliflower rice to a dynamic, rich side dish that pairs well with a spicy curry or jerk chicken. 

Have you ever had that sad feeling about paleo, grain-free or gluten-free mock recipes? Let me know in the comments and I'll do my best to come up with a recipe that changes that unfulfilled feeling to a positive one.


turmeric coconut cauliflower rice
serves 4-6

1 head cauliflower, riced (about 5 cups)  (how-to at the Kitchn)
2 tbsp ghee or avocado oil
1 tbsp turmeric
1 tbsp curry powder
1 cup stock, chicken or vegetable
1 cup canned coconut milk
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2/3 cup cilantro, chopped
1 cup peas, frozen

In a large saute pan on medium heat, melt 2 tbsp ghee. Once ghee is melted, add spices and let them develop their flavour in the ghee for 1 minute before adding the chicken stock, coconut milk and salt. Stir to combine spices, stock and coconut milk. Add riced cauliflower, stir to incorporate and let simmer for 10 minutes until cauliflower is soft but not mushy. Add peas and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in cilantro and enjoy.

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turmeric coconut cauliflower rice