the creamy cauliflower garlic rice is inspired by one of my favorite bloggers lindsay at pinch of yum. i love the style of her writing, her personality and how familiar she is with her readers. its like when i read her posts she is talking to me like a friend. love that about her.
anyways, i’d been wanting to try to do something different with cauliflower (including making pizza crust!) and this was my chance. while lindsay showcases this as a side I really wanted to see if i could make this a one-pot meal for us. so, i simply added some sautéed chicken and steamed broccoli to the cast of ingredients to make an all-in-one!
6-8 c. chopped cauliflower (about one head)
4 c. vegetable broth + 2 c. water
½ c. milk
1 ½ c. rice
1 t. salt
2 T. butter
6-8 cloves of garlic, minced
½ c. mozzarella cheese
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 c. chopped broccoli
cook the rice according to package directions. set aside. while the rice is cooking, bring the vegetable broth and water to a boil in a large pot. add the cauliflower and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. transfer cauliflower pieces to a blender or food processor to puree. blend the cauliflower adding milk or vegetable broth until you get a smooth and creamy consistency. season with salt (or whatever else you’re fancying at the moment!). and pour over cooked rice.
while rice and cauliflower are cooking in a large skillet, melt the butter and saute chicken. add broccoli and garlic and cook over low heat until fragrant. add to creamy rice mixture and stir until well mixed. garnish with mozzarella cheese and season with salt and pepper.
can we say that this was wonderful, homey, inspiring. it made me feel like i could actuallyhandle cooking cauliflower as a sort of “healthy alfredo” as lindsay calls it. it wasn’t as intimidating or scary as it seemed and i feel good about making my first puree!