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Creamy Cauliflower Garlic Rice

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This creamy cauliflower garlic rice is simple, healthy, and so surprisingly good.

I don’t even know what to say about this.

I mean, I’m sure I could come up with a few things if you made me, but I fully acknowledge that this recipe is kind of obscure.

Like who posts recipes for brown rice and cauliflower sauce? Um, me.

Ever since I did the whole cauliflower-in-alfredo-sauce thing, I’ve been trying to incorporate as much as that creamy vegetable into my life as possible. And I say creamy because almost always, it’s pureed in a blender, salted and garlic-ed, super smooth, and just plain creamy-wonderful.

This is just how I operate.

This creamy cauliflower garlic rice is simple, healthy, and so surprisingly good! With garlic, butter, brown rice, and cauliflower. | pinchofyum.com

Hey, though. If you want an awesome food to use for food photography, definitely choose brown rice with neutral-colored sauce. Definitely.

There is redeeming value in this pan of creamy rice, and that’s that it tastes supersuper good. It reminds me of risotto, but with more vegetables, and without the trip to the store for the risotto. The butter, the garlic, the filling and – yep – creamy sauce all up in there? I just liked it. A lot. And Bjork liked it. We ate the whole thing in 24 hours.

Maybe you want to add a few things to jazz it up, as we food lovers often do, or maybe you want to use this as a simple side dish, or maybe you just want to eat a bowl of brown rice with cauliflower sauce for dinner.

This creamy cauliflower garlic rice is simple, healthy, and so surprisingly good! With garlic, butter, brown rice, and cauliflower. | pinchofyum.com

Is that so much to ask?

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Creamy Cauliflower Garlic Rice


  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 1x

Description

This creamy cauliflower garlic rice is simple, healthy, and so surprisingly good! With garlic, butter, brown rice, and cauliflower.


Ingredients

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  • 68 cups chopped cauliflower
  • 4 cups vegetable broth + 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice (I used a brown rice blend)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (plus more to taste!)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 68 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese for topping (more to taste)

Instructions

  1. Cook the rice according to package directions. Set aside.
  2. Bring the vegetable broth and water to a boil in a large pot. Add the cauliflower and boil for about 10 minutes, until tender. Transfer cauliflower pieces to a blender or food processor.
  3. Puree the cauliflower, adding milk or extra vegetable broth to get a smooth, creamy consistency. Season with salt. Pour over the cooked rice and stir to combine.
  4. In a large nonstick skillet, melt the butter and add the garlic, sauteing over low heat until the garlic is very fragrant, about 3-5 minutes. Add the creamy rice mixture and stir until butter and garlic is incorporated. Add cheese on top or stir it throughout the rice to get it melted. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cauliflower garlic rice, garlic rice, cauliflower rice, cauliflower and garlic

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    Becky @ Olives n Wine

    I’m usually not a huge fan of cauliflower – or maybe I’m just not a fan of pretending that cauliflower rice is real rice – but this recipe looks amazing! I love that you’ve mixed in a bunch of decadent ingredients to make this – yum!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I have never tried the fake-out cauliflower rice (where you grate it up to make it into “rice”). I’m more of a creamy sauce girl myself. 🙂

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        Meg

        If you use frozen cauliflower in your food processed it makes ricing cauliflower much easier! I just buy the bag of cauliflower flowerettes at Costco rince and drain in colendar dry in paper towel then freeze on a cookie sheet then use my food processed to rice it then store in zip lock bags in the amounts I will use it in! Less sodium than buying the Birdseye frozen riced cauliflower!

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    you sure make brown rice and neutral sauce look GOOD. and sound good too – I love riced cauliflower, but I think I love THIS idea even more…

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      Hahaha – thanks Kristina. I was so frustrated while I was shooting and then Bjork brought to my attention that it was possibly the ugliest food ever. 🙂 delicious, though!

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    The creaminess of this rice looks just mouth watering. Somehow you made brown rice with a neutral sauce look so appetizing. You are just that good! Can’t wait to try this out.

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    Becky @ Becky Bakes

    Looks delicious and healthy! And kuddos to you for making even this look mouth-watering:-)

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    Julie

    Yes….I have all the ingredients! I’m sooo making this for dinner. I have been on a cauliflower kick. Thanks Lindsey!

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    Christy

    Do you think the entire recipe can be made ahead of time (like in the morning and baked at night) or at least the sauce? Looks amazing!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Yep! Just make the sauce and the rice separately, keep them in the fridge, and then do the last step (butter, garlic, kind of sauteeing the whole thing) just before serving. 🙂

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    This sounds sooo good! I love cauliflower but have never made it into a creamy sauce before…. hmmm I think I need to correct that soon!

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    liz | carpeseason

    “Hey, though. If you want an awesome food to use for food photography, definitely choose brown rice with neutral-colored sauce. Definitely.” #sotrue.

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    Carole

    “If you want an awesome food to use for food photography, definitely choose brown rice with neutral-colored sauce. Definitely.”

    Love your humor. 🙂 Kudos for making it look really good. I love cauliflower, so will be trying this soon.