One of the my favorite ways to sneak in more veggies is to turn broccoli and cauliflower into rice.
This is this a great alternative to white or brown rice because it’s more nutritious and filling (and it looks more colorful!). I make it as a side dish for this lemon pepper salmon, and I’ll use broccoli rice as a side or in my omelets to save the broccoli stalk instead of throwing it away.
Chopping vegetables differently can transform them and make them feel like a different food. Texture is key to enjoying foods, and I find that broccoli or cauliflower rice can be a fun and different way to eat these familiar foods.
How to Rice Broccoli and Cauliflower
Simply chop the broccoli or cauliflower into 1-inch pieces and pop them in the blender or food processor, then pulse to create a rice-like texture.
To soften or warm up the “rice”, you can add it to a dry pan OR a pan with a little olive oil and garlic for extra flavor, then sauté for 5-7 minutes.
This goes well with salmon or fish in general. I also love sautéing this with onions and chiles, then adding eggs and fresh herbs to create a flavorful breakfast scramble.
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