Since I completed my first Whole30 over one year ago, I have tried to stay compliant about 80% of the time. It’s so true that I feel better when I eat better – and while I do indulge in some sweets sometimes, I have kept to most of the whole30 rules. One of my favorite dishes that I discovered while doing whole30 was Cauliflower Rice – something that has become just a staple around here as all four of us absolutely love it with just about everything. The only thing I didn’t like was the mess that it made in my kitchen, so I was delighted when my friend and Independent Pampered Chef Consultant Naomi Donaldson told me about their brand new Veggie Strip Maker! I have only had it a couple weeks – and it is already becoming one of the most used tools in my kitchen!
The Pampered Chef Veggie Strip Maker is made of a durable plastic and has no blades. It is light weight and has little non-slip “feet” to hold it in place making it a perfect addition to any kitchen. You can make easy vegetable “noodles” from things like zucchini and carrots – but I love it for making my cauliflower rice in a flash – without the crazy mess that my big ole food processor made! You simply slip it on top of your favorite bowl (it even has a little notch on the side to hold it secure) and go back and forth like a cheese grater! In a matter of just a few minutes I had the entire head of cauliflower grated and ready to cook. You can even toss the Veggie Strip Maker in the dishwasher for even easier clean up!
My recipe is so simple I am not even sure you can call it a real “recipe” – but that is why I love it. Super easy, super quick, and super delicious. And compliant. There are only three ingredients – none of which I actually measure. All you need is your head of fresh cauliflower, extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil, and garlic salt. Voila! In just a few minutes you have the perfect side dish for any meal – it goes great with everything!
To cook your cauliflower “rice” heat enough oil to cover the bottom of a large deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add in your grated cauliflower and about a teaspoon of garlic salt and let cook – flipping often to prevent sticking. If it starts to stick you can add in a little more oil – the cauliflower will absorb it as it cooks down and gets soft. Once the cauliflower is done it will begin to brown and caramelize to absolute perfection.
Cauliflower “rice” is a great substitute for any rice dish and is lower in calories and carbs and higher in dietary fiber. Cauliflower is also higher in Vitamin C and calcium – plus I think it has way more flavor that boring old rice. You can change up the flavor by adding in cilantro and lime juice or add in a seasoning like Tony Sacheries for a Cajun flare. You can even use this cauliflower to make your own compliant whole30 sushi! Before whole30 I never ate cauliflower – but now we eat it several times a week because it is so versatile. And with adding the new Veggie Strip Maker from Pampered Chef to my kitchen – it is even easier to prepare! Gotta love that!
Check out Naomi’s website to purchase the Veggie Strip Maker with their signature Season’s Best cook book – available now only for a limited time!