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Spanish Cauliflower Rice

Spanish Cauliflower Rice

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Cauliflower rice has become very popular, and it’s no surprise because it makes you feel good, it’s versatile and it can be cooked in only a few minutes. This Spanish cauliflower rice is cooked in just a few minutes; all you need is a cauliflower and a food processor.Olive oil, olives, and tomatoes are three common ingredients in Spanish meals, and that’s why they’re the main ingredients in this dish. Leave it crunchy or soft, this dish is all about cooking it according to your personal preference.MORE+LESS-


garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped


olives of different varieties, sliced

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  • 1

    Clean the cauliflower by removing all the green parts and chopping it into small florets.

  • 2

    Put a layer of florets in the food processor and pulse 18-22 times until you get the “rice”. Repeat until you’ve used up all the cauliflower. Don’t put all the florets in at the same time because then you won’t get uniform sizes. It usually takes 3-4 batches.

  • 3

    Heat up the oil in a pan and fry the garlic until it gets brown. This will only take a few seconds.

  • 4

    Add the tomatoes and olives and cook for a minute.

  • 5

    Add the cauliflower “rice”, stir to incorporate it well and cook for another 4-5 more minutes or until you get the desired consistency. Cook for 3-4 minutes if you want it crunchy and 5 minutes longer if you want it softer.

  • 6

    Season to taste, but sample it first because olives are naturally salty.

Expert Tips

  • If you want to save some time, buy the cauliflower clean and chopped. Just add them into the food processor.
  • If you don’t have a food processor, use a cheese grater.

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Low Carb Spanish Cauliflower Rice Recipe – Easy Tasty Side Dish

This low carb Spanish cauliflower rice is a healthy and tasty side dish you can make in minutes. With a just a few ingredients you can make this savory, flavorful vegetable side dish with only 4.4g net carbs.

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I am a big fan of cauliflower rice. It’s not that it tastes like real rice but as a low carb side dish you can make it so flavorful. I have tons of cauliflower rice recipes on my site if you too love it.

And what’s not to love? This low carb Spanish cauiliflower rice is healthy, keto, cooks very quickly and tastes great! I’m sure you have all these ingredients in your fridge and pantry so you could make this side dish in just 20 minutes and it will go with just about anything.

Mexican Cauliflower “Rice”

This Mexican inspired Cauliflower Rice uses finely riced cauliflower, which makes a fantastic low-carb, grain-free stand in for rice.

Riced cauliflower is so easy to find in the produce section or frozen. Simply sauteed with tomatoes, onions, jalapeno and spices, it transforms cauliflower into a flavorful side dish, perfect with Mexican favorites like Beef Tacos, Chicken Enchiladas, or Grilled Steak Lettuce Tacos.

Spanish Cauliflower Rice

Serves: 8 (about 2/3 cup per serving) / Prep time: 10 minutes / Total time: 20 minutes

1 clove garlic, peeled, minced

1 ½ teaspoons chili powder

4 cups (14 ounces) fresh cauliflower rice

¾ cup diced green bell pepper

6 tablespoons tomato paste

Snipped cilantro (optional garnish)

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat and sauté onion and garlic for 1 minute. Add chili powder and cumin and continue to sauté 30 seconds. Add cauliflower, corn, and green pepper and continue to sauté until vegetables are slightly tender, about 3 minutes. Add salsa, tomato paste, and sugar stir to combine. Continue to sauté until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 4 minutes.

Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper. Garnish with cilantro if desired and serve.

Created and tested by Darlene Zimmerman, MS, RD, for Heart Smart®.

103 calories (35% from fat), 4 grams fat (0 gram sat. fat, 0 grams trans fat), 16 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams protein, 238 mg sodium, 0 mg cholesterol, 47 mg calcium, 3 grams fiber. Food exchanges: 3 vegetable, ½ fat.

Cook’s Note: You can purchase fresh cauliflower rice in a bag. Look for it in the produce section. You can also make it yourself by placing cauliflower florets in a food processor and giving it about 10 pulses. You’re looking for pieces of cauliflower about the size of a grain of cooked rice.


In this recipe, I used already riced cauliflower that I picked up at my local grocery store because I didn’t have time to mess around with a whole head of cauliflower. BUT, if you want to rice your own cauliflower, no biggie! Just follow my easy recipe for How to Make and Store Cauliflower Rice.

  • First, you will need to melt some butter and add a few minced cloves of garlic in there cook until fragrant.
  • Add the cauliflower rice, chili powder, salt, and pepper stir and cook for 2 minutes, or until tender.
  • Add a little vegetable broth, lime juice, baby spinach, and continue to stir until spinach is wilted and liquid evaporated.
  • Remove from heat taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.

Garlic Butter Cauliflower Rice with Spinach is simple to make, and its buttery and garlicky flavor will make a fan out of you, and you, and you!

Weeknight Spanish Cauliflower Rice

We had some crazy weather here in the Twin Cities last night! It started raining like crazy in the early evening and it just wouldn&rsquot quit and continued to rain for hours, I&rsquod say at least 5 or 6 hours. At the end of it all, we got upwards of 10 inches in our suburb. Crazy, right??

That meant there was all kinds of flash flooding. They actually had to close the exit ramp we usually take from the freeway for some time because it was under water. I think we&rsquove met our quota of rain until next year!

Now, let&rsquos talk about cauliflower rice. Have you tried it? I have to say, I was skeptical at first. I&rsquoll be honest, cauliflower is not my most favorite vegetable.

But when it&rsquos cut up into tiny pieces and then roasted, it actually becomes very rice-like. The texture is very similar to rice and it really takes on the flavor of whatever dish you&rsquore using it in. The key is to not overcook it so it still retains some texture and doesn&rsquot get mushy.

It&rsquos also very convenient. Not that long ago you had no choice but to make your own &ldquorice&rdquo in the food processor, but now stores are starting to carry cauliflower rice in the produce section. I&rsquove found it at Trader Joe&rsquos and also one of the large grocery stores in our area.

That makes it super convenient to roast up a big batch and use it in place of rice in all your favorite dishes. I definitely recommend roasting the cauliflower before using it a recipe. Roasting it helps to give it a somewhat nutty flavor which is delicious!

I decided to use cauliflower rice in place of rice in our favorite Spanish Rice recipe. It&rsquos a recipe that I&rsquove been making since I was first married.

Spanish rice is delicious in it&rsquos original form, but I really wanted to make something that was lighter, low-carb and packed with a little more veg. So, Spanish cauliflower rice was born and it did not disappoint.

Literally, I could have eaten the whole skillet and had to exhibit great restraint not to. I mean, eating the whole pan kind of defeats the purpose of a lighter, healthier dish, right?

What is Paella?

Paella is a traditional Spanish dish that is loaded with flavors and spices like: smoked paprika, saffron, chorizo, tomatoes, seafood (or sometimes chicken) bell pepper, a quality wine, and more. It is traditionally served and cooked in rice.

You know the moment when you meet a new friend in your adulthood and instantly just click? You want to hug him/her and say, “where have you been all of my life?” That’s kind of how I felt about Paella the first time I tried it in Spain several years ago. She’s like my sister from another mister. How did I not know about this dish growing up?

Clearly, once I tasted a bite of this pure delicious cuisine, I became obsessed with trying it at every Spanish restaurant. And maybe trying every Spanish restaurant I could find. I love that traveling ignites this passion for food and possibilities. Plus, I kind of became a fan of sangria. Sangria + Paella might be the perfect meal.

6. Instant Pot Chicken Cauliflower Rice Soup

Chicken Cauliflower Rice Soup is full of flavor and lightened up with cauliflower rice. It’s low carb and dairy free and can be easily made in your Instant Pot!

How to make Spanish Cauliflower Rice

Let&rsquos getting straight to it.

You only need one pan for this gluten free Spanish Rice: heat a bit of oil olive or use vegetable broth for oil-free cooking. Add diced onions and minced garlic, fry for around 2 minutes.

Next, transfer the cauliflower rice to the pan and mix. Fry all for an extra 5 minutes.

Then add tomato paste, marinara, and salsa to that pan.

Combine everything and cook for 3 minutes more.

Serve on plates or bowls plain or with other delicious things like I mentioned above for suggestions.

This makes an amazing dinner, lunch or a delicious option for meal prep and work lunch.

It&rsquos just a fantastic carb free rice option good with so many things.

If you give this Spanish Cauliflower Rice a try, let me know with a tag on Instagram or Facebook.

Keep going it with a picture love seeing all your remakes.

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