Carbs for some people no good. For some of us we can polish off a whole plate of rice when it is presented to us. So an an effort to cut calories, I picked up this bag to see if it was any good and if it can replace rice in a dish. I know Trader Joe's Riced Cauliflower can be used for a number of other things, but I'll let the readers comment on their best uses of this product. For only 25 calories per serving and $2.49, it was worth a try.
The bag of Trader Joe's Riced Cauliflower in the refrigerated section:
What do you do with this? Unlike so many of my other posts you'll have to do a little bit of actual cooking (but not much).
How much "rice" is in this bag? Enough to fill a 12" skillet.
Sautee this with a couple tablespoons of olive oil, perhaps some shallots or onions, wait for it to soften (about 5-6 minutes) and serve. You'll want to test to make sure there are no crunchy pieces.
So what did I think of it? It was good, but I'm not sure I'm willing to give up rice completely. I served it with some Trader Joe’s Palak Paneer. I found this rice to be much more filling that traditional rice. The taste was good and close to rice like. I also didn't feel as sleepy as I would after polishing off an entire bowl of rice. So if you are looking to cut calories this maybe a good starting point. There is also a time saving factor here. You could make this yourself by putting cauliflower into a food processor yourself, but for $2.49 for a pound of already riced food, why deal with the mess?
Some quick product updates: this item can still be difficult to find. In fact, some locations now ration how much you can buy of this product. At the bottom of the article it will tell you how to make a similar product at home. Or if you aren't going to go through the effort there is always frozen riced cauliflower.
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Did you try Trader Joe's Riced Cauliflower? Do you have an awesome use for this ? Let me know below in the comments section.
I would try this! Thanks for the healthy suggestion!
I need to cut my carbs quite a bit to avoid diabetes. Riced Cauliflower is an EXCELLENT alternative in my opinion. I don't enjoy it quite as much as TJs frozen brown rice, but I *do* enjoy this. First time I used this was in a jambalaya recipe that turned out excellent with riced cauliflower instead of the usual white rice.
I think that is the key with enjoying this is to as you pointed out, add as much flavor as possible. A jambalaya would absolutely do that. Thanks for the suggestion! I do love their frozen brown rice too. It's just so easy.