I jumped on the cauliflower “rice” bandwagon.  It seems that all of those New Year’s resolutions buzzing around got me on a health kick.  But, this Turmeric Lime Cauliflower Rice ups the gluten-free side dish game.  Ditch the stove top cooking method and try roasting it in the oven.

Roasted Cauliflower Rice

Turmeric Lime Cauliflower Rice - JoanieSimon.com

I was reading up on cauliflower rice recipes. I liked what the BBC had to say about the topic.  Sure, you can make this in the microwave or stove top.  However, roasting it on a pan in the oven encourages caramelization and texture.  Both are things you know I love.


I added chopped pistachios for nuttiness and a soft crunch.  It reminds me of the rice pilaf I was raised on.  You know, the kind with the slivered almonds? I also added fresno chilis to add a punch of heat and color.


Next come the spices.  I went for turmeric because of the bright golden color. Then I went with cumin and white pepper for warmth.  It’s a rockin’ combo that elevates the mild cauliflower.


What to serve this with?  I cooked it up with soy marinated chicken as a main dish.  Or, you could got completely veggie and serve it with mushroom and pineapple kabobs.

Here’s to eating well <3

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Turmeric Lime Cauliflower "Rice"
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 2-4 servings
Riced cauliflower with turmeric, lime and pistachios is an easy side dish that also happens to be gluten free and vegan.
  • 16 oz cauliflower, riced
  • ⅓ cup chopped pistachios
  • 1 Fresno pepper, minced
  • ⅛ tsp cumin
  • ⅛ tsp white pepper
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs honey (or agave for vegan)
  • 1 Tbs oil
  • 1 lime
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Combine all ingredients except for lime and cilantro in a large bowl and toss to combine.
  3. Spread cauliflower mixture onto a sheet pan and roast on the middle rack of the oven uncovered for 8 minutes then toss to move around the mixture and roast another 10 minutes until top of the cauliflower starts to slightly brown and steams.
  4. Squeeze half of a lime over all of the mixture then serve immediately with extra lime wedges and chopped cilantro on top.


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