A gluten-free version of our beloved Lebanese tabbouleh: Cauliflower Couscous. An extraordinary way to add in more veggies into your diet and spice them up in a delicious way.
My man is currently 100% committed to his health and fitness. He is exercising a lot and eating a high-protein diet with loooooaaaads of vegetables. After weeks and weeks of eating mostly raw tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots as veggies he kind of got bored though. Something new had to get into the fridge. Something exciting.
To reduce grain intake and increase vegetable consumption the best way is to prepare a vegetable version of your favorite grain. Cauliflower has proven itself to be the most versatile vegetable ever for this I feel. Just scroll through Pinterest and you’ll be amazed how many things can be replaced by cauliflower. Cauliflower “rice”, cauliflower crust “pizza” and now cauliflower “couscous” ;)
How to “rice” cauliflower for couscous
There are several ways you can rice cauliflower:
- grate with a cheese grater <- a bit tedious and messy but requires no fancy equipment.
- process in a food processor <- much faster, leaves big chunks sometimes, requires special equipment
- grate in a food processor with special attachment <- fastest, most efficient way, requires special equipment.
Yes, you guessed right. No. 3 is MY way of ricing cauliflower. This is the food processor I own and it is absolutely AMAZING!! It has a little round grating attachment. So I just break apart the cauliflower in my sink, rinse it, and run it through the food processor with grating attachment put on. At the end I have a big bowl full of grated / riced cauliflower for my Cauliflower Couscous.
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What is Cauliflower Couscous?
For ME, Cauliflower Couscous is a couscous dish, such as Tabbouleh but made with cauliflower as a replacement of couscous. It’s not couscous with cauliflower. It’s cauliflower instead of couscous.
I have a Quinoa Tabbouleh on the blog as well (ummm, excuse the terrible photography, I’ve still got to update those pictures to something more, well “now”). In that recipe I replace the couscous with quinoa for a nice twist.
There is NOTHING wrong with eating couscous though, eh! Don’t get me wrong. I love couscous and I will continue eating couscous until it’s no longer for sale in my supermarket. Replacing it with cauliflower is a good way to get more vegetables into your diet if you struggle with this. It’s also great for “a change”.
Break up cauliflower into medium-sized florets, wash, drain and grate.
Preheat a large pan over medium heat.
Wash, deseed and dice cucumber. Wash and dice grape tomatoes.
Wash, destalk and chop parsley and mint.
Add olive oil to preheated pan and then fry cauliflower rice in it for 3-6 minutes until desired softness.
Add all ingredients to a big bowl, squeeze lemon juice on top, season with salt and pepper and give it a quick stir to combine.