Your baby will love cauliflower rice because it is easy for baby to grab and shove into his little mouth and doesn't need to be chewed if you are still waiting for that first tooth to push through. Even better, it is a wonderful vehicle for BUTTER, which contains some important nutrition that your growing baby needs (much more than that rice cereal). Butter and ghee (clarified butter) contain saturated fat, just like breast milk, which is made up mostly of fat. Babies need fat for growth and bone and muscle development. Butter and ghee also contain the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K and arachidonic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid.
Just to rattle off a few, these nutrients facilitate proper vision, brain and immune function and growth of strong bones and teeth.
You will love cauliflower rice because it is quick and easy to prepare and there are a ton of ways to mix it up and add some fun flavors! You can also make a double or triple batch and freeze it so you can easily thaw it out and serve it up at a moment's notice. Don't worry, I'll hook you up with some seasoning options and freezing instructions at the end of this post.
Basic Cauliflower Rice
featuring products from Barefoot Provisions
Time: 15 Minutes
1 large head of cauliflower
2 tbsp grass fed butter or ghee
Salt and pepper
Additional seasonings and toppings*
Wash cauliflower and pat dry. Remove leaves and core. Chop the cauliflower into individual florets.
In batches, place the florets into your food processor with the chopping blade attached. Pulse until finely chopped, about the consistency of rice.
Heat butter in a large pan over medium heat. Once melted, add cauliflower rice to pan and stir to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes, until cauliflower is softened.
If desired, top with additional butter before serving.
Mexican - Before serving, stir in juice of 1 lime and 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro.
Curried - Before serving, stir in 2 tsp curry powder and 1/4 cup golden raisins
Rainbow Veggie - Before adding cauliflower to pan, sauté 1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced, 1/2 cup peas (thawed, if frozen) and 1 diced carrot.
Before cooking cauliflower rice, place into freezer safe bags (one large bag or you can use smaller bags for individual portions). Press as much air out of the bag as possible and press the cauliflower flat. Place in the freezer for 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in refrigerator or on counter for about an hour. Cook according to directions.