I can’t wait to share my low carb Mexican cauliflower rice and chicken with you. It’s hard to believe it’s been over three years since rice has crossed my lips. If you’re wondering why I’m feeling pretty proud of this, let me remind you that I am Hispanic. You see in the Hispanic culture rice is considered a staple. You can’t be invited to a gathering and not find rice in some form being served. I’m talking about anywhere from it having center stage as the main dish, to arroz con leche (rice pudding) for dessert. So saying no to rice is kind of a big deal for me.
Growing up, rice made it to the dinner table almost every night. Which meant that if I didn’t like what was for dinner, I could always count on at least having rice. Let’s just say, I’ve eaten my fair share of rice. Here’s the thing, it’s because rice is such a vital part of our Hispanic culture, that some people in my community have said no to the low carb keto diet. “I can’t Hilda, I just can’t, so please don’t ask me to give up my rice!”
I understand their objection, because there was a time I felt exactly the same. This is why I aim to create recipes like my low carb Mexican cauliflower rice and chicken. So that the lifestyle can be easier.
But before you tune me out for trying to pry your rice away, please consider what I have to say. You see Just because rice is technically a seed of the grass species, and it’s a grain that doesn’t contain gluten, it doesn’t mean it gets an automatic pass on a low carb keto plan. For people who avoid gluten, rice can play a role in their diet. The problem for us low carbers is that rice is extremely high in carbs. I am talking 45g for 1 cup of rice high. Which is why it can’t make the cut on a low carb keto plan. In case you are wondering there is a marked difference between being gluten free and doing a low carb keto plan.
A diet high in carbohydrates can aggravate many diseases. Which is why lowering your carb intake can be a wise choice for many. Individuals wanting to reduce inflammation or their glucose levels, should consider eliminating rice from their diet. It’s why we said yes to this lifestyle.
“But what if I really miss rice Hilda?” Well, this is where cauliflower rice is a fantastic alternative. What’s cauliflower rice? It’s just raw cauliflower that has been chopped finely to mimic the texture of rice. Because, cauliflower has a bland taste and a firm texture, it makes for a great rice alternative. You would not cook the cauliflower the same way you traditionally cook rice, since it only requires a little sautéing.
You might want to know that I’ve actually managed to sway quite a few people into giving up rice by simply using cauliflower rice instead. Consider trying my Low Carb Mexican Cauliflower Rice and Chicken. See if it assists you on your keto plan. I also have two other delicious cauliflower rice recipes submitted by members of our Fittoserve Group Community Fried “Rice” and a Cilantro and Lime Cauliflower Rice
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- 1 large head cauliflower (“riced” chopped finely)
- 1 pound boneless chicken thighs or chicken breast, diced into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tsps. cumin powder
- 2 tsps. chili powder
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper powder
- ½ tsp. smoky paprika
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 cup onion chopped
- 2 Tbs. garlic finely minced
- ½ a medium green pepper, chopped
- 1 cup of chopped cherry tomatoes
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- Chop the raw cauliflower finely using a grater or a food processor.
- Pulse the cauliflower until it resembles rice. Be careful to not over pulse the cauliflower or it will become mush. Set the now riced cauliflower aside.
- In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, add the olive oil, onion, green pepper, tomatoes and garlic.
- Sauté for 5-7 minutes and set aside.
- Next add chicken to the hot pan.
- Stir in the salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, cumin powder and chili powder.
- Sauté chicken until lightly browned, about 7 minutes.