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I am not a "low carb" - "no carb" kind of girl. However, I am always looking for quick and easy ways to get a few veggies into my meal. I also happen to have a serious obsession with cook books. The books are so pretty (HELLO marketing!) and I just want everything in them to appear at night on my dinner table. Preferably without the mess of dishes that comes with cooking. I feel so accomplished after cooking a great healthy meal for my daughter. Then I see the counter tops and wish I had Door Dashed my most recent craving, setting aside any judgement on all the extra fat, sugar, etc. that come in restaurant cooked meals. That's a story for another day.

Recently I purchased a book at the end of The Whole Foods checkout called Keto Slow Cooker & One Pot Meals. (Another great marketing tactic!) Inside there were three different recipes for cauliflower rice. I wasn't sure if I could pull it off in the 15 prep time they gave or if I could actually get my 16 year old food processor to work.  Both were a success!

Now I am obsessed. You can make extra servings and use the next couple days. The flavors (Masala, Lemon & Herb, Spanish) go with an array of meals. It takes just a few moments to chop in the processor and cook on low heat for 5-7 min.  I can use it as a side, or mix in my protein and other vegetables and make a bowl (tomatoes, beans, edamame, cucumber etc.). You can buy the book or go online and find plenty of cauliflower rice recipes.

Bottom line: Don't look at cauliflower rice as a carb replacement, but an excellent way of adding more real / less processed food into your meal. Go on, give it a shot!