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Spicy Zucchini Cauliflower Rice

A spicy cauliflower rice dish that is full of spice, heat and flavour!  Although I made this as a side dish, it would make a hearty main dish too.  I had a bowl of it by itself for lunch whilst the Chief Taster enjoyed his as a side to some chicken. Both of us were happy, so that’s something! Wine wasn’t involved either so another tick! 

I added the zucchini as I wanted a vegetable that would go well with the spices without absorbing them too much.  Yes, I’m looking at you eggplant.  So my good friend zucchini stepped up.   Feel free to add another vegetable or even omit it.  Just enjoy the spices!

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You might want to serve this spicy cauliflower rice with a side a yogurt and cucumber dip to help cool your mouth from the spices.  If I made it again I would definitely be reaching for the yogurt pot.  It’s quite nice to have a smooth dip along with something spicy.

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I don’t mind a bit of heat and spicy but if you are more on the mild side of taste, you may want to use less spice and perhaps omit one of the heat spices.  Perhaps put the chilli aside?  Or add bit by bit, tasting the zucchini mixture as you go along before you combine it with the cauliflower rice.

 

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I enjoy cauliflower rice as a quick side dish and usually stir fry it but am starting to prefer the texture when it baked in the oven.  The heat from the oven dries out the water in the cauliflower and gives it a great texture.  If you are in a rush, cook the cauliflower rice in the microwave.  Our microwave isn’t working so my days of popping something quickly are on hold.  Which is frustrating as I fancied a muffin in a mug dish the other morning!

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5 from 6 votes
Spicy Zucchini Cauliflower Rice
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

A cauliflower rice dish packed with flavour.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower rice, gluten free low carb recipes
Servings: 2 People
Calories: 84 kcal
Author: Angela Coleby
Ingredients
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 zucchini trimmed and cut into cubes
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 jalapenos deseeded and chopped
  • 6 spring onions finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F degrees
  2. Trim the leaves and stalks from the cauliflower and cut into florets.
  3. Make the cauliflower rice by either grating the florets, or using a food processor to blitz them.
  4. Place the cauliflower rice on a parchment paper lined baking tray and drizzle with half of the oil.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, turning over half way through with a spoon or spatula.
  6. Heat half of the olive oil in a frying pan.
  7. Add the zucchini and cook for 5 – 8 minutes until slightly golden.
  8. Add the jalapeno and spring onions and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  9. Add the spices and stir thoroughly. Set aside.
  10. When the cauliflower rice is cooked, stir in the spicy zucchini mixture until all of the cauliflower is coated.
  11. Eat and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Serves 2

Nutritional Info per serving – 84 Calories, 2g Fat, 6g Protein, 16g Total Carbs, 7g Fibre, 9g Net Carbs

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Nutrition Facts
Spicy Zucchini Cauliflower Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 84 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Protein 6g 12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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      Kim
      April 17, 2018 at 1:43 pm

      BAKING the cauliflower!!! GREAT idea! I think I will like this soooooo much better! Thanks!

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        Angela Coleby
        April 17, 2018 at 10:44 pm

        I’ve used that in another cauliflower dish, so much better than squeezing the water out of it after zapping in a microwave! Felt like slapping myself once I did it to be honest…;)

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    Kanda Lawson
    February 17, 2018 at 11:46 am

    If I buy the cauliflower already riced (at Trader Joe’s), how much do you think I’d need for this recipe?

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      Angela Coleby
      February 17, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      About 2 cups

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    Erin Haagenson
    September 19, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Yummy.I added red bell pepper and regular onion. It has heat but not too spicy.

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      Angela Coleby
      September 19, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      Ooh, nice addition

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    Jennifer Burgstahler
    September 9, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Awesome recipe – my mouth is happy with this combination of spices. I added avocado. Thank you for posting this recipe!!!

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      Angela Coleby
      September 10, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      Oooh, good choice with the avocado addition.

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    Elaine @ foodbod
    November 26, 2016 at 3:47 am

    Love it! Great flavours and packed full of goodness 🙂

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      Angela Coleby
      November 28, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      Definitely along your delicious flavour combinations! Hope you are well x

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