If you are looking for a low carb, super healthy but satisfying vegetarian side dish, Cauliflower-Carrot ‘Rice’, Spinach and Beets is a great way to go.
I love the colours in this simple vegetable dish. The deep purple beets against the bright white-orange-green medley – lovely! I’m one of those people who eats with my eyes. Cauliflower ‘rice’ is not new. Anyone on a low carb diet knows that. I forgot, though, how easy it is to make and how you don’t really miss the actual rice. Fake rice? Why not?
I paired it with carrots (mostly for colour) to make a cauliflower-carrot ‘rice’. The spinach adds even more colour and a ton of health benefits too. I used a simple garlic-butter-lemon sauce to boost the flavour. Or if you prefer, use olive oil instead for a vinaigrette dressing. (What can I say – I like butter with cauliflower).
With the exception of the earthy beets, all the vegetables in this dish – cauliflower, spinach and carrots – are pretty bland which makes them a perfect palette for any kind of flavours you want to create. Cauliflower-Carrot ‘Rice’, Spinach and Beets is great partnered with a crusty bread and salad (well some carbs are ok) or fish, chicken or meat.
- change the flavour profile with with a different dressing or seasonings such as honey-mustard, Indian seasonings, peanut sauce or Tahini sauce
- add red pepper for even more colour
- add some nuts and/or dried cranberries for texture
Here’s a “real” rice side dish you might like: