Jeweled cauliflower rice is a side dish everyone can love! Based on Persian and North African rice & couscous dishes, it is vegan, grain-free, gluten-free & Paleo.
A Delicious & Healthy Side-Dish For All
Picking sides is inevitable at holiday gatherings.
Some choices may lead to joy and cheer; others may bring annoyance, grumpiness and arguments. It’s part of the excitement & hilarity of gathering a diverse gaggle of family and friends for several hours (or days). (Even more so if the quarters are close and the outside temperatures plummet.)
So here’s to making the most of the nutty mix of holiday togetherness and uniting all sides with a side-dish everyone will pick.
How’s that for a roundabout segue?
The dish in question? Jeweled Cauliflower Rice.
Healthy Highlights of Jeweled Cauliflower Rice
Eaters with all of the following needs will be thrilled:
Foodies will be also pleased by the festive use of spices and herbs, which matches the exuberance of the season while incorporating modern trends (innovative use of vegetables) and international flair (the dish is loosely based on jeweled Persian rice or jeweled couscous dishes from North African).
Traditionalists may object, especially if you try to pass this off as an alternative to dressing. Instead, brand this as a vegetable side and all should be well.
Most of all, you, the cook, will be pleased because this dish looks gorgeous, tastes incredible, and will impress all, but takes minimal time and effort (and no great expense) to prepare. Win!
The cauliflower rice can be prepared up to a day ahead of time (process it in a food processor, or grate it by hand with a box grater), as can all of the other components. The cooking can take place just before eating, and served warm, or you can cook everything an hour or so ahead of time; the dish is wonderful warm or room temperature. If making it ahead, though, wait until serving time to add the herbs, nuts and dried fruit, to keep the flavors and textures bright and fresh.
Increasing the quantities is simple, so make as much as your crowd size demands. Then again, there is no need to wait for an official gathering to savor this festive rice; it is remarkably suited to almost any day or season, including any weeknight (for example, tonight!).