I have found that many times I can come up with a main dish to make for dinner, but unless I want roasted broccoli or asparagus for the fourth time that week, I sometimes have a hard time thinking of a good side dish to pair it with. Sure, I could make a salad and call it a day, but there are times when I want something different that still fits the low carb model. I think that’s why, in the Standard American Diet, pasta, rice, and potatoes are staples because you can use them in so many different ways to bulk up a meal. Cauliflower rice is a great, versatile side dish that can be made to accompany many different kinds of protein. Like regular white or brown rice, it will absorb the flavors of the seasonings and sauces you choose. It can be used as fried rice, the base of a stir fry, formed into sushi rolls, or used in pretty much any way regular rice is eaten. I’ve seen many different low carb Mexican dishes the last few years, and I think this Spanish rice would be the perfect pairing for carnitas, salsa chicken, or even a taco salad.
In a large pan I heated the olive oil over medium low heat before adding the onion and minced garlic. I sauteed them for a few minutes until the onions were translucent, and then seasoned with salt and pepper. To that mixture I added the tomato paste and chicken broth. I poured in the cauliflower rice and stirred until everything was combined. I let the mixture cook another 2 or 3 minutes until the rice was warm and tender. This is such an easy side dish for week nights because it takes practically no time at all. I love how cauliflower takes on the flavors of the ingredients around it, making it the perfect vegetable base for low carb eating. I’d love to hear some ways you use cauliflower, or other vegetables, as side dishes in your everyday cooking as well!