Low-Carb Cauliflower Rice Pilaf


Looking for a scrumptious meal loaded with veggies and nutrients? One word: pilaf. Though a traditional pilaf may be bursting with flavor, it might leave you bursting at the seams. Cut the calories with one simple substitution. Cauliflower contains only five grams of carbs per cup, 40 grams less than its brown rice alternate. It’s an easy way to enjoy a filling dish without the belly-bloating carbohydrates!

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4 cups riced cauliflower (pulsed in food processor or pre-packaged)
1/4 cup avocado oil
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 Tbsp. turmeric
3 tsp. thyme
3 tsp. rosemary
Pinch sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 cup artichoke hearts, sliced
1 clove garlic, diced
2 cups celery, chopped
1/2 cup carrots, chopped
2 cups mushrooms, chopped or sliced
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts or slivered almonds
Optional garnish: chopped parsley, freshly diced avocado, avocado oil


  1. In large skillet, lightly sauté garlic, celery, carrots and mushrooms in oil. 
  2. Add cauliflower rice, turmeric, thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper, lemon juice and artichoke hearts.
  3. Once everything turns light golden brown, add nuts and parsley. 
  4. Serve immediately with fresh parsley and avocado (or let cool and save as a salad). Add more oil if desired.