Cauliflower Spanish Rice

Cauliflower Spanish Rice

I try my best in life to maintain a balanced mentality towards food by avoiding using descriptive words like “off-limits”, “guilty”, or even allowing myself to feel shame after eating. (Note that I said try: I am not perfect). Not that I was always this way. I used to be a slave to food. I would pair eating with negativity and guilt (you can read my story here) but what helped me through a good portion of healing was a constant examination of my self. And by that I mean I learned to quiet the loud judging voice that criticized and labeled the foods I ate as bad vs. good.

A new twist on a classic rice dish--try using cauliflower instead for a grain-free Cauliflower Spanish Rice dish. 2

I, by no means, intentionally try to promote health over here at Fork & Beans to the extent that I refuse to include fried foods or baked goods that are dipped, drenched, and dunked in (non-dairy) butter in my recipe box.. My goal simply is to make those who have food allergies feel “normal” again. If that means creating a recipe that has tons of oil, loads of sugar, and a hellalotta fat just to get a delicious flavor then dammit, I will go that extra mile for you.

A new twist on a classic rice dish--try using cauliflower instead for a grain-free Cauliflower Spanish Rice dish.

Then there are recipes like this one that is chock-full of veggies and incredibly good for you. See what I’m doing here? Balance. I don’t know about you but I’m always looking for a little more balance in my life. And cauliflower Spanish rice is serving up balance right there on your plate.

A new twist on a classic rice dish--try using cauliflower instead for a grain-free Cauliflower Spanish Rice dish.

Cauliflower Spanish Rice recipe

5.0 from 2 reviews
Cauliflower Spanish "Rice"
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Serves: Serves 4
  • ½ head of cauliflower, pulsed in a food processor until rice-like
  • 1 large tomato, diced (do not drain the juice)
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ jalapeno, deseeded and minced (optional)
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • ¼ c. cilantro, chopped
  1. In a skillet over medium heat, saute onions, garlic, and jalapeno with 1-2 tsp. olive oil for 2 minutes or until fragrant.
  2. Add cauliflower until slightly browned. Add tomatoes and spices. Cook for 5-7 minutes. Fold in cilantro. Season with sea salt according to preference if needed.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Serving Calories: 35 calories Fat: 1.4g Carbohydrates: 5.7g Sugar: 2.5g Sodium: 280mg Fiber: 2g Protein: 1.5g

 Looking for more cauliflower-inspired recipes? Give these a try:

Cauliflower Parmesan

Cauliflower Tater Tots

Crispy Orange Cauliflower 




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  1. Valerie says:

    This is so delicious, healthy and easy. I used some salsa instead of the diced tomato and it was so so good. Thank you for the fantastic recipe!

  2. Hi just wanted to ask can this be frozen im a busy mum looking for foods I can prepare and freeze so there ready for me lol thanks :)

  3. This recipe is so easy and so yum, thank you.

  4. Hi! Did you use rotel? Wonder what should I use because rotel (with chili) is smaller than a regular diced tomatoes in can. Which one do i gotta use? Thanks!

  5. Do u know the net carbs?

    • I don’t keep nutritional info on my recipes but I am sure you can find something on the internet that can round up the info!

  6. I made this the other night. It was a hit. Thank you for the recipe.

  7. This was much easier than I thought it would be, and DELICOUS!! Thanks for the amazing recipe—it’s definitely a keeper! :)

  8. We gave up carbs last Feb & have been craving spanish rice, I made this today & it did the trick. :-)

  9. Samantha says:

    This was awesome! So not surprised, though. Every recipe that i have tried of yours is amazing.

    • What a super sweet compliment! Thank you so much for saying that and I am sooooo happy that you like the recipes you find here :)

  10. Stephany says:

    Just tried this today, but with a can of “pureed” tomatoes, and parsley instead of cilantro and it turned out AMAZING! I also added a bit of Goya Adobo powder for extra flavor. I used a cheese grater for the cauliflower since I don’t have a food processor, and though it was a bit time consuming it was definitely worth it.

  11. I can’t believe that is actually not rice…it looks gorgeous …


  13. I’m off grains right now (and it’s so hard!) so this looks brilliant to me :)

  14. What an amazing twist on Spanish “rice” – balance is absolutely a must, this would definitely even things out after a few days of sweets :)

  15. you should get a huge discount from a whole sale cauliflower vendor!:)) brilliant idea for spanish rice! i like your philisophy too.. eat balanced out meals so you can indulge in a few :)

  16. What a great idea! I love spanish rice, but if I can enjoy it while getting an extra dose of veggies, even better! Thanks for sharing!

  17. I love this. I buy cauliflower, but never end up using a whole head. I’m always looking to another recipe to try to finish it up.

  18. This sounds wonderful! My father-in-law has given up rice, wheat and sugar, so this would be great for us to make!

    By the way, the thought of flagrant cracked me up! I love happy accidents, make them myself all the time! 😉

    • I’m giggling right now. Changing to FRAGRANT. This is what happens when you write the recipe in a brain fog of allergies. ha! Thank you for pointing that out :) xo!

  19. Cara, that looks yummy <3

  20. You are amazing! Hear me? I’ve been fighting the good food / bad food battle lately. Bad Somer! Lovin’ this “rice”!

  21. This looks delicious! I attempted a cauliflower pizza crust last week – it needs a little tweaking but a good alternative to the norm! It’s amazing what you can do with this veggie – I saw a lemon pudding made with it a few weeks ago on Healthful Pursuit. I wonder if chocolate pudding would work? Oh the creative possibilities!!!!

  22. Baker Bettie says:

    Cara, great minds think alike. I made a cauliflower fried rice for dinner last night! So good! Now I need too try your version with all my leftover cauliflower! That looks amazing!

    P.S. I love your food philosophy!

  23. Yummmmmm, this looks great! I’ll be making this the next time I have a head of cauliflower in the fridge :)

  24. This looks delicious. Thank you for your thoughts today. I really enjoy following your blog.

  25. this looks wonderful and sounds so simple! love it, Cara! and thanks for your honesty and the wonderful food and stories you share xx


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