Cauliflower “Couscous”

Written by Karen on July 31st, 2009

This is a WOW dish from chef class.  Cauliflower made as ‘couscous’ with fresh herbs from the garden.  It’s a great substitute for any grain, or simply as a fun accompaniment to fish, chicken or pork.  Cauliflower is a brain food – not only because it looks like one – but because it contains Omega 3s.  It’s also high in B vitamins which combat stress, and the sleep-promoting tryptophan.  With only 29 calories per cup, its ideal for anyone wanting to maintain weight control…and so tasty, too!

Cauliflower Couscous - Makes 8-10 Servings (you’ll want leftovers!)

Ingredients
SAUCE
¼ cup mint leaves
¾ cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
2 lemons, juiced and zested
½ cup olive oil
2 tsp maple syrup
CAULIFLOWER
2 Tbs grapeseed oil
1 large red onion, finely diced
2 medium heads cauliflower, stalks and stems discarded,
florets finely diced (I used my Cuisinart)
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to
taste
¼ cup fresh basil chiffonade
Procedure
SAUCE
Combine the mint, basil, lemon zest and juice, oil, and maple syrup in a blender. Purée and set aside. Adjust flavors if
necessary.
CAULIFLOWER
Add the oil to a wide pan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until the onion softens, about 5 minutes.
Add the cauliflower, stir thoroughly, salt and pepper liberally, and cook until the cauliflower softens, about 15 minutes.
Add ¼ cup of the sauce and cook until tender and fragrant for another 10 minutes. Adjust the salt, add the remaining ¼
cup sauce, mix thoroughly, and transfer to a serving platter. Top with the basil chiffonade.

Adapted from Eric Gower, from “The Breakaway Cook” 2007

This post is part of “The WHOLE Gang – Friday Food Fix.”


11 Comments so far ↓

  1. Aug
    1
    10:28
    AM
    Jackie at PhamFatale

    Thanks for posting this. I learned something new. I had no clue that cauliflower contains omega 3s and what a creative way to serve it like couscous. It really does look like it.

  2. Aug
    1
    10:59
    AM
    TC

    Just found this site. We love cauliflower and this is a great take on it. Thank you!

  3. Aug
    2
    5:07
    PM
    Karen

    Jackie,
    I was surprised to learn that, too! I love to discover hidden benefits of delicious food:)
    TC, Thanks for stopping by – enjoy!

  4. Aug
    3
    6:46
    AM
    Kelly the Kitchen Kop

    Broken record here: I also didn’t know cauliflower has omega 3′s! I can’t wait to try this, although I’ll use the no-flavor coconut oil instead of the grapeseed. How fun to have a new low-carb recipe, thank you!
    Kelly

  5. Aug
    3
    1:14
    PM
    Karen

    Yep, it contains 8% DV of Omega 3s per cup of cooked cauliflower – according to “The Worlds Healthiest Foods.” It’s also super high in fiber and vitamin C. Great resource…

  6. Aug
    3
    2:51
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    Michelle @ Find Your Balance

    Cauliflower is so versatile, isn’t it? I have been meaning to try it as “rice” for raw sushi. :-) This recipe looks awesome!

  7. Aug
    6
    8:44
    AM
    Sylvia Haskvitz

    I am considering taking the Bauman Chef Training and would like to know how you are enjoying it.
    If you’re willing to talk by phone for 10 minutes, will you send me some good times to connect with a phone number?

    Thanks.

    Sylvia

  8. Aug
    6
    1:01
    PM
    Karen

    Hi Sylvia,
    Sure – be happy to discuss. Please send me your contact info. karen@cook4seasons.com

  9. Jan
    11
    9:34
    AM
    Diane-The WHOLE Gang

    Karen this looks so good. You inspired me to throw my cauliflower into the processor. I made a Shrimp Couscous I’ll post later this week. I’ll link back to here too so people can see how many different ways to make couscous. I am so happy about this. I can’t eat gluten or rice so this is going to open up a ton of recipe ideas. Very happy! Thank you for sharing this on Friday Foodie Fix!
    .-= Diane-The WHOLE Gang´s last blog ..Menu Plan Monday – January 11, 2010 =-.

  10. Jan
    11
    2:20
    PM
    Karen

    That’s great, Diane! I’ll look forward to your post and another variation.
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Naturally Sweet =-.

  11. Jan
    22
    5:47
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    Kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet

    Hi Karen,

    Thanks for sharing a great recipe as part of the carnival. If you could just link back to the carnival, I would appreciate it. Thanks. :-)
    .-= Kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet´s last blog ..Good Seafood Choices: Low in Mercury, High in Nutrients and Environmentally Friendly =-.

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