Vegan Cauliflower Risotto

Vegan Cauliflower Risotto

Want a healthy low carb vegan meal?

This creamy vegan cauliflower risotto with spinach will amaze you!

Made with riced cauliflower and cooked to perfection, it’s dairy free, gluten free, and low in carbs and calories, yet rich.  Make a creamy, delicious meal in less than 15 minutes!

My 10-year-old, Elliot, requests this all the time and we fight over seconds, so I’ve had to start making a double batch.

Vegan cauliflower risotto with garlic and spinach ready to serve.

What is riced cauliflower?

Riced cauliflower is simply cauliflower that has been chopped into tiny pieces until it’s the size of a grain of rice.  You can chop your own by putting a head of broken up cauliflower in your food processor pulsing it over and over until it is broken up into tiny pieces.  Most major grocery stores also sell bags of riced cauliflower pre-chopped and ready to cook.

Risotto sounds hard. Is vegan cauliflower Risotto hard to make?

No, this is the easiest way to make risotto. Traditional risotto is delicious, but a lot more time consuming. This is a quick and easy dish that anyone can make with very little effort!

Vegan cauliflower risotto is dairy free, gluten free, and low in carbs and calories, yet rich, creamy and delicious! Made with riced cauliflower and slowly cooked with garlic and spinach to perfection. The best way to make riced cauliflower! thehiddenveggies.com

Is there rice in cauliflower risotto?

No!  There is no rice in this risotto. The cauliflower is used in place of the rice for a low carb and lower calorie healthy alternative to rice.
Even though cauliflower may be healthier than rice, surprisingly, I like it better than rice in this dish!

How do I make vegan cauliflower risotto?

Start by warming some vegan butter, or olive oil in a skillet on your lowest stetting. Add some minced garlic and let the garlic warm in the oil for a few minutes.

Once the butter and garlic are warm, add a bag of riced cauliflower to the skillet and sprinkle with salt.

Stir to coat the cauliflower rice with the garlic butter and turn up heat slightly.

Allow the cauliflower to cook slowly stirring every minute or two until the “rice” becomes soft and slightly translucent.  This will take about 8-10 minutes

Add spinach and mix well again allowing it to cook for about 2 more minutes until the spinach has wilted and become shiny.

Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and pine nuts if desired and serve warm.

How do you make the cauliflower rich and creamy like risotto?

The trick to making this dish into a creamy risotto, is cooking it slowly. Take the little extra time to allow the cauliflower to cook slowly and soak up the flavors of the vegan butter and garlic.  It’s worth the wait!

VEGAN CAULIFLOWER RISOTTO
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
12 mins
 

Easy vegan cauliflower risotto with spinach!

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, gluten free, vegan
Keyword: cauliflower risotto, vegan cauliflower, vegan risotto
Servings: 4
Calories: 70 kcal
Author: Monica
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or vegan butter
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 16 oz package riced cauliflower or 2 cups riced cauliflower
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup parsley freshly chopped
Instructions
  1. Warm the vegan butter, or olive oil in a skillet on the lowest stetting. Add some minced garlic and let the garlic warm in the oil for about 2 minutes.

  2. Once the butter and garlic are warm, add a bag of riced cauliflower to the skillet and sprinkle with salt.
  3. Stir to coat the cauliflower rice with the garlic butter and turn up heat slightly.

  4. Allow the cauliflower to cook slowly stirring every minute or two until the “rice” becomes soft and slightly translucent.
  5. Add spinach and mix well again allowing it to cook for about 2 more minutes until the spinach has wilted and become shiny.
  6. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and pine nuts if desired and serve warm.
Recipe Notes
  • Warm the garlic in the oil, do not allow it to brown.
  • Cook the cauliflower slowly until it becomes soft and buttery.
  • You can also add mushrooms to this for a great flavor.  If using mushrooms, add them at them along with the garlic in the beginning.
Nutrition Facts
VEGAN CAULIFLOWER RISOTTO
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 70 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Sodium 305mg 13%
Potassium 113mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Vitamin A 34.4%
Vitamin C 12%
Calcium 2.4%
Iron 3.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Enjoy!

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