Do you have any idea what avocado rice is? To be perfectly honest, we didn’t either. That is until we did a little research and found out that it’s a healthy side dish made from mixing together avocado and your favorite type of rice (be it brown, white, or even cauliflower).
Since avocado is basically in every rice bowl, we already knew we’d like the taste. We guess it’s basically a starch and a veggie all in one, or a starch and a fruit all in one. Regardless, when paired with a protein, it rounds out any meal.
It's no secret that avocado has numerous health (and beauty!) benefits. According to the research, the fruit increases your levels of nutrients, lowers your risk for heart disease and diabetes, reduces weight, and improves “good” cholesterol.
Rice has its own benefits: It’s been found to have a positive impact on physical and mental health. When the two superfoods combine, it’s like a match made in heaven—it’s also one of Ina Garten’s favorite foods (just saying).
So if you aren’t already making this healthful recipe, chances are you should. With just some simple ingredients—plus a few minutes—you’ll have a totally satisfying accompaniment for your entrée or a really solid base for your next rice bowl. Go on: Learn how to make one of our favorite takes on avocado rice below.
AVOCADO CAULIFLOWER RICE
1 large head cauliflower, florets removed for rice (or purchase pre-made cauliflower rice from your local grocery store)
1 tbsp. avocado oil
1 cup diced yellow onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 small-medium avocados, chopped
1 jalapeño, minced
1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
2 tbsp. lime juice
Salt and pepper, to taste
If you make your own cauliflower rice, run the cauliflower florets through a food processor's shredding attachment. No food processor? You can make the rice using a box grater.
Cook homemade (or store-bought frozen) cauliflower rice to start this avocado rice recipe. Store-bought and homemade varieties of the rice will achieve the desired taste, so don't beat yourself up if you don't have time.
Mix in garlic, onion, lime juice, avocado, and jalapeño to add extra layers of nutrients and fanciness to the cauliflower rice.
Garnish with cilantro.
Serve avocado rice with pretty much anything! The side dish is incredibly versatile, and complements an array of tastes. Add it to the lineup for your next taco night, or dish it out next to your steak, chicken or vegan enchiladas for a nutrient-packed side item. One thing's for sure: This is not the bland, plain rice of your past.
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