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Broccoli Rice

August 3, 2017

I think most people have heard of Cauliflower rice, but someone mentioned broccoli rice to me for the first time the other day.  I don't have a problem getting Avie to eat steamed broccoli- BUT she hasn't quite jumped on the raw broccoli bandwagon yet.


(There was one day that she munched right through a raw floret, but that trick hasn't been repeated yet.)


Anyway, I thought it was worth a try.


You make broccoli rice the same way you would make cauliflower rice.  Wash the head of broccoli, cut the florets off and then pulse in a food processor until you have small, rice-sized pieces.


Essentially, you're done there.  But how do you get a toddler to eat this green "rice"?  Well, the mother who enlightened me on this little item would sneak it into her child's spaghetti sauce!  Genius.


But, since I can't just do what a suggested recipe calls for- I decided to dump a can of black beans into a pot with some seasoning and then fold the broccoli rice in.  What I had then was basically a "filler" for essentially anything.  One day, I mixed it with taco chicken and avocado for a little burrito bowl...  another day I grated cheese over the top as a side dish.  I even combined this "rice" with real rice for my little munchkin. Then, yes, I did mix it with spaghetti sauce eventually.


Honestly, I think you could throw broccoli rice into a casserole or even a lasagna if you wanted to.  It's a pretty versatile little trick!




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