Mediterranean Cauli-Rice with Fried Halloumi


Step 1Remove the leaves and stalk from the cauliflower and chop the florets into chunks.

Step 2Place the chopped cauliflower in a high speed food processor. Using the S blade or a grating blade, pulse until it resembles a rice sized consistency. Takes about 10 seconds.

Step 3Add an inch of boiling water to a pan and place on the stove. Add your cauliflower rice to a metal steamer and place in the pan. Steam for 7 - 8 minutes until cooked but slightly el-dente. Alternatively, you can place the cauli-rice in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of water and cook in the microwave on high for about 3-5 minutes.

Step 4Allow to cool slightly and transfer to a muslin cloth or nut bag and squeeze out the excess water (this is what makes the cauli-rice nice and fluffy). If you don’t have muslin, a fine, clean tea towel would also work.

Step 5Heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a sauce pan on a medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 3 minutes until soft and translucent. Turn the heat down to low. Add 1 extra tablespoon of coconut oil to the pan, along with the cauliflower rice, oregano, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, paprika, pesto and olive oil. Mix and fluff with a fork. Season to taste (remember the Halloumi is salty too)! Turn off the heat, and toss through the fresh parsley.

Step 6In a frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the Halloumi slices and fry on a medium heat for approximately 2 minutes per side, until it starts to turn golden and crisp.

Step 7Place the Mediterranean cauliflower rice on a plate and top with the fried Halloumi. Optionally, garnish with more parsley and ground black pepper. Serve with lemon wedges. Eat immediately or store in the fridge for up to 4 days and reheat as needed.