Salmon and Lemon Herb Cauliflower Rice

My beau was traveling for work last week so we only had one night together.  I told him to pick whatever he wanted to eat and since we were coming off a fatty weekend when I asked, he requested salmon.  His answer was perfect because it gave me the opportunity to try out a new recipe I had recently saved.

I specifically saved this recipe because I’ve really wanted to try cauliflower rice.  Cauliflower rice is basically just rice that’s been chopped up super tiny.  I have always avoided it simply because it will get all over your kitchen.  But now Trader Joe’s sells bags of raw “riced” cauliflower.  Once again, TJ’s saves the day.

This recipe is super easy, but I made a few changes so here’s the rundown of my [superior?] version:

Drizzle salmon with olive oil, top with chopped chives and lemon zest, and pop in the oven at 450 for  about 15 minutes (maybe a little more or less depending on how thick your fish is – I had a thick, 1 lb. guy that took 20).  Before and after pics of my pink fella:

While the fish cooks, get your “rice” together.  Note: make sure you’re using a big skillet because this cauliflower rice seems to grow.  Saute one chopped onion in olive oil.  Once the onion has softened, add 2 cloves of minced garlic and continue to saute for about 1-2 minutes.  Add 2-3 c. cauliflower rice to the pan along with 1 tbsp. of butter.  Add a few handfuls of shelled edamame (now found in lots of grocery store freezer sections) and a bevvy of herbs to the rice – I used chives, dill, and parsley, just like the original recipe – and stir to combine.  Top with your fish and you’ve got such a healthy supper!

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So I added edamame because I love how it pairs with salmon and because while I was cooking, I felt like I needed to add a green vegetable to make this a well rounded meal, completely forgetting the rice was actually a vegetable itself.  In fact, while I was eating it, I kept feeling guilty for taking an extra helping.  It’s not like this tastes just like rice, but it does become a very worthwhile substitute.  It definitely tricks your brain into thinking it’s eating starch.  Since I’m a starch fiend, this suits me well.  I foresee myself switching out rice for cauliflower rice much more in the future.

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