You guys, this is CRAAAAAZY (<- said like Jennifer Lawrence during the diner scene in Silver Lining’s Playbook) (<- okay, maybe not that intense), but bear with me.
I’ve been thinking a lot about vegetables lately. Surprised?
Out of a need for more creativity in the kitchen, a craving for something tropical, and the new-found desire to revolutionize the food world with all the vegetable rices, a very strange, yet strangely wonderful dish was born.
Spoiler alert: it’s this tropical rainbow rice.
Basically, this the same idea as cauliflower rice, except it incorporates red cabbage, golden beets, and carrots. The result is a grain-free, healthful vegetable “rice” that can be adapted to your liking. Just like cauliflower rice, you can prepare the recipe by either pulsing the vegetables in a food processor or grating them using a box grater. I used my 8-cup food processor, and grated up the veggies in 3 separate batches.
Fair warning: this is not a for-everyone type of recipe. Like, if you’re not keen on red cabbage, golden beets, pineapple, and/or tahini, this is probably not a good fit for you; HOWEVES, there is ample room for adaptation…just have a ponder:
Ideas for recipe change-ups/substitutions:
- Replace any of the veggies with red beets, parsnips, turnip, or sweet potato
- Replace green onion with red onion or leek
- Replace pineapple with mango or berries (or omit the fruit altogether)
- Substitute orange juice for the pineapple juice
- Use ground cumin, Jamaican jerk spice, and/or Cajun seasoning to replace some of the curry powder (just be sure you use a salt-free spice blend so that you have more control over the level of salt).
- Almond butter or peanut butter instead of tahini
- Add a little miso paste for kicks
- Sriracha, you’uns!
I’ve gotta tell ya, I used this rainbow rice in scrambled eggs and it was glooooorious. TAHINI? PINEAPPLE? IN YOUR SCRAMBLED EGGS, JULIA? <- you’re asking me this, I can just tell.
Yay, my friends. Yay.
Something about it just jumped and jived with my morning scramble. Betcha could even add this rice to a frittata, similar to that Sweet Potato, Parsnip, and Broccoli Frittata I showed you a while back.
Taste the rainbow.