This sweet and savory Hemp Seed Cauliflower Rice Pilaf is a healthy low carb alternative to rice.
One of my favorite ways to get more vegetables into my diet is to make healthy swaps. With this Hemp Seed Cauliflower Rice Pilaf, I swapped out the rice for cauliflower rice.
I actually think it looks more like quinoa than rice, so much so that when I was eating it, I kept thinking that I was eating quinoa. The fact that there’s hemp seeds in this pilaf probably added to that fact because they both have a nutty flavor.
Sweet and Savory
This pilaf is sweet with chopped dates, and savory with turmeric and cumin. I first made this recipe when I was eating a vegan keto diet because of its low carb content. If you are eating a keto diet, you may want to add less dates, which I actually did when I was eating low carb.
I used Deglet dates because they seem to have the least amount of carbs of all the dates that I looked up. You could also omit them, but I personally like the sweet and savory balance of flavors.This sweet and savory Hemp Seed Cauliflower Rice Pilaf is a healthy low carb alternative to rice! Click To Tweet
I love recipes that are versatile, and this one happens to be just that. I added this pilaf to a salad with a blackberry ginger balsamic vinegar. I also added it to a Vegan Curry Salad because they both have similar spices.
With the holidays around the corner, I wanted to post this recipe now because this would make a great side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Since it has almonds and hemp seeds, it contains a bit of protein – something I appreciate as a vegan. I have often filled up on side dishes at holiday get-togethers.
This pilaf is right up my alley for ethnic cuisine. It reminds me of a Mediterranean dish since it contains dates, sliced almonds, and spices.
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Hemp Seed Cauliflower Rice Pilaf
- 1/2 head of cauliflower (2 cups cauliflower rice)
- 1/2 cup hemp seeds
- 4 pitted dates, chopped – I used Deglet*
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 low sodium vegetable broth
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- Salt and pepper
- If you are using a head of cauliflower, cut it into large chunks and place in the food processor. Mix until it resembles a rice consistency.
- Place cauliflower rice in a pan along with hemp seeds, chopped dates, turmeric, cumin, vegetable broth, and salt and pepper. Cook until liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Add sliced almonds.
*Note: If you are on a keto diet, you may want to use less dates, or omit them altogether.