Riced Broccoli & Cauliflower Pilaf

May 3, 2018
Riced Broccoli & Cauliflower Pilaf

Author Notes: In an effort to eat more vegetables and avoid a high carb count, I played around with doing a version of Rice Pilaf without the rice. This is the result and it's become one of our go to dishes. You can turn it into a main dish casserole by adding meat like chicken, steak, ground beef, or pork in addition to the pancetta; maybe top it with a crumb and cheese mixture and bake it off. Add a creamy cheese sauce for a pasta-less "Mac & Cheese". It's quite versatile and very delicious.

To cut down on prep time I use pre-riced broccoli and cauliflower (like Cece's Veggie Noodle Company or Trader Joe's) and pre-sliced mushrooms. You can also used pre-diced pancetta (like Boar's Head), but I like my pancetta a little thicker, so buying it from the deli case and dicing it myself is cheaper and I get the thickness I want.

I have not received any compensation from any of the brands I mentioned. They're just what I use.
Danielle

Serves: 6
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 20 min

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces diced pancetta
  • 16 ounces riced broccoli
  • 16 ounces riced cauliflower
  • 12 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 4 minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon Litehouse Freeze-dried Salad Blend
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy Seasoning Blend
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 8 ounces dry toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, optional
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Cook pancetta in a large skillet until crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate.
  2. Add the minced shallots and sliced mushrooms to the pancetta drippings and cook until the shallots are translucent and the mushrooms have softened.
  3. Add the broccoli, cauliflower, herbs & spices and mix well. Sweat the veg for 2-3 minutes. Add the wine to deglaze the pan then cover with a lid and let cook for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Remove the lid and taste to make sure the veg is tender to your preference. Re-season if necessary. Add the pine nuts and crispy pancetta and stir to combine. If using, add the parmesan.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

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