Cauliflower “Couscous”

Am I the only one who spends a lot of time thinking when they’re in the shower?  Often I just stand there, singing along to songs on the radio, pondering the day’s activities.  And when I’m gearing up to work on a recipe, it’s during this time that my best ideas emerge.

I’m probably not the first person to come up with cauliflower “couscous” but when it popped into my brain, well, I must admit that I gave myself a pat on the back.  I know… I know. Show a little modesty, Brian. But, hey, I was proud of myself.  It’s not often that one of my crazy concepts actually works, so when it not only met my expectations, but exceeded them, I was beyond giddy.

Just to clarify, this is not actually couscous, but a gluten-free substitute made from cauliflower.  That’s why I put the quotation marks in the title… in case you were wondering.

On a separate note, I realized that I completely forgot to share this post I did for the Kinfolk Magazine online journal on the Siena Farms South End store.  Head on over to the Kinfolk site to check it out.

  • January 21, 2013 - 12:57 am

    Stef - Looks amazing! I’ve been meaning to try something like this since I went low-carb (ok, low-carb like 80% of the time…). Plus, I finally have a food processor! Yes!ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2013 - 1:43 am

    Rosa - A lovely couscous! That is a great combination.



  • January 21, 2013 - 6:33 am

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - I absolutely love this idea!ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2013 - 6:36 am

    Jenny @ BAKE - I love the fruit and nuts you’ve added to this recipe! it sounds delicious!ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2013 - 7:30 am

    Jen @ Savory Simple - This sounds really wonderful. I’m definitely a shower thinker! Sometimes I wish I had a waterproof dry erase board in there.ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2013 - 7:40 am

    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl - Loving the toasted pine nuts and cumin combo. I also am not a huge couscous fan but I adore cauliflower – love this, Brian.ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2013 - 8:49 am

    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies - Don’t you love when you have ideas like that? (And yes, I think mine often come to me in the shower too. Or in the middle of the night.) You definitely deserve that pat on the back–this is awesome!ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2013 - 9:24 am

    Bev @ Bev Cooks - Why do you do this to me?ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2013 - 9:36 am

    Joanne - Low-carb, gluten-free, AND vegetarian? This is pretty much special dietary needs food heaven! AND it tastes good?!? Love it.ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2013 - 9:57 am

    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective - Love this Brian. I’ve been cauliflower tabouli a few times and it’s a great substitute!ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2013 - 10:00 am

    Bobbi - Not to burst your bubble, but paleo/low carb/gluten free people have been doing this for a long time. But yes, it is a great idea and I love your spin on it. It’s also a great sub for rice (especially fried rice).ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2013 - 11:39 am

    Laura (Tutti Dolci)a - This couscous looks lovely, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2013 - 12:13 pm

    Christine (Cook the Story) - What an inspired idea! I wish my morning showers yielded such brilliance. Do you think the singing is required to bring on the ideas or is it just the standing in one place? Something to ponder during tomorrow’s shower! lol. I’ll definitely be trying this. I’m not gluten-free but am always looking for ways to eat more vegetables and to get more veggies onto my kids’ plates. Thanks for the idea!ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2013 - 3:56 pm

    Linda Centrella - can’t wait to try it!ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2013 - 4:13 pm

    Rose from Magpies Recipes - Such a great idea! I love cauliflower as itself as well as in various incarnations like cauliflower mashed “potatoes”, cauliflower “steaks” must try your couscous idea! So pretty with the cranberries :)ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2013 - 5:08 pm

    Kristina - I love this. I used to love cous cous (well, honestly I still do but a glutened Kristina is not a happy Kristina…) and honestly again? I think I’d like this even more!ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2013 - 5:53 pm

    Cassie | Bake Your Day - I usually write blog posts in my head in the shower and I’m not even afraid to admit it. This one is a keeper. Gorgeous recipe, Brian.ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2013 - 8:15 pm

    Sarah - A great, grain-free alternative to more traditional starches! This would be perfect as part of a middle-eastern spread.ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2013 - 9:47 pm

    Rachel Schofield - This sounds absolutely delicious!ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2013 - 11:09 pm

    a farmer in the dell - I love everything about this recipe! Cauliflower is so versatile! I love the fruit and nut combo as well. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2013 - 11:14 pm

    Helene - I think and also talked to myself in the shower :)

    I have to admit that I have never heard of a cauliflower couscous but love the idea, I’ll have to try soon. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2013 - 1:39 am

    Alison Lewis - I am SO loving this.ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2013 - 1:42 am

    Denise Woodward - A friend of mine made a similar dish for a party recently – was amazing! Have been craving ever since; now, you added to the cause! :)ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2013 - 5:56 am

    Strands of My Life - I have seen cauliflower used as a pizza base and also as rice so I guess couscous is the next step. It’s great to be able to create these kinds of dishes without using grains.ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2013 - 9:24 am

    amelia from z tasty life - sounds delicious! very “Sicilian” flavors.
    P.s. congrats on Kinfolk. wow.ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2013 - 9:46 am

    Stacey - Oh yes, YUM.ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2013 - 10:21 am

    Karen - Seeing beautiful, white heads of cauliflower in the produce section makes me very happy at this time of year – what an inspired idea! I’m with you on the thinking in the shower thing; I plan my day (and other things) in there every day. Warm, flowing water is great therapy.ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2013 - 2:22 pm

    Playing Peekaboo Baby Blog - Wow, this looks delicious!ReplyCancel

  • January 23, 2013 - 9:22 am

    shelly (cookies and cups) - This is so great! I would have never thought to do this!ReplyCancel

  • January 23, 2013 - 6:06 pm

    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - This is fun idea. Seems like it would be a great use up for leftover cauliflower as well.ReplyCancel

  • January 23, 2013 - 10:56 pm

    Michelle @Amourbeurre - Delicious! Can’t wait to show this recipe to my mom who is low-carbing it!ReplyCancel

  • January 23, 2013 - 11:35 pm

    Jeanette - Such a neat idea! I’ve been seeing cauliflower used in place of grains in a few places lately and love the idea! Going to have to give this a try. I love cauliflower.ReplyCancel

  • January 24, 2013 - 10:23 am

    Sweetsugarbelle - Super excited to try this recipe! It’s my kind of food!ReplyCancel

  • January 24, 2013 - 2:33 pm

    Kristen - I’ve heard you should keep dry erase markers in your shower if you are like us and brilliant ideas come to you while showering. Then you write them on the shower door, get out, transfer your ideas to paper and all is well. Of course I’m old, so am likely to forget my ideas when I’m done with the shower, so this might help me. Since you are still young and sprite, maybe you don’t need reminders :)ReplyCancel

  • January 24, 2013 - 3:08 pm

    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - Ahh, yes. I used to solve many of my database issues in the shower back when I was an IT consultant. It was not unusual for me to grab a towel and run downstairs to fix my code in the AM before work. Pretty picture, I realize.

    Annnyway, love the idea of cauliflower cous cous! Just as long as you weren’t in your kitchen making it in a towel. :)ReplyCancel

  • January 25, 2013 - 11:02 pm

    Shaina - I’m sorry, but I can’t stop giggling at the thought of Jen dashing out of the shower to fix code.

    I write in my head in the shower. I have a friend who has a plexiglass board and one of those tub crayons that she uses to jot down ideas in her shower. I think it is a great idea.ReplyCancel

  • January 26, 2013 - 1:43 pm

    Sweetapolita - Oh wow, Brian, I love this! It looks and sounds fabulous. And I’m in love with that last shot — stunning! xoReplyCancel

  • January 26, 2013 - 7:07 pm

    Andrew Frishman - MMMnnnnn… I loves me some thinking, especially when it’s in the shower!

    el coliflor se parece el cerebroReplyCancel

  • January 28, 2013 - 12:31 pm

    Rachel @ Bakerita - This sounds phenomenal. My GF sister hates that she can’t have my mom’s cous cous salad anymore, so I think we’ll need to try this substitute. It sounds so wonderful, can’t wait to try it.ReplyCancel

  • January 29, 2013 - 12:56 pm

    Lisa | With Style and Grace - Yes!! I’m so excited for this! This is definitely going on the menu.ReplyCancel

  • February 1, 2013 - 7:14 pm

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  • February 3, 2013 - 1:29 am

    Shelley Alexander - Beautiful, healthy and delicious! I have to pin this recipe. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • February 5, 2013 - 9:51 pm

    Aline C. Castro - I just made it and I replace the cranberry for dry peachs and it taste great, better than cousco same consistency amazing great love it!ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2013 - 12:31 pm

    veronica - maybe i had a particularly small cauliflower (although it looked regular to me) but the spices were so overpowering they turned the cauliflower brown. id lessen the spices a little next timeReplyCancel

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  • May 19, 2014 - 7:10 am

    Gina F. - This was a very tasty recipe. I made this for a person with gluten and allergy issues, so I had to leave a few of the ingredients off, but it remained a delicious dish. I’m looking forward to making it without all the omissions.ReplyCancel

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  • April 28, 2015 - 4:28 am

    Mo Callahan - Just made it and it was awesome!ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2013 - 2:30 am

    A Thought For Food - Oh that’s so funny! Hope you enjoy it!ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2013 - 5:58 am

    Manuela Zangara - I have heard of this too! Intriguing!!!ReplyCancel

  • January 25, 2013 - 10:49 am

    Ricette senza Glutine - That’s a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • February 5, 2013 - 11:10 pm

    A Thought For Food - Such a great idea! I’m going to have to try that next time. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

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