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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.

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  • StefJanuary 21, 2013 - 12:57 am

    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

  • RosaJanuary 21, 2013 - 1:43 am

    A lovely couscous! That is a great combination.



  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarJanuary 21, 2013 - 6:33 am

    I absolutely love this idea!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny @ BAKEJanuary 21, 2013 - 6:36 am

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

  • Jen @ Savory SimpleJanuary 21, 2013 - 7:30 am

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

  • Liz @ The Lemon BowlJanuary 21, 2013 - 7:40 am

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

  • Kiersten @ Oh My VeggiesJanuary 21, 2013 - 8:49 am

    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

  • Bev @ Bev CooksJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:24 am

    Why do you do this to me?ReplyCancel

  • JoanneJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:36 am

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

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:57 am

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

  • BobbiJanuary 21, 2013 - 10:00 am

    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

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)aJanuary 21, 2013 - 11:39 am

    This couscous looks lovely, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Christine (Cook the Story)January 21, 2013 - 12:13 pm

    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

  • Linda CentrellaJanuary 21, 2013 - 3:56 pm

    can’t wait to try it!ReplyCancel

  • Rose from Magpies RecipesJanuary 21, 2013 - 4:13 pm

    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

  • KristinaJanuary 21, 2013 - 5:08 pm

    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

  • Cassie | Bake Your DayJanuary 21, 2013 - 5:53 pm

    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

  • SarahJanuary 21, 2013 - 8:15 pm

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

  • Rachel SchofieldJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:47 pm

    This sounds absolutely delicious!ReplyCancel

  • a farmer in the dellJanuary 21, 2013 - 11:09 pm

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

  • HeleneJanuary 21, 2013 - 11:14 pm

    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

  • Alison LewisJanuary 22, 2013 - 1:39 am

    I am SO loving this.ReplyCancel

  • Denise WoodwardJanuary 22, 2013 - 1:42 am

    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

  • Strands of My LifeJanuary 22, 2013 - 5:56 am

    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

  • amelia from z tasty lifeJanuary 22, 2013 - 9:24 am

    sounds delicious! very “Sicilian” flavors.
    P.s. congrats on Kinfolk. wow.ReplyCancel

  • StaceyJanuary 22, 2013 - 9:46 am

    Oh yes, YUM.ReplyCancel

  • KarenJanuary 22, 2013 - 10:21 am

    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

  • Playing Peekaboo Baby BlogJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:22 pm

    Wow, this looks delicious!ReplyCancel

  • shelly (cookies and cups)January 23, 2013 - 9:22 am

    This is so great! I would have never thought to do this!ReplyCancel

  • Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceJanuary 23, 2013 - 6:06 pm

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

  • Michelle @AmourbeurreJanuary 23, 2013 - 10:56 pm

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

  • JeanetteJanuary 23, 2013 - 11:35 pm

    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

  • SweetsugarbelleJanuary 24, 2013 - 10:23 am

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

  • KristenJanuary 24, 2013 - 2:33 pm

    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

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionJanuary 24, 2013 - 3:08 pm

    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

  • ShainaJanuary 25, 2013 - 11:02 pm

    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

  • SweetapolitaJanuary 26, 2013 - 1:43 pm

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

  • Andrew FrishmanJanuary 26, 2013 - 7:07 pm

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

    el coliflor se parece el cerebroReplyCancel

  • Rachel @ BakeritaJanuary 28, 2013 - 12:31 pm

    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

  • Lisa | With Style and GraceJanuary 29, 2013 - 12:56 pm

    Yes!! I’m so excited for this! This is definitely going on the menu.ReplyCancel

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  • Shelley AlexanderFebruary 3, 2013 - 1:29 am

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

  • Aline C. CastroFebruary 5, 2013 - 9:51 pm

    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

  • veronicaFebruary 11, 2013 - 12:31 pm

    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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  • Gina F.May 19, 2014 - 7:10 am

    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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  • A Thought For FoodJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:30 am

    Oh that’s so funny! Hope you enjoy it!ReplyCancel

  • Manuela ZangaraJanuary 22, 2013 - 5:58 am

    I have heard of this too! Intriguing!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ricette senza GlutineJanuary 25, 2013 - 10:49 am

    That’s a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • A Thought For FoodFebruary 5, 2013 - 11:10 pm

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

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