Friday, January 21, 2011

an easy work lunch

work lunch

I had a recent request for easy work lunch ideas, so decided to post this recipe I made for myself last week. It's made from leftovers (cold rice and extra cauliflower), so the amount you end up with will vary according to how much you started out with. It's made like fried rice, but has a Mediterranean rather than east Asian flavor profile.

Cauliflower Rice
olive oil
onion, cut into big pieces
cauliflower, cut into thin slices like tree cross-sections
raisins or sultanas
leftover rice (I like brown)
salt, pepper, aleppo pepper to taste
a splash of rice vinegar
optional: olives*, capers, pine nuts, thyme, marjoram

Heat the oil in a big, wide pan on medium heat. Add the onions and cook till they're nearly done, then add the cauliflower and cook, stirring frequently, till it's nicely browned. If it's not yet tender you can cover the pan to help it get done faster. Add to tofu, raisins, and pine nuts if you're including them and cook till the tofu's browned. Finally, add the rice, seasonings, and any remaining ingredients and cook till everything's nice and hot.

*I used kalamata olives this time and I think it was a mistake, but I think mild, nutty olives like picholines would be a good addition.

Here are some other work lunch ideas:
kale salad
yummy avocado
sunflower cheese
pumpkin casserole (I'll have to make this for myself soon!)
tofu salad


joannamauselina said...

Mmmmmmm! That looks fabulous. May actually make it next week. I have a big workathon coming up.

joannamauselina said...

PS. The other suggestions are very tempting as well. Too bad I don't have an avocado on hand right now.

joannamauselina said...

I was going to make this, but failed at shopping. I got the cauliflower but forgot the tofu.

joannamauselina said...

I made it and it was very, very, very yummy!