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Curried Cauliflower with Pineapple and Coconut Rice

So…Fritz and I are officially moving! We just decided minutes ago, so to my friends and family who are insulted to have not been told, I’m sorry. It just happened.

We were so torn between staying in our current apartment and moving to a new place with some better amenities (mostly a dishwasher and laundry facilities), but when we visited the apartment for the second time that we had been considering with some wariness (it’s a basement apartment), we were quickly convinced.  It’s bigger, way more storage, better kitchen appliances, no obnoxious dog/boyfriend downstairs, and freshly painted and renovated.  Worth the lower ceilings in most of the rooms, we decided.  Oh, and it’s cheaper than where we live now, which is important…since we are still (very) poor students.

So in a month we’ll be packing up and moving out.

I’m not doing laundry ’till then.  Ha!

Here’s a quick, easy, and delicious dinner or hearty side-dish recipe for ya.

Curried Cauliflower with Pineapple and Coconut Rice

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 t curry powder
  • 1 C brown rice
  • 2 C water
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 4-5 pineapple rings
  • salt and pepper to taste

So few ingredients for a dish that was so easy and delicious!

Bring the water to a boil in a medium pot, then add the brown rice and reduce to medium-low.  Once it starts to become tender and most of the water is absorbed, throw in the can of light coconut milk and continue to simmer until most of the liquid is gone.  Add more water as needed if it boils off too early.

Preheat the oven to 350, and lightly spray a baking dish or cookie sheet with canola or olive oil.  Rinse the cauliflower and slice it into thick sections, about 1/2″-1″  (it’s okay if some pieces break those off–you can throw those on the sheet, too). Dust with the curry powder and a little salt and pepper.

Bake for about 20 minutes, or until tender.

Meanwhile, grill the pineapple rings over high heat until you get some nice dark grill marks, then slice.

Once the rice is cooked, toss in the cauliflower, top with the pineapple and season with salt and pepper to taste.

If you wanted, you could easily add some shrimp or chicken to make this a heartier dish.  I think I preferred it light like this, since the coconut rice is quite substantial, but I know Fritz would have been happy to see some chicken.

Perfectly cooked chicken breast makes his heart go pitter-patter.

The creaminess of the coconut rice combined with the curried cauliflower and sweet juicy pineapple was taste heaven.  It would have been even better with some salted peanuts on top for a little texture.

Is it the prettiest dish I’ve ever made? No.

But it was healthy, yummy, and pretty cheap to make.  The trifecta.

And for those of you who have been wondering, I have two other announcements to make:

1) I decided that I will, in fact, be attending graduation.  Too many of you posted that missing your graduation was a huge regret, so I decided to just go for it.

2) My first two days at my new clinical were not as scary as I thought.  Though I definitely need to brush up on some skills (in a big way, my friends), the staff are very understanding, nice, and the job is actually way less physically demanding than my last one with the kids.

Have a lovely Wednesday!

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  1. Caitlin

    Wow good luck with the new apartment! It’s always scary at first but everything will find a place :)

  2. Hannah

    Amazing what a difference a day makes! You sound much more upbeat and excited…so many things to look forward to. I have to predict that one of them will be a car full of clean laundry returning to LI after a weekend visit home for Easter, but that’s just my guess. :)

  3. Ashley

    Lauren, why so much liquid for the rice (both water and milk)? Isn’t it going to make it soggy? I never use the full 2C of water when I make rice, it always comes out really mushy.

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      I used brown rice which takes longer to cook, plus I didn’t cover the pot so much of the water boiled off. Use less if you cover it (ie cook it the right way! )

  4. Vicky

    Very interesting combination of flavors! Definitely want to try this!

  5. Nuts about food

    Happy Easter! I have a little something for you at my place!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      Thanks for the present!

  6. Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau

    I’m loving the combination of flavors in this. I’ve been oddly obsessed with roasted cauliflower lately, so this sounds perfect to me!

  7. Emily : RainbowDelicious.com

    I loved the simplicity and flavors of this dish. I enjoyed it so much I included it on my weekly meal plan at rainbowdelicious(dot)com. Thanks!

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