Friday, October 28, 2011

Beef, Pumpkin & Cinnamon Pilaf

Cauliflower rice has been one of the most amazing discoveries I have come across in the last year or so (probably sounds like an exaggeration, but true!) its easy and quick, more so that normal brown rice which takes about 20 minutes to prepare.
Cauliflower rice is as simple and either grating the cauliflower or whizzing it in the food processor until you get rice sized pieces, then I usually pop in in a microwave covered with nothing extra and blast it for a couple of minutes, bam, done, pretty easy right? So I wondered how it would stand up to being added into a meal like pilaf where it is all cooked together, I tried it and it was amazing, better in my opinion than rice. Now I have another way thats even faster, causes less mess and tastes better. thats a win in my book
Heres what you are going to need;

500g Beef
1 red onion diced
1 Clove Garlic crushed
Approx. 2 Cup Vegetable stock
300g Pumpkin cut into 2cm cubes
1/2 Cauliflower head blitzed in the food processor
1 Cinnamon Quill
Parsley and ground cinnamon to serve


Heat some oil in a deep pan, brown the beef in batches and set aside keeping warm
Saute the Onion and garlic, add the pumpkin and cook for a minute or so coating the pumpkin
Add Back the beef, stock and cinnamon, bring to the boil reduce then to a simmer
cook until the pumpkin is tender, add a little more stock at this stage if you need to.
Add the Cauliflower to the mixture and this stage and simmer for a few minutes more until tender

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