Lemon Thyme Cauliflower Rice Recipe

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This lemon thyme cauliflower rice is the perfect low-carb side dish for substituting rice!

As many of you know, for a while I was eating low carb alongside clean eating. But one of the things I’ve discovered was that there are some things in the low-carb food world that I enjoy far more than their higher-carb counterparts. Even now that I’m no longer eating low carb.

Clean Eating Lemon Thyme Cauliflower Rice scooped to heaping in a white bowl.

Riced cauliflower is one of these items. I prefer it far and above any type of regular rice. This Clean Eating Lemon Thyme Cauliflower Rice recipe is a perfect example of why I love it so much.

It has more flavor overall, and you don’t have to go crazy with the spices because it seasons really easily. Far more so than regular or brown rice.

Clean Eating Lemon Thyme Cauliflower Rice Recipe Ready To Serve

Learning to eat lower carb has been an adventure, to say the least. I’ve had my ups and downs (literally), but overall, it’s been really beneficial. The body just doesn’t need a ton of carbs to be healthy. At least not according to the research I’ve done.

So for now, I’m enjoying the low-carb culinary adventure, particularly with anything having to do with rice.

Clean Eating Lemon Thyme Cauliflower Rice Recipe In A Bowl

If you want, you can substitute brown rice for cauliflower, however. Although with brown rice, you may want to consider doubling the lemon, thyme, and garlic as rice really does require more flavoring. But either way, this makes a delicious side dish!

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Lemon Thyme Cauliflower Rice Recipe

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Clean Eating Lemon & Thyme Cauliflower Rice Recipe

Lemon Thyme Cauliflower Rice Recipe

Want to enjoy rice without the carbs? Give this delicious cauli-rice a try!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 98kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 12 oz. package riced cauliflower
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder OR 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 medium lemon (zested and juiced (about 1 tbsp. each)
  • 2 tbsp. fresh thyme destemmed
  • salt and pepper to taste after cooking


  • Warm the oil in a medium to large skillet.
  • Add the cauliflower and garlic. Stir until cooked to your liking.
  • Turn off heat and immediately stir in the thyme, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cool slightly and serve.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 0.25the recipe | Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 314mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 52.8mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1.7mg
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I'm Tiffany, a writer for MSN and the AP Newswire, a cookbook author, digital publisher, food lover, and mom. I create healthy, clean eating recipes for everyday living.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was a hit with the whole family! I used a whole head of fresh cauliflower and blitzed it into rice with my food processor instead of frozen cauli. It was delish. Definitely going into rotation.

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