Broccoli Rice

Broccoli rice - why not? Cauliflower rice is such a popular paleo side dish, I thought why not combine it with broccoli and see what happens. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it works really well.

I pimped it up a bit by using fresh coriander leaves and lime pepper (lime zest is also good) the zestiness works really well against the rich flavours of our chili chocolate meatballs recipe.

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Broccoli Rice - Nutritional Data

When you add this paleo side dish to the chocolate chili meatballs, you end up with an incredibly nutritious family meal that will provide your family with an incredible number of vitamins, minerals and trace elements, as well as delighting their taste buds of course!

This broccoli and cauliflower rice dish will supply you with an excellent amount of vitamin C, it's also a great source of folate and a good source of B1, B6, potassium and manganese.

Learn more about the nutritional qualities of these cruciferous vegetables on our dedicated broccoli nutrition and cauliflower nutrition pages

Broccoli Rice Ingredients (serves 4 - 6)

  • 300g broccoli
  • 1 kg cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves - finely chopped
  • 1/2 lime pepper or ordinary pepper & zest of 1 lime
  • 50ml hot chicken stock


  1. Prepare the broccoli and cauliflower by removing the outer leaves, woody bits of stalk and any cheeky caterpillars (unless you're partial to the free protein source) and wash.
  2. Now grate the broccoli and cauliflower - I suggest you let  a food processor with a grater attachment make light work of this for you!
  3. Put the grated vegetables (+ lime zest if using) and the chicken stock into a large pan.
  4. Cover and gently steam for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the lid and continue to cook gently until any remaining liquid has evaporated.
  6. Stir through the chopped coriander leaves and season to taste with the lime pepper.
  7. Fluff up with a fork and serve whilst steaming hot.

Why not try...

A big bowl of ready prepared vegetable rice makes for a super quick breakfast - have it cold with some left over cold meats, or scramble it into some eggs and have it with a couple of slices of bacon.

If you fancy something a bit more exciting you could make up a batch of kedgeree with the leftovers, or use it to make some paella - the only limit is your culinary imagination!

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