The riced veggie trend is one of my favorite things to have happened to grocery stores yet. Sure, I appreciate the sugar-free products, absolutely. And I LOVE that there are “natural food” aisles with non-monster brands (once nigh impossible to find.) But while riced veggies are a cinch to make yourself – if you have a food processor at home – there’s a massive convenience in being able to snag a pre-made bag at the store. And when a trend hits, that’s what you get – convenience!
I don’t use riced vegetables as the base for my meals all the time – sometimes the larger pieces are a good thing because it feels like you are eating more. More bulk = feels like more substance.
Riced cauliflower, for one, is a fabulous substitute for rice, pasta, or even mashed potatoes – you get the volume, and a similar texture, without as many calories or carbohydrates. So it’s a perfect swap for a dinner side (“healthy” fried “rice,” anyone?!) or base, as an example, and can even work for a base for doughs and baked items.
What recently came my way was an announcement about Green Giant’s Riced Veggies – not just the cauliflower, but mixes. What on EARTH has taken companies so long?!
The glitch for me is that I have never actually seen Green Giant’s Riced Cauliflower in-store – I’ve had to buy other brands. So I don’t know if I will have the best luck tracking these down, and desperately hope other companies follow suit (they’d be wise to!) Or…of course…that someone near me jumps on board and ups the stock levels!
The doubly-awesome news? GG is also offering a whole bunch of other mashed and roasted options so definitely check them out (store location link highlighted in the paragraph above.)