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Vegan Cauliflower Risotto

Vegan Cauliflower Risotto

If you are trying to keep it low on carbs but still need a load of indulging heartwarming and delicious food, we have the recipe for you! We are making Vegan Cauliflower Risotto today. No cheese. No rice. Yet, all the heartwarming deliciousness of your typical risotto. 

We love using cauliflower as a rice substitute. It's such a brilliant idea and a great way to make your rice dishes a bit lighter on the belly. You cut down on carbs while loading up on all the benefits of cauliflower. And I am always amazed how the consistency is almost the same so you won't feel you are missing out at all. 

A while ago I wasn't sure how to make cauliflower risotto without my meal turning into a soggy mess. Therefor, I did a bit of trial and error and realised that the key is to get the rice-making part right. This will give you a good foundation to start with. 

Vegan Cauliflower Risotto ingredients

To begin with we need to turn the cauliflower into "rice". To do this, some people like to cut the cauliflower into little chunks. You could use a food processor if that's an option for you. However, I prefer using a grater for this part so I get the small little bits in what I feel is a perfect size. 

Secondly, we need to take out as much moisture as we possibly can. For this step, I give the grated cauliflower a big squeeze. You will see the water coming out. So, just drain it and then use a paper towel to suck out even more water out of the batch. 

Now you are ready to cook the cauliflower rice. This step is really easy and where you can get all kinds of creative. I start by sautéing onion and garlic until fragrant, this will start adding flavour to your cauliflower rice, since cauliflower on its own has a very mild taste. 

cauliflower and grater

The goal here is to make a vegan cheesy cauliflower risotto. We need hummus, vegan cheese, and a bit of nutritional yeast. All these three ingredients will make it really easy and incredibly flavourful. 

As you can see, we don't really need that much. The beauty of this recipe is that cauliflower on its own is already super loaded with health benefits. In addition, the few other ingredients we are using will add all the taste we need to make a flavourful nourishing dish. 

We have a dish low in carbs and high in protein, we get around 24 gr of protein and only 53 gr of carbs. For this reason, we also call this a paleo risotto and we recommend you add it you your book if you are on a vegan paleo diet. 

You and your family will love this delicious recipe. And you will love that it only takes about 20 minutes to be ready and that we are dealing with a one-pot one-bowl meal, so easy to clean afterward! 

Vegan Cauliflower Risotto top down

Prep time
5 minutes
Total time
Category: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 2


  • 1 head cauliflower (grated)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ½ cup hummus
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (thinly chopped)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ cup vegan cheese
  • 1 cup vegetable broth


  1. Add the oil to a large frying pan and saute garlic and onion until fragrant for about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add the grated cauliflower for stir fry for about 5 minutes, then add the rest of the ingredients and cook for another 5 minutes until tender.
  3. Adjust taste before serving, enjoy!

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