Cauliflower Rice and Black Quinoa With Caramelised Red Onions and Cumin

Serves: 4
Takes: 30 mins

Cauliflower rice is great way to use your leftover cauliflower. It works well with the nutty black quinoa, providing a healthy and enjoyable bite to the dish.

When To Eat

We recommend eating this dish from Late April to the beginning of July.


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Name Amount KG CO2e
Cauliflower 700 g 0.252
Black Quinoa 100 g 0.115
Mint 20 g 0.016
Cumin 2 Teaspoon 0.016
Demerara Sugar 1 Tablespoon 0.002
Spring Onion 3 Onions 0.006
Red Onion 2 Medium 0.051
Lemon 1 Whole 0.026
Sunflower Oil 1 Tablespoon 0.047

This meal is around 95% less polluting than the average UK meal.

  • Eating this recipe will save around 2.81 kg CO2e per person.
  • That's equivalent to the emissions produced driving 23.19km in a modern car.


  • Cook the quinoa. Place the grains in a saucepan and cover with 250ml of salted water. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 10 - 15 minutes until the water has been absorbed and the grain is soft. Drain and reserve.
  • Make the cauliflower rice. Chop the cauliflower into manageable florets and put into a blender. Whiz until the cauliflower appears crumb like. Place the cauliflower into a deep pan over a medium heat and add around 30 ml of water and the cumin. Cover and cook for around 5 minutes until the cauliflower has softened. Remove from the heat and reserve.
  • Zest and juice the lemon, then finely slice the spring onions and mint. Reserve some of the mint and onions for garnish, then mix the quinoa, spring onions, mint and lemon juice and zest into the cauliflower rice. Once combined well, season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Halve and slice the onions. Add the sunflower oil to a frying pan over a medium-high heat, pour in the chopped onions along with the sugar. Fry for 5 - 7 minutes until the onions are golden and caramelized. Once cooked, serve the rice with the onions heaped over the top and garnished with the reserved mint and spring onions.
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