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Extra Cheesy Cauliflower Rice

At any given moment, you can find at least 3 different types of cheese in my fridge.

Right now I’ve got string cheese (a go-to midday snack), gouda babybels, smoked provolone slices (perfect for sandwiches or quick wraps) and a block of fontina.

Never mind the fact that I also have several half-empty bags of shredded cheese hanging out somewhere near the back of the fridge.

My home is a cheese-lover’s paradise. Although my husband (it’s our two year anniversary today, by the way!) believes there’s a limit to how cheesy something can be, I believe the limit does not exist.

When they bring you that big bowl of salad at Olive Garden, I’m not the one piping up, “that’s enough” when they grate the cheese. We could be drowning in piles of shredded Parmesan and even then I don’t think I could bring myself to say ‘stop’. Cheese is one of my favorite things in the world, and it’s one of the reasons why I like the keto diet so much.

I’m used to tossing a lot of cheese into most meals, but not like this recipe. I went wild with the cheddar and the cream cheese, trying to make this as cheesy as humanly possible. I think I was successful in the end—but to me, you can always add more cheese.

The best part of this recipe is it elevates a relatively boring side dish: cauliflower rice. Using the warmth from the microwaved bags of cauliflower rice, all you have to do is stir in the rest of the ingredients and hope for the best. It’s easy to get this cheesy rice as cheesy as possible—with as little time as possible. Plus, you end up getting some chunks of cheese sprinkled throughout, instead of a creamy sauce if you had combined the cheese ingredients in a saucepan first.


Extra Cheesy Cauliflower Rice

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Sharp cheddar cheese and lots of it mixed in with cauliflower rice for an extra cheesy side dish.


  • 2 (10 oz.) bags frozen cauliflower rice
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened and cut into chunks
  • 2 TBS. butter
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream


  1. Microwave cauliflower rice according to package instructions. Pour hot rice into a large bowl and stir in remaining ingredients except for the cream. Keep stirring until cheese is melted and mixture is creamy. Add cream if you want rice to be creamier.

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