The first time I saw a recipe for Paleo cauliflower rice, I had a less-than-impressed reaction. Actually, it was more of a disgusted reaction; I went into full food snob mode and dismissed the idea that cauliflower could replace rice. After all, cauliflower tastes like… cauliflower.
So this is me, basically, admitting that I was wrong. I’m a changed woman. Now, I make Paleo Diet recipes with cauliflower rice often, and love it more than actual rice for two reasons (aside from the obvious nutritional one)
1. It’s a great way of sneaking a vegetable into a meal – super slick.
2. I suck at making rice. Seriously. It’s like my Achilles heel. Back when I actually cooked it, I tried everything, but it never came out right. I would somehow end up with rice that was both crunchy and mushy. You’d think that was impossible, but no. It’s actually my specialty.
With Paleo cauliflower rice, you just sauté it for a few minutes until it’s done. Couldn’t be simpler.
Ever since I created plantain tortillas a few weeks ago, I’ve been dreaming about a paleo super burrito, made with giant plantain tortillas, spanish cauli-rice, refried “beans” made of squash, carnitas, salsa and guacamole. This rice was perfect in those burritos, and is delicious on it’s own, too.
*How to rice cauliflower: Cut the head in quarters, and then cut out the core. You can then either feed florets through the shredder tube of your food processor, or use a box grater to achieve a rice-like consistency.
1. In a large skillet, over medium heat, sauté onions in lard with a pinch of salt for 8-10 minutes, or until very soft and translucent.
2. Add the dry spices, remaining salt, and garlic and stir to combine, stirring and cooking another minute. (Add a tablespoon of water if the spices get stuck)
3. Add cauliflower and sauté another 8-10 minutes, or until the cauliflower is soft. Turn off heat and stir in tomatoes, lime juice and cilantro.
Spanish Paleo Cauliflower Rice Recipe by Simone Miller, author of Zenbelly Cookbook
Simone Miller is a chef on a mission: To prove that gluten-free and paleo cuisine can be just as gourmet, refined, and artfully presented as what you’d find in a fine bistro. She draws on her holistic nutrition education to bring true nourishment to her cooking, and belies the notion that healthy food can’t be delicious enough to impress the most serious gourmand. Simone offers a chef’s perspective to paleo recipes on her blog, Zenbellyblog.com. There, she shares her grain-free recipes that have made believers out of some of the most die-hard gluten eaters, and has encouraged countless people to roll up their sleeves and have fun creating simple, delicious, healthy food.