On the Paleo diet, side dishes can sometimes get a little boring. I mean, side dishes are always veggies, which is cool ’cause I love veggies, but sometimes you just want something a little different. I had heard about mashing cauliflower as a replacement for mashed potatoes, but then I heard about cauliflower rice. So here is my version of the Paleo Cauliflower Rice recipe.
I have to admit I was a bit skeptical about it being a replacement for rice but boy but was I wrong! This looks like rice and even kind of tastes like rice. It sure doesn’t make me think “cauliflower” when I eat it. When I cooked it up for the first time and took a little taste as I was cooking it I was hard pressed not to just sit and eat the whole pan full right then and there. 🙂
Now I keep a big container full of the raw riced cauliflower and veggies in the fridge. That way I can whip up this Paleo Cauliflower rice recipe anytime I want and I can also use it as a salad topper to add some sulfur rich veggies to my salad or toss some into an omelet. Because the veggies are riced, they cook really quickly in an omelet
Paleo Cauliflower Rice Recipe
This will make up a big honkin’ batch, probably 4-6 servings. I usually just prepare the veggies as mentioned above and just cook up enough for my meal when I want it. (only use one clove of garlic for cooking a single serving unless you are way into garlic!)
1 head of cauliflower
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp olive oil
2 spring onions, chopped
Put the cauliflower and root veggies into the food processor and buzz them until they are about the size of grains of rice. It only takes a few seconds.
Pour the olive oil into a pre-heated skillet. Toss in everything except the spring onions and parsley and sautee on medium heat until everything is tender-crisp. It doesn’t take very long to cook. When it is just about ready stir in the parsley and onion. Plate it up and enjoy!
This Paleo cauliflower rice recipe is another one of those really versatile dishes that can be changed up with different spices and veggies. Replace the parsley with cilantro and add some ginger and chilies for Thai flavor. Add some diced tomatoes, a little jalapeno and cumin and you will have Mexican rice. The possibilities are endless!