paleo diet cauliflower rice

Paleo, Paleolithic, Caveman or Ancestor, whatever you call it, the diet our ancestors have consumed throughout evolution is once again gaining popularity. This morning I paid a visit to CTV Morning Live Edmonton and shared a recipe for cauliflower rice; a real rice mimicking recipe that falls within the confines of the paleo diet.


Paleo Basics:

Avoid Grains, Legumes and Sugar
500 years ago, before the advent of agriculture, the consumption of grains, and legumes simply wasn’t possible, so you won’t find them on a paleo plate. And we all know the perils of sugar consumption, and paleo diet rules prohibit the consumption of sugar, because back in the day sugar was a rare luxury and not a daily indulgence; this includes, honey, coconut sugar and maple syrup, no matter how organic/local. Stevia is a leaf that is super sweet and serves as a substitute for sugar that is paleo approved!

Stick To High Quality Meats
Since your plate is largely animal protein, the source is extra important. Processed meat is NOT what you want to consume EVER, especially if you are paleo; what the animal eats, you eat. Grass fed, pasture raised or organic meat and chicken, in addition to wild fish is the type of animal protein you want to consume.

Cool It On The Fruit
Although you are allowed fruit, on the paleo diet you want to limit your fruit intake and focus primarily on berries (blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries) which generally boast a less sugar than other fruit.

You know I love good fats, and the paleo diet indulges me! Coconut oil, grass fed/ organic butte, ghee, lard, tallow,avocado, olives/ olive oil etc. are all fair game- go wild and see you hair, skin and nails improve!

As with any diet, this may not be right for you; if you are eating a paleo diet and find yourself just not feeling “right”, try something else- I say this to vegetarians and vegans as well.


Cilantro Infused Cauliflower Rice

I believe that when we give up certain foods, in order to ease the transition, it’s essential to find ways to satisfy cravings; and having grown up in North America, most of us are conditioned to have rice, pasta, potatoes and the like on our plates, so eating paleo can prove challenging. Enter Cauliflower rice!

Cauliflower, chopped finely and sauteed in coconut oil and butter, mimics the rice of our youth! And it takes so nicely to customization.

Cilantro Infused Cauliflower Rice
A “rice” dish that our ancestors would approve of, the perfectly Paleo, cilantro infused cauliflower rice.

•    a small head of organic cauliflower, chopped coarsely
•    2 tablespoons of butter
•    1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil
•    1 tbsp chopped cilantro
•    1 tsp salt
•    1/4 tsp pepper

In a sauce pan on medium high heat, melt the butter and coconut oil. Pat the cauliflower pieces with a clean cloth, to ensure they are dry. Add the cauliflower and saute for 5-7 minutes; once the cauliflower begins to caramelize, cook for an additional 1 minute. Remove from heat, stir in cilantro; serve hot with stews and curries, or serve cold in salads.

Store in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.


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