When you cook and eat Paleo style, there are some very interesting substitutions that you can make. An excellent example of a delicious substitution is Cauliflower “Rice”. In this technique, cauliflower florets are pulsed in small batches in the food processor until they are the size of grains of rice. Then the “riced” cauliflower joins the rest of your pilaf ingredients in the pan for a quick saute until it is tender-crisp. This dish makes a really nice addition to the dinner plate and gives you an approximation of the texture of rice while also being a solid stand alone vegetable dish.
The first time I tried it I followed the recipe that appears in Melissa Joulwan’s Well Fed book. She offers multiple variations of the recipe including; Cauliflower Rice Pilaf, Basic Rice, Confetti Rice, Curry Rice and BBQ Pork Fried Rice. I started with the Curry Rice which uses ingredients such as fresh fruit, nuts and curry powder to make a flavorful and fragrant vegetable dish that I really liked. The texture really does work as a rice stand in and the flavor was a great counterpoint to the grilled Churrasco steaks that I was serving that night. The carrots that appear on the plate are also from Well Fed, they are the Cumin Roasted Carrots and they were delicious!
I will definitely try more recipes from Melissa’s book, I have my eye on her “Meatza” which is a Paleo Pizza, but in the meantime here is my own version of a Cauliflower Pilaf. This is exactly the same as the Basmati Rice Pilaf that I have previously posted here on my blog but I am adapting it to use cauliflower instead of the basmati rice.
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