paleo rice - green bowl

Paleo Rice

Several months back I started to hear the word “paleo” cropping up more and more. Not knowing too much about it, except that it was the caveman diet, I purchased a paleo book. Sorry, didn’t notice the name, but I do remember it was heavy! It sat on my counter until an innocent accidentally dropped it on my foot and broke my toe! I couldn’t give that damn book away fast enough!!!

Two months ago, a short two months after giving birth to her second baby, my daughter decided to follow the paleo lifestyle as a means to getting healthy and shed excess pregnancy pounds. With a lot of focus, determination and planning, over the past eight weeks she has transformed her body back to the one she had pre-pregnancy. It’s pretty amazing and she looks pretty awesome!!!

Well, every Friday we travel to our children for shabbot, realizing it’s easier for two to make the trek than for seven — my how the tables have turned! The rule is it’s a pot-luck shabbot — which sounds random but it’s anything but — everyone has to be responsible for one part of the meal and it’s all coordinated on a spread sheet. Nothing is left to chance, there’s no overlap and everyone’s food particularities are covered. So clever.

Last week she and I discussed Paleo Rice, also known as Cauliflower Rice. I’ve had it twice in the past week and it’s an awfully good stand in for the real deal. The second time, I doctored it up a bit, just to see how it could handle being a Paleo Rice Salad of sorts. It gets a thumbs up: a carb-free “rice” salad. I’m in!!!


cauliflower - dryingOne head of cauliflower makes a fairly substantial quantity of “rice”.

paleo rice - cauliflowerCut it up and rinse well.

paleo rice -caulifloer in processorPut half the cauliflower into a food processor and pulse on and off until it is the consistency of rice.

paleo rice in processorAs the cauliflower begins to break down, be sure to the check the cauliflower before you over-process and end up with a puree rather than nice coarse pieces resembling rice.

paleo rice beside processorEmpty the processor bowl and repeat with the remaining cauliflower.

oil in panPut 1 tbsp olive or coconut oil in a saute pan over medium heat.

paleo rice - onions in pan 1Put a medium onion into the food processor and chop the same way, with on and off pulses. Transfer the onion to the hot sauté pan. Cook 5-6 minutes, or until soft and translucent.

Paleo rice -onions in panAdd 1 tsp kosher salt, 1/2 tsp coarse pepper, 1/4 tsp ground turmeric and 1 small grated garlic. Continue to cook for another 1-2 minutes — do not let the garlic get brown.

paleo rice - doneAdd the chopped cauliflower and another tbsp oil and mix well to blend. Cover with a lid and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. After 5 minutes give it a stir and re-cover until done.

paleo rice - with lemonRemove from heat and put into a serving bowl. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. Add the zest of 1 lemon — be sure to wash, rinse and dry the skin of the lemon well before zesting.

paleo rice - green bowl 2It gets the yellow hue from the sautéed onions, as well as the turmeric and lemon.

paleo rice- with fishIt was a wonderful rice substitute with fish.

paleo rice saladI decided to see how the paleo rice stands up to the addition of other ingredients: with toasted slivered almonds, parsley, dried blueberries and the juice of a lemon, it made a delicious and light grain-free “grain” salad.

I think I’m going to have fun with this …


1 head cauliflower, cut into pieces, rinsed, then chopped in food processor

1 medium onion, cut into pieces and chopped in food processor

1 tbsp oil + 1 tbsp oil

1 tsp kosher salt, plus more to taste

1/2 tsp coarse pepper, plus more to taste

1/4 tsp ground turmeric

1 garlic clove, grated

zest of 1 lemon

Cauliflower rice with salmon and dillI’m seriously loving this rice stand-in!! For lunch today I added in fresh dill and salmon and it was fantastic!!

7 thoughts on “Paleo Rice

  1. neil

    Great post. I find cauliflower rice a lot lighter with meats and leaves one feeling less bloated. Thanks for exploring the serving options and sharing

    1. susan Post author

      Thanks Neil! I agree, it’s much lighter to eat with meats — and it’s surprisingly versatile.


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