CAULIFLOWER PILAF?!

LOOK WHO THOUGHT OF USING CAULIFLOWER INSTEAD OF RICE FOR A WONDERFUL PILAF? http://somethingcleansomethinggreen.com/

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Create a rice-based dish, but using cauliflower instead of grains. If you’ve never tried grating cauliflower and using it like this, I urge you to try it! It’s surprising how the cauliflower takes on a rice-like appearance once it’s cooked, and if you’re following a carb-free/Paleo diet, it’s ideal! I’ve used quite a wide-ranging combination of spices, but if you wanted to add your own favorites, and dial the chili up or down, feel free! The sweetness of the raisins and the crunch of the almonds and seeds add really great dimensions to the dish, and I think you’ll all love it!

I’VE ADAPTED THE RECIPE A BIT USING LESS SPICES (I’M NOT FOND OF CURRY AND I’M NOT SURE WHAT MIXED SPICE MIXTURE SOMETHING CLEAN SOMETHING GREEN USED)!

Serves 2 (as a side dish)

  • Cauliflower. ½ head
  • Coconut oil. 1 T*
  • Red onion. ½
  • Ground cumin. ½ t
  • Chili powder. ½ t
  • Gold Raisins. Small handful of
  • Raw almonds. 2 T
  • Sunflower seeds. 1 T
  • Pumpkin seeds (also known as pepitas). 1 T
  • Salt & pepper**

Grate the cauliflower using the coarse side of a box grater, and set aside in a bowl. Put a frying pan on a medium heat, and add the coconut oil.

Finely chop the red onion and add to the pan. Cook for around 5 min, stirring regularly until the onions are starting to color. Add the spices and stir well. Cook for another 2 min.

Add the grated cauliflower and raisins, and stir well to mix everything together. Cook for 10-15 min, occasionally adding a splash of water to the pan if it’s looking a bit dry.

Meanwhile, heat a small frying pan on a medium heat and add the almonds and seeds. Cook for 5 min, shaking the pan regularly, until they’re starting to brown.  I OFTEN USE THE TOASTER OVEN TO BROWN THE NUTS AND SEEDS BUT EITHER WORKS WELL!

Once the cauliflower is cooked, take off the heat and season with salt & pepper**. Pile onto a plate and sprinkle the toasted almonds and seeds. Enjoy!

*I DON’T TYPICALLY USE COCONUT OIL IN COOKING.  IT IS A SATURATED FAT AND IN THIS RECIPE YOU HAVE PLENTY OF UNSATURATED AND POLY-UNSATURATED FATS FROM ALL THE NUTS AND SEEDS.  I WOULD USE SOME LOW SODIUM VEGETABLE BROTH INSTEAD TO BROWN THE ONION.

**I NEVER ADD SALT AND PEPPER TO MY RECIPES.  WHEN I SIT DOWN TO EAT THE MEAL, IF SOMETHING NEEDS SEASONING I CAN USE OTHER OPTIONS LIKE MRS. DASH.  THE SEEDS I HAVE ARE ALREADY SALTED AND THE BROTH I WOULD USE, WHILE LOW SODIUM, WILL STILL ADD SALT SO SKIP IT!!

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