One GRITS Journey To Convert Beloved Southern Recipes to Paleo Approved, and Darn GOOD too!

This is my story of how I am striving to change my family's life, nutritionally, for the better. Here in the deep South Paleo is a foreign word. No one has heard of it, and gluten free is really almost as unheard of...
After reading Gary Taubes enlightning GOOD CALORIES, BAD CALORIES I was determine to change! Armed with my own two hands, the internet (thank God for AMAZON.com), and all those wonderful blogs and podcasts available now, I am beginning my journey.
Please feel free to join me as I try to adapt all of our Southern Favorites into Paleo Appropriate Scrumptiousness!!! (and all Gluten Free) I will try to post all of the good ones, and may even blog about some failures along the way.

29 January 2012

Turning over a new personal leaf, Oh and Really Cool Cauliflower "Rice"

I have been living a Paleoish lifestyle for a year now.... but I do make white rice often as my kids and hubbie can use the extra carbs.... The downfall- I end up eating rice too, and I DO NOT NEED the extra carbs, I have been putting on weight ever since going gluten free- I know its from the flours, and rice, and sweet potatoes....  And of course All the experimenting with gluten free flours... I was so excited to learn new ways to make things that  I have gone overboard...Way to many carbs that I don't need.....
I have decided that I have to go back to the basics of Paleo personally for awhile and get this extra unhealthy weight off......
The trick here is to do this for me, while still getting enough healthy carbs in the kids and hubbie!!!!!
 So this brings us to CAULIFLOWER RICE!!!!!
I have read about it, seen in on blogs and paleo cookbooks.... Sounds good in theory, but I really wasn't sure if I would like and and more if the kids and hubbie would go for it...
WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO TRY THIS?????? Everyone LOVED IT!!!!!---- recipe to follow
(sincerely apologise for the bad pic---it really was white, not yellow- my camera leaves much to be desired!!!)


CAULIFLOWER RICE
  • One Head Cauliflower ( or while you are prepping you could do two or three, depending on how many meals you want to serve a variation of "rice" with this week)
  • Now you cut it into large chunks and put it in the food processor and PULSE in 10 sec intervals till you get it to the consistency of RICE!!!!!! DONE. ( now just put it in large storage baggie in fridg and its ready for when you want to make it this week!)
Cooking Variations----
  1. Place 1 T butter or coconut oil in a large pan on the stove over a medium heat. Add chopped onions and finely diced garlic and saute until soft. Add any other chopped veggies, or even chopped nuts or dried fruits and make it a Pilaf!!!! 
  2. Add in any dried spices that match the meal you are paring this with.... Italian Seasoning, 5 spice and some coconut aminos, Herbs de Provonce, Cumin and chili pepper, (you get the idea)
  3. Add in Cauliflower Rice and another T coconut oil or butter ( or a sauce if you are going that route, like chicken stock, or coconut aminos).... Saute, stirring occasionally until it is the consistency you want... (about 5 min)
  4.  Serve.... (Leftovers are still great just warmed up!!!!!!)
Here is how I made mine tonight--
1 onion finely diced, 2 roasted garlic cloves, 1/2 cup red pepper diced, 1 large carrot grated, 1/4 cup green onions for color, i kids size box raisens, 1/4 cup dry roasted almonds that i smashed up. I added some chicken stock and italian seasoning when I added the cauliflower rice in....
It took about 3 minutes to saute veggies, and then about 5 min once cauliflower added!!!!! PRETTY DARN FAST!!!!!! and it looked exactly like a Rice Pilaf!!!!!

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