Paleo Spanish Cauliflower Rice

Spanish Cauliflower Rice – A paleo twist on a mealtime favorite.

I’ve made this ‘rice’ a handful of times for guests whom dread cauliflower’s existence.  Knowing this in advance, I leave out a small detail when describing the dish at mealtime – it’s not rice, but cauliflower!  The replica watches
crowd always goes wild at the dinner table.

Spanish Cauliflower Rice

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Spanish Cauliflower Rice


  • 1 cauliflower head, remove stems and pulse florets in food processor to mimic rice
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell bepper, chopped
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro or add to taste, chopped
  • 1 can Mexican style stewed tomatoes, no salt added
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • pepper, to taste
  • Time Saving Tip: Trader Joes sells Dorot - crushed garlic and Dorot - chopped cilantro in frozen section.


  1. Add coconut oil to medium high heat.
  2. Add onions and peppers, sauté until onions are soft.
  3. Add garlic and herbs, toss for one minute.
  4. Add cauliflower and cook over high heat for a few minutes (until brownish).
  5. Stir in tomatoes and cook until liquid is gone.
  6. That's it. Now beat yourself up for not doubling the recipe.

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Raised in the ocean lined landscape of Southern California, Ilana now calls the rocky mountains of Colorado home. Ilana is a mother to an adventurous daughter, an accomplished rock and ice climber, skier, snowboarder, mountain distance runner, avid adventurer, and a Registered Trauma Nurse. A recent, near fatal accident in May, 2018, has left Ilana with a new disability; bringing her biggest life challenge to head, adapting to continue her pursuit of long, hard days in the mountains and share it with the generations to come. Ilana is the founder of Thrillseekers Anonymous, a seasoned event speaker, and has been featured in various media outlets including the February 2015 issue of ‘Climbing’ magazine, December 2013 issue of ‘Rock and Ice’ magazine, December/January 2013 issue of ‘Gripped Climbing’ magazine, Canyoneering: A Guide to Techniques for Wet and Dry Canyons (How To Climb Series) by Dave Black and Pasadena Magazine as well as a Climbing Expert on MTV’s Parental Control (Season 7 – “Heather”).

Ilana has written 121 articles for Thrillseekers Anonymous.

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