A recipe from The Bitten Word
The Paleo diet continues to be a consistent topic of conversation among our friends.
Who's doing it. Who's cheating on it. Who's tired of doing it. Who's thinking of thinking of doing it. Who really needs a chocolate chip cookie right now.
You know, that kind of discussion.
We are not on the Paleo diet. However, we frequently eat that way when cooking at home, with meals that would largely qualify as "Paleo" (lean proteins, simply prepared vegetables, no grains). We've learned a lot about Paleo from our friends Drew and Ralph, who not only did sober January, they also went strictly Paleo at the same time, the diet equivalent of pulling the sugar-fat-salt-bourbon rug out from underneath oneself.
At their restaurant, Beau Thai, there was even a Paleo menu for the first part of the year. We ate and loved lots of things on that menu, but we were especially smitten with a new concept they introduced us to this year -- Cauliflower "Rice" -- which they had learned about from the website Nom Nom Paleo (who didn't invent the dish, but definitely helped popularize it).
The idea is simple but genius: Chop cauliflower finely, the same size as rice, and stir-fry it until lightly browned. Like rice without the carbohydrate content, it makes for an amazing, tasty little side dish. We especially love serving Cauliflower "Rice" with fish -- next to a filet of roasted salmon.
Though this sounds like something that a person on a diet would say to make themselves feel better, we'll go ahead and say it anyhow: We actually prefer this cauliflower "rice" to the real thing.
Try it and let us know if you agree.