Cilantro Lime Cauli-Rice {PALEO}

We make a lot of cauli-rice in our house. A lot.  Well, I should say, we eat a lot of cauli-rice, the only one that makes it is me.  And one day I’ll get a big food processor and it will be so, so, so much easier.  But for now I use the box grater.  It’s sort of loud and cauliflower flies every where.  And I get attitude from the five-year-old, “Can you keep it down over there, I can’t hear my show!”  (Note, the TV is only on because I am trying to get dinner made; you know the witching hour…)  Cauli-rice is great for soaking up deliciousness from a crock pot meal and it’s a nice side dish, too.  And it’s an extra veggie helping for the day.  We love it.  Here’s my Mexican/Thai/Asian go-to version of cauli-rice.  It’s cilantro lime goodness, but this is a fun dish to experiment with.  Okay, without further ado:

Cilantro Lime Cauli-Rice


Cilantro Lime Cauli-Rice {PALEO}

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 large head or 2 small heads cauliflower,
  • 1/2 of a yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Grate your cauliflower.  As I mentioned above, you can use a food processor as long as you are careful, think pulse, pulse, pulse.  If you’d rather, you can grate the cauliflower with a box grater or mandolin fitted with the cheese grater blade.
  2. Heat the coconut oil to medium-high in a large skillet.  When it comes to temp add the garlic and onion and cook until the onion becomes translucent.  Fold in the cauliflower and stir occasionally for about 5-7 minutes.  Crowd the pan, the goal here is to warm the cauliflower and also steam it a bit.
  3. Grab your lime and roll it on the counter a few times.  This will make it easier to juice and is kind of fun to boot.  Done rolling? Great, now’s the time to zest that sucker.  My zester gives really long strips, if yours does this too, then chop the zest.
  4. Add the lime zest and cilantro to the cauliflower.  Give it a good stir then take the skillet off the heat.  Juice the lime over the cauliflower rice.  Add salt and pepper to taste and mix well.
  5. Enjoy!  And save that extra cilantro, too!


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