This Paleo friendly cauliflower rice dish is a delectable way to get more veggies into your diet!
Recently I started reparative cleanse to heal my body after accidentally ingesting gluten, and to re-ignite my digestive fire to get it humming harmoniously again. I believe we are all an advocate for our own health. It is very frustrating to go to a restaurant and be very diligent about letting the server know you are allergic to a particular food or on a particular diet brave enough to ask about ingredients and menu options, and still come home with a terrible stomach ache, headache, or low energy that lasts for days and sometimes weeks. The result of insensitive or perhaps unknowledgeable restaurant staff can be devastating to someone with food allergies. For those with Celiac Disease, the damage done to the small intestine after ingesting gluten is permanent and debilitating. In my case, getting slipped the big G left me with all of the symptoms of the stomach flu, anemia, and skin issues and in need of major gut repair.
The cleanse I am on is great because you can eat as much of the approved foods as you want. That means no need to be hungry, or drink strange juice concoctions. What you eliminate is any inflammatory food or known allergen. That means no grains, dairy, sugar, alcohol, nuts, etc. The hardest part is eliminating my beloved coffee! Along with this clean diet, I am taking some high-quality digestive enzymes and digestion supporting herbs prescribed by a health coach and fellow Gluten Free Goddess, Kelly Ann Greene. Be on the look out for a guest blog with Kelly if you are interested in learning more about the cleanse!
Recipe for the Mind, Body and Spirit:
It is so important to love your food, even on a restrictive diet. This Mediterranean bowl is cleanse friendly, filling, and a feast for the eyes. The main attraction of this dish is the cauliflower rice. Cooking the cauliflower quickly, as in this recipe, will eliminate the sulfur smell and taste. Add your own herbs and spices to the rice recipe and it can be a great compliment to any main course. You may not mistake this for real rice, but the texture, flavor, and color satisfies the mind, body and soul. Cauliflower is high in potassium which regulates body functions, and one serving has almost as much vitamin C as a whole orange!
Ingredients: (Serves 4 people)
1 head of cauliflower
1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced or finely chopped
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
salt to taste
2 cups Spinach
½ head of Romaine lettuce
½ cup pitted green olives
30-40 small or medium size pre-cooked shrimp
1 cucumber: peeled, deseeded, and chopped
1 cup purple cabbage, chopped
½ cup olive oil
½ cup apple cider vinegar
salt to taste
Method: Cauliflower Rice
Cut off any green leaves or brown spots from the head of cauliflower. Chop the cauliflower head in half and remove the core, then cut the florets into uniform size florets. In small batches, place the raw florets in a Vitamix on low speed, using the plunger to chop the cauliflower into rice-sized pieces. Be careful not to over chop. I use #3 on my Vitamix dial. If you are using a food processor, use the pulse feature to finely chop your cauliflower.
In a large skillet heat olive oil on medium heat and add garlic. Lightly saute the garlic, being careful not to let it turn brown. Add the rice to the skillet with the salt and saute until slightly toasted, adding the cilantro at the end to wilt into the rice. Do not overcrowd the pan or you will end up with soggy rice! Remove from heat and set aside.
Method: Mediterranean Bowl
In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar and salt to make the dressing.
Divide the lettuce and spinach in four separate serving bowls. Layer the rice, cucumber, shrimp, olives and purple cabbage onto your beds of lettuce. drizzle your oil and vinegar dressing over the top and enjoy!
This recipe serves 4, but it is easy to make more or less if needed. If you don’t plan on eating all of the cauliflower rice, freeze the uncooked chopped cauliflower in serving size freezer bags. It makes a great go-to side with any dish.
I am on day 9 of this cleanse and with meals like this I feel like I could keep going! I feel great and lost ½ inch off my belly already. If you have been feeling low energy, have had stomach issues, or just want to do a reasonable but effective fall cleanse, I recommend you try this one. Please leave a message or a comment and let me know if you want to learn more about this cleanse, or have your own experience with a cleanse you would like to share. Let’s help ourselves and each other love our food, love our bodies, and transform our lives!