Dirty Cauliflower Rice with Andouille Sausage

IMG_1819While cauliflower certainly isn’t rice, it does a pretty good job at substitution because it easily takes on flavors from seasonings.  We love it as a crust for pizza and it makes a great stand-in for traditional rice dishes.  While some paleo aficionados eat rice as well as white potatoes, it’s a good idea to limit your intake if you are restricting carbs and trying to lose weight. (Remember paleo is a framework for eating whole foods that agree with your body rather than a rigid do/don’t regime).

This dirty cauliflower from Paleo Comfort Foods is a delicious, easy way to get a quick skillet dinner on the table.  Instead of the 1/2 pound pork sausage and 1/2 pound chicken giblets, I used a pound of Andouille sausage.  I also tried a new way to rice the cauliflower in the blender.  It was so easy and all the pieces were uniformly rice sized.

  • 1 pound Andouille sausage, sliced into bite sized pieces (if using raw sausage, I also remove the casing)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup white onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 cup orange or red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cauliflower, riced (about 3 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  1. Brown the sausage in a large skillet.  Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels (doing this in a pie plate works great).  Wipe out skillet.
  2. Heat oil in same skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add garlic, onion, celery, bell pepper and saute until soft.
  4. Stir in cauliflower rice, add in thyme, bay leaf, cayenne and cumin.
  5. Add in sausage and chicken stock.
  6. Allow to simmer over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, for 30 minutes or so until most of the liquid has cooked off.

IMG_1821To rice the cauliflower (here’s a how to video), cut into quarters, core and remove leaves.  Cut into uniform chunks and place in blender.  Fill to max line with water, blend until pieces are rice size.  Drain in a colander, pressing water out with the back of a spoon.IMG_1820

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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