Friday, January 14, 2011

Mushroom Cauliflower Rice

The combination of toasted cauliflower, earthy mushrooms, onions, and walnuts works so well together that you really only need salt and pepper to season it. This side dish goes great with steak. I know the photo doesn't look so appealing, but it really is delicious.

Serves 4. 

1 medium head cauliflower, leaves and stem removed
8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 Tbsp snipped fresh chives
coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut cauliflower into large pieces and pulse, in batches if necessary, in a food processor until it reaches a rice-like consistency.
  3. Melt 1 Tbsp coconut or olive oil in a rimmed baking sheet. Add cauliflower rice in a single layer and toss with oil. Prop oven door open with a kitchen towel to let steam escape. Roast for 10-15 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring every 5 minutes until done.
  4. In a large skillet, add 1 Tbsp coconut or olive oil. Saute onions and mushrooms for 10 minutes or until onions start to turn translucent.
  5. Add garlic, walnuts, and cauliflower, tossing to combine. Saute over medium heat for 3-5 minutes or until warmed through and thoroughly combined.
  6. To serve, garnish with snipped chives.


  1. You mention grlic in the preparation, but not in the list of ingredients. How much to use?

  2. Oops! Sorry about that. I've updated the ingredients to include 2 cloves of garlic, minced. Good catch...thanks!

  3. This was one ugly dish, but tasted good. It was my first time to try cauliflower "rice"...I actually liked it! Will be stocking up on cauliflower!!

    1. LOL, April! Yup, it's not a pretty one, but it is tasty. I am amazed at what you can do with cauliflower. Before paleo, I never knew it was so versatile! Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for letting me know!

  4. I really liked this, and LOVE the additional taste and texture of the walnuts (which I was honestly unsure about). My husband felt that it was a little bland, however. Any spices you suggest that might pair well for added flavor?