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Cauliflower Mexican Rice (Paleo, Vegan, Keto, Whole30)

Get a taste of Mexican restaurant at home with this yummy paleo and vegan Cauliflower Mexican Rice. It tastes like the real deal but it’s Whole30 and keto-friendly!

Cauliflower Mexican Rice Paleo Vegan Whole30 Keto

One of the things I judge a Mexican restaurant by is the rice that they serve on the side. When it’s done well, it’s perfectly cooked, fluffy, and flavored so deliciously with yummy spices. It goes so well with the main dish and my husband actually loves it even more than I do, and will often eat my share after he finishes his.

Because we are both such fans, I decided to recreate the dish at home with this Cauliflower Mexican Rice and I love the way it turned out. It has all the flavors of a restaurant style rice but it’s packed with veggies from the cauliflower and super low in carbs for those of you on the ketogenic diet.

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This Cauliflower Mexican Rice recipe is actually much easier and simpler to make than real rice because cauliflower cooks so much faster. I got this on the table in less than 20 minutes and you really can’t beat that when you are looking for a quick and simple side dish on a busy weekday.

I think it goes well with any main dish, but I especially love it alongside some Salsa Verde Chicken, Chili Lime Instant Pot Short Ribs, and Instant Pot Barbacoa as the flavors complement with each other so perfectly. The cilantro and lime are totally optional and I actually don’t think they are added into Mexican rice at restaurants usually, but I think they brighten up the rice both visually and taste-wise so I always like to finish off with them for this recipe.

Hope you enjoy this delicious Cauliflower Mexican Rice as much as we did, and let me know what you served it with in the comments below if you end up making it!

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Cauliflower Mexican Rice (Paleo, Vegan, Keto, Whole30)

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 53 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

Get a taste of Mexican restaurant at home with this yummy paleo and vegan Cauliflower Mexican Rice. It tastes like the real deal but it's Whole30 and keto-friendly!

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • Optional: Cilantro and 1 tbsp lime juice for garnish

Instructions

  1. Remove the leaves off the cauliflower and cut off the florets from the roots. 

  2. Use a cheese grater or a food processor with a grater attachment, and grate the cauliflower into the size of rice. Set aside. 

  3. Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. 

  4. Add diced onion and cook stirring for 4-5 minutes until translucent. 

  5. Add garlic and cook stirring for 1 minute. 

  6. Add the cauliflower rice, chili powder, sea salt, and black pepper, and stir together.

  7. Add tomato sauce and sauté for about 5 minutes, while stirring frequently. 

  8. If using, add in cilantro and lime juice. 

  9. Serve warm. 

Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower Mexican Rice (Paleo, Vegan, Keto, Whole30)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 53 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 471mg 20%
Potassium 214mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 6.7%
Vitamin C 20%
Calcium 1.6%
Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Paleo Asian Coleslaw

This Whole30 and Paleo Asian Coleslaw is a delicious and refreshing side dish to any meal that’s packed with all the healthy veggies. You’ll love the crunchy addition of toasted cashews as well!

Paleo Asian Coleslaw

I’m a huge coleslaw lover. Not only is it deliciously crunchy, refreshing, and perfect as a side to any meal, it’s one of those dishes that actually taste better on the 2nd or 3rd day so it’s great for making a giant batch of to eat throughout the week, especially when you are busy. Recently, I put a spin on my classic coleslaw recipe by using Asian flavors and ingredients, and I’m kinda obsessed with the result. This Paleo Asian Coleslaw turned out so fabulous that I know it’ll be on a weekly rotation in our house.

The textures and colors are so bold and vibrant with various vegetables, crunchy toasted cashews, and flavor packed dressing made with coconut aminos, fish sauce, sesame oil garlic, and ginger. This coleslaw, of course, is served as a side, but I’m not joking when I say that I’ve been eating 2-3 servings of this on its own in one sitting with a small portion of protein because it’s so dang delicious.

Paleo Asian Coleslaw

Paleo Asian Coleslaw

Best of all, this Paleo Asian Coleslaw comes together so quickly and easily that the hardest part is slicing the vegetables and toasting the cashews. The rest is just tossing everything together and letting the flavors combine and meld. It’s a delicious way to get in a ton of healthy nutrients in your meal with minimal effort!

This recipe is coming to you as part of the #AsianSaladFeast link party to celebrate the first day of Spring, hosted by JinJoo of Kimchimari. There are around 15 of us participating, each sharing an Asian salad recipe that’s delicious, unique, and fun.

Here are the other bloggers’ creations who are taking part in this celebration:

Wok & Skillet’s Thai Larb Salad
Brunch-n-Bites’s Gado Gado Salad
Nut Free Wok’s Vietnamese Chicken and Rice Vermicelli Salad
What To Cook Today’s Urap (Salad with Spiced Grated Coconut Topping)
Healthy World Cuisine’s Authentic Thai Fish Salad
A Taste of Joy and Love’s Thai Seafood Salad (Yum Talay)
Kimchimari’s Tofu Salad with Iceberg Lettuce and Sweet Corn
Grits & Chopsticks’ Crunchy Thai Eggplant Salad
The Sasha Diaries’ Springtime Sushi Bowl
Love Is In My Tummy’s Burmese Gin Thoke (Ginger Salad)
Chopstick Chronicles’ Shabu Shabu Cold Noodle Salad
V for Veggy’s Japanese Potato Salad
Daily Cooking Quest’s Broccolini Sesame Dressing

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Paleo Asian Coleslaw

Course: Salad
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 204 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

This Whole30 and Paleo Asian Coleslaw is a delicious and refreshing side dish to any meal that's packed with all the healthy veggies. You'll love the crunchy addition of toasted cashews as well!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 medium head of cabbage
  • 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot shredded or grated
  • 1 small onion thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Dressing

Instructions

  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat. 

  2. Add the cashews to the skillet and toast stirring for 2-3 minutes until they are golden brown and fragrant.

  3. Remove from heat and let the cashews cool, then chop roughly into smaller pieces. 

  4. Quarter the cabbage. Remove the core and thinly slice each quarter crosswise. 

  5. Combine cabbage, bell pepper, carrot, onion, green onions, and cashews in a large mixing bowl.

  6. Whisk together all the ingredients for the dressing. 

  7. Pour over the vegetables and mix together well until everything is coated in the dressing. 

  8. Let the coleslaw sit for 10 minutes or more in the refrigerator. The flavors will build more the longer it sits.

  9. Sprinkle with sesame seeds right before serving. 

Nutrition Facts
Paleo Asian Coleslaw
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 758mg 32%
Potassium 375mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 5g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 28.3%
Vitamin C 53.3%
Calcium 7.3%
Iron 10.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Regarding other affiliate links and affiliate relationships: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Thank you for your support and understanding.

“Roasted” Garlic Lemon Paleo Instant Pot Broccoli

Make perfectly steamed Paleo Instant Pot Broccoli, along with the most delicious “roasted” garlic lemon dressing, all without turning on the oven!

Roasted Garlic Lemon Paleo Instant Pot Broccoli

Broccoli is one of those side dishes that’s a staple in our house. It goes well with almost all dishes, and it’s one of the few vegetable that my husband actually enjoys. I used to love roasted broccoli, but recently switched over to the steamed version. Either way, broccoli is just so delicious in all forms, and I especially love it seasoned with garlic and lemon.

One of the newest ways I’ve been cooking broccoli that’s been a LIFE CHANGER is in the Instant Pot. It’s so easy, SO quick, and there are just so many less dishes at the end of it all. In this “Roasted” Garlic Lemon Paleo Instant Pot Broccoli, both the garlic and broccoli are cooked in the Instant Pot and all if it’s done in less than 30 minutes.

Roasted Garlic Lemon Paleo Instant Pot Broccoli

Roasted Garlic Lemon Paleo Instant Pot Broccoli

You may be confused with the instructions when it says that you set the Instant Pot to 0 minutes for the broccoli, but that’s correct. The broccoli will cook super quickly as the Instant Pot comes to pressure, and that’s all it needs. You release the pressure as soon as you hear it beep, and you’ll have a perfectly cooked broccoli that’s ready to be seasoned.

And the “roasted” garlic lemon dressing, guys. I kinda wanna put it on EVERYTHING. It’s such a great flavor combo and I couldn’t stop eating these until they were gone. If you are in need of a new way to prepare your broccoli, I highly recommend you try this Instant Pot method, because it’s absolutely delicious. I’m pretty sure this will be the only way we cook broccoli until we get sick of it!

Roasted Garlic Lemon Paleo Instant Pot Broccoli

"Roasted" Garlic Lemon Paleo Instant Pot Broccoli

Course: Side Dish
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 122 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

Make perfectly steamed Paleo Instant Pot Broccoli, along with the most delicious "roasted" garlic lemon dressing, all without turning on the oven!

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Ingredients

  • 1 small head of garlic
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp + 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 heads of broccoli separated into florets (about 6 cups of florets)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt plus more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper Omit for AIP
  • Sprinkle of crushed red pepper, for garnish Optional: omit for AIP

Instructions

  1. Slice off the top of the garlic head. 

  2. Pour water into the Instant Pot and fit a steamer basket over the water. 

  3. Place the garlic head on the steamer and drizzle 1 tsp of olive oil over it.

  4. Close the the lid and make sure the pressure valve is set to SEALING. Set it to HIGH on MANUAL for 8 minutes. 

  5. Once it beeps to a finish, wait 10 minutes for the pressure to release naturally. 

  6. Open the lid and carefully remove the garlic and set aside to cool. Leave the water and the steamer basket in the Instant Pot.

  7. Add broccoli florets to the Instant Pot on the steamer basket, while the water is still hot.

  8. Close the the lid and make sure the pressure valve is set to SEALING. Set it to MANUAL for 0 minutes. 

  9. Immediate release the pressure valve once it beeps to a finish and open the lid. 

  10. Transfer the broccoli florets to a mixing bowl.

  11. Once the garlic is cool enough to handle, gently squeeze out the cloves and place in a blender.

  12. Add 2 tbsp of olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to the blender with the garlic cloves and blend until smooth and creamy.

  13. Pour the lemon garlic sauce over the broccoli. Gently toss together. Taste and add more sea salt, if needed.

  14. Garnish with crushed red peppers, if using, and serve.

Nutrition Facts
"Roasted" Garlic Lemon Paleo Instant Pot Broccoli
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 122 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Sodium 457mg 19%
Potassium 664mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 3g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 25.3%
Vitamin C 223.3%
Calcium 9.5%
Iron 8.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

What Great Grandma Ate / Jean Choi is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Regarding other affiliate links and affiliate relationships: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Thank you for your support and understanding.