Fried “Rice” (paleo, gluten-free)

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When I first heard about making rice with cauliflower, I was skeptical. I’ve never been the world’s biggest cauliflower fan, and my preferred way of serving this oddly white vegetable was with melted Velveeta all over the top of it.

Yeah, the last time I ate cauliflower, I was also still eating Velveeta. Judge if you like.

But this week, I found myself craving starch and protein all blended together in a dish that was easy to make, yet burst with flavor. I have been obsessed with Asian flavors lately — cilantro, fish sauce, anything with that indefinable umami — but I needed something that was also Paleo, which meant no actual rice, no soy sauce and, more to the point, no Pad Thai from my favorite take-out place.

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Health Food Store Salad (paleo, vegan, gluten-free)

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Next time you go into a health food store, stop just inside the door and inhale as deeply as you can. It’s weird, and people are going to look at you funny, but it’s worth it. The scents of all the teas and the herbs and the essential oils combine to make one of the most zen smells in the entire world.

I can’t walk in a health food store and then feel stressed. It’s not possible. My local one is not only full of amazing smells, but it’s packed with local greens and herbs, raw dairy, house-made sauerkraut in four varieties and all of the gluten-free products you could ever want. I am currently in the middle of a very substantial craving for the owner’s famous “flackers.”

Anyway, this salad reminds me of that place for two reasons.

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Cauliflower and Apple Mash

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I hide cauliflower in things. I know, I know, it’s really good for you. Awesome. It also tastes like feet most of the time, and in my opinion, needs to be prepared pretty carefully in order to actually be edible.

So I chop it up into very tiny pieces and hide it in casseroles, pulverize it into “rice” and stick it in omelets. I do just about everything you can do to cauliflower without, you know, actually eating the florets in their natural form.

But this recipe is the best way by far that I’ve ever found to eat cauliflower. Probably that’s because the butter and apples far outweigh the cauliflower taste, but with a little cheese on top, this might even surpass the flavor of perfectly mashed potatoes.

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