cauliflower rice with garlic shrimp

We have been trying to eat less processed food at our house. The more I read about the effects of this stuff on the normal {and well designed} functionality of our bodies, the more urgent my desire to remove processed food from our diets. With this attempt, I’ve had to get more creative in the kitchen than I’ve ever been. This is not easy for me. I have always been the kind of person who wants to hurry up and finish dinner and dishes so I can move on to something more interesting. I saw my job as feeding my family, so I would get it done in the quickest and most efficient way I could, even if it meant microwaving a box of something pre-made with unpronounceable ingredients. I thought that was satisfying my requirement of feeding everyone. I know. The thought makes me cringe as I write this. I used to see my friends lovingly making delicious meals for their families and wonder why I didn’t have the desire to do that, too. It looked like such a sweet way to care for the family. It just wasn’t me. I cared for my family in other ways, but time in the kitchen? That was just plain boring.

It’s funny how changing my way of thinking about food has given me the desire to spend more time in the kitchen. My job isn’t just to feed my family, it’s to feed my family the food that will help them be strong and healthy. It’s the difference between satisfying immediate hunger and setting my family up for lifelong health. It isn’t about getting through this one meal, it’s about being consistent meal after meal. Consistency is something I’m good at in other areas of life. If I can just apply it to cooking, I think my family will be healthier for it. This change in my perceived job description was crucial in making the kitchen less boring. I’m only starting on this journey, so if I share recipes with you, please know that I am far from perfect when it comes to unprocessed foods, but I am trying to make changes in that direction.

This is one of the meals we have come to love around here: cauliflower rice with garlic shrimp. It’s simple {just what I need} and everyone loves it. I read lots of recipes online for cauliflower rice and adapted them to our taste. The great thing about this rice is that it works in lots of dishes. We’ve made stir fry and served it over this rice, used leftover meat and made pork fried rice and used it in soups. It’s sweeter than real rice, which I like. The texture and consistency is very similar to real rice, too. For today’s recipe, there are two parts: the “rice” and the shrimp.

Cauliflower Rice

1 cauliflower head
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons crushed garlic {I used crushed garlic from a jar, but fresh garlic would be great}
1 small onion, chopped

Cut the cauliflower into pieces that fit in the food processor. Pulse until it looks like rice. For larger heads of cauliflower it might take two batches in the food processor. In the meantime, sauté the garlic and onion in the coconut oil until it starts to turn a little brown. Add the cauliflower to the frying pan, cooking over medium heat for about ten minutes. Stir every now and then. I cooked mine until the rice started to turn brown because I like it that way, but you could cook for less time if you prefer it to stay white. After about ten minutes the rice will have lost quite a bit of moisture so the pan isn’t as full as it was when you started. Leave this on low while you prepare the shrimp.

cauliflower rice ingredients

cauliflower rice sauté onions and garlic

cauliflower rice

Garlic Shrimp

1 pound frozen uncooked shrimp
1-2 tablespoons crushed garlic
1-2 tablespoons coconut oil

Run cold water over the shrimp to thaw it out. Sauté the garlic in the coconut oil. Add the uncooked shrimp and cook until it turns pink. Serve on top of the cauliflower rice.

garlic shrimp ingredients

The photo below shows more than one pound of shrimp because I had half a bag leftover from another meal that I wanted to use up. Normally I use just one pound and it will serve four of us. This gave us leftovers. Yay for not having to make lunch the next day!

cook shrimp

Last time I served this with some wilted spinach as a side. Delicious!

cauliflower rice with garlic shrimp

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11 Responses to Cauliflower Rice with Garlic Shrimp

  1. Carol jemison says:

    Good job! Your meal looks wonderful. Isn’t that MY Trader Joe’s coconut oil? haha Uncle John was just here at my house and I made him Paleo cookies…he loved them.

    • Betsy says:

      Thanks! I really stocked up at Trader Joe’s when I went back in November, so I’m 99% sure it’s not your coconut oil. :) Glad you got to see Uncle John.

  2. Heather says:

    This looks amazing :) My house is trying to be as paleo as possible – and this meal fits the bill perfectly.

  3. Mmm, I love me some shrimp, and the cauliflower rice is really neat, too. I just recently discovered it myself!

    Thanks so much for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not :)

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  5. […] on Pinterest and have made a few times. We love it! The last time I made it I served it with my cauliflower rice and it was delicious! To see more paleo friendly recipes, check out my Paleo Recipe Board on […]

  6. Just came here from the curried shrimp recipe and THANK YOU for the tutorial on preparation for the “rice”. Ace!

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