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Beef Fried Cauliflower “Rice”

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Ingredients

  • 2 heads cauliflower
  • 2-3 lbs ground beef (or other ground meat)
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos (or tamari if you eat it) sauce
  • 3 onions (chopped)
  • Olive or coconut oil (2 tbs)
  • Spices: paprika ( 1 tbs), salt to taste, red pepper flakes, onion powder (1/2 tsp)

Directions

  1. “Rice” the cauliflower, however convenient. I broke off chunks and used the food processor.
  2. While “ricing,” heat your oil; once it’s ready, add the cauliflower.
  3. Meanwhile, begin browning your beef. Once it’s nearly done add the chopped onions and let simmer for ~5 more minutes on medium heat.
  4. Once the cauliflower is nearly done, add half the paprika and some onion powder. Push it to the sides of the pan, and break the eggs into the center. Scramble them with a spoon/spatula.
  5. Once the eggs are nearly (but not completely or they’ll burn) cooked, stir them into the rest of the cauliflower.
  6. Add the remaining spices and the coconut aminos to the “rice.”
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Why I Started This Blog

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I’ve been eating a mostly paleo/primal diet for several years now, and I used to accept the generic justifications.  Several months ago I decided that these “paleoisms” weren’t good enough for me, and I went on a quest to find some science to back up the blogosphere’s claims.  I am somewhat sad to say that the science was largely lacking from many sites, with some notable exceptions.  There isn’t much out there that falls somewhere in between an overly in-depth analysis of biochemical pathways and inaccurate references to those things called “lectins” and “phytates” (more on these later).  I recently discovered some amazing individuals in the paleo/primal community who truly know what they’re talking about, but some of the information out there still needs to be digested.  My hope is that in some small way I can fill in the holes (heheh leaky gut anyone?) in your knowledge.

I feel fairly confident in assuming that for those of you who stick to the paleo principles, you’ve been asked at some point “why” you eat this crazy “diet.”  I mean COME ON, what the hell?  Someone made a delicious cake for a friend’s birthday and you won’t eat it?  You don’t dive into that homemade baklava your aunt made especially because you were coming?  Ok, maybe that one’s just me.  Food is central to our social culture, and many people find it distressing to meet someone whom they can’t feed.  CRAZY, right?  Well, I guess it doesn’t really matter, because that’s how it is.

SO, next time you’re confronted with WHY you eat paleo/primal, wouldn’t you love love LOVE to have a solid reason, other than “because our ancestors ate a diet high in animal protein and vegetables, and the diseases of modern civilization only emerged with the advent of agriculture.”  Few people find this reason acceptable, and I hope I can help show you that you don’t need to fall back on such a weak explanation.

I am not one of those individuals who were cured of an autoimmune disease by a paleo diet.  I’m a “normal” 20-something female who just likes eating this way, but recognizes that this justification won’t fly in most audiences.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology from Harvard, so I know a little something about science.  There’s always more to learn though.  Hopefully we can learn together.