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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Cauliflower Rice with Middle Eastern Flare

January is the time of year to clean up our eating, ease up on our digestion system and undo some of that Holiday heaviness. Clean doesn't mean flavorless. Let me say that again - clean doesn't mean flavorless. It does mean you have to get creative.

Take a head of cauliflower- a very simple vegetable that can become a vessel to absorb other flavors. It's a great to thicken soups and even make a cheesy sauce out of. Today we are letting the cauliflower come alive with the addition of dried apricots for sweetness and toasted almonds for crunch.

It's so simple yet so satisfying and delicious. Perfect on it's own or serve it as a backdrop with grilled meats or a Moroccan tagine. Eat up, be delicious and get happy with no deprivation. The best part that you could use this happy healthy recipe year round!

Happy Eats Healthy Tips: While cauliflower isn't a 'rainbow' color, it's still highly nutritious. It's high in fiber and water content helping to maintain a healthy digestive tract and helps to improve calcium absorption for strong bones through vitamin k.


1 medium size cauliflower
1 small onion
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
4 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp lemon zest
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup chopped toasted almonds
1/4 cup chopped parsley
fresh black pepper to taste

Chop the cauliflower into very small pieces, you can also use a food processor to pulse the cauliflower into crumbles.

In a small bowl, mix the lemon zest, lemon juice, 2 tbls olive oil, chopped apricots, toasted almonds and parsley.

In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onions and saute for 5 minutes until they are golden brown, tossing often. Add the crumbled cauliflower and salt, cook for 5 more minutes, again tossing often. The cauliflower should get a little toasted in some areas.

Turn off the heat, add in the lemon-apricot mixture and toss well to combine. Add a few turns of fresh black pepper. Serve immediately or keep warm until ready to serve.


  1. My friend is a vegan. I will share this recipe with him. He might appreciate that.

  2. Gotta try this recipe very soon! Thank you for sharing!
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  4. This looks like such an amazing dish! I love how you combined the flavors of the Middle East with a healthy and flavorful side dish.



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