Cauliflower Rice Salad

When your husband goes on the ketogenic (high fat/low carb) diet, you have to come up with carb-friendly recipes and fast.

My husband first went low carb last fall and it worked wonders for him. We're talking 20 pounds in six weeks wonders. I then tried it for two weeks and all I got was dehydrated and lethargic. Go figure. I'm not knocking the diet at all, but I have heard that it works better for men than for women. For now, I'll stick with my veggie and fruit-packed, healthy fat, lean protein way of eating. Tell me one specific food group is off limits and it's all I will want every minute of every day.

Now, back to the husband's diet. The problem with having two people on different diets in one house is that I end up feeling like a short order cook. Almond milk cappuccino for me; bulletproof coffee for him. Protein pancakes for me; Eggs with cheese and bacon for him. Salad for get the idea.

One area where we can agree these days is cauliflower. It's a great replacement for carb-like ingredients (think potatoes and rice) and I can make basically the same dish for both of us and then just add a pile of cheese and butter from grass-fed cows on top of his portion. 

We're both eating a lot of this salad right now. If he's strictly counting carbs, I'll leave out the dried fruit, but otherwise, it's one dish that works well for both of us. 

Cauliflower "Rice" Salad

1/2 head of cauliflower  

1 tsp honey

1 tbsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp kosher salt, plus more to taste

1/4 cup of almonds

1/4 cup golden raisins

1/2 bunch of cilantro, leaves only, roughly chopped

1 tbsp almond oil

Sprinkling of smoked paprika 

Break the cauliflower into florets and place in a food processor. Pulse until roughly chopped into rice-size pieces. If you're doubling this recipe only process 1/2 a cauliflower at a time as overcrowding the food processor will keep some of the florets from getting processed.

Transfer the cauliflower to a bowl and stir in the honey, lemon juice and salt. Place the almonds in the food processor and pulse until roughly chopped. Add to the cauliflower mixture along with the raisins and cilantro. 

Divide between two bowls and drizzle with almond oil. Finish with a sprinkling of paprika and more salt.