Cauliflower Side Dish


It’s easy to dress up this cauliflower dish with some fresh grated turmeric and peas making it a great base for curry.

This side dish is sometimes called cauliflower rice or cauliflower couscous. I have no idea where this recipe originates. It popped up in the Paleo Community as a substitute for rice or couscous. It’s great for people that cannot tolerate rice or grains or just want to increase their vegetable intake.

1 cauliflower head, finely chopped
1tsp sea salt
1tsp peppercorn, freshly ground
1/3c extra virgin olive oil or raw sesame oil
Cut the cauliflower into pieces. In a food processor, finely chop the cauliflower into rice sized pieces. Doing small loads makes the chopping go easier. Spread the finely chopped cauliflower onto a glass baking tray. Stir in the spices and oil. Mix well. The olive oil is better for western dishes and the sesame oil is better for eastern dishes. Cook at 300F for 40 minutes but stir every 20 minutes to avoid burning. The dish can be eaten hot as a rice substitute or cold in salads like couscous.


In a food processor, chop the cauliflower into rice sized pieces.


Spread the finely chopped cauliflower on a glass baking tray. Add the spices and oil before baking.

Turmeric Cauliflower and Peas

1-2T raw sesame oil
1-2c Cauliflower Side Dish
1tsp turmeric, freshly grated
1/4c frozen peas
In a fry pan warm the sesame oil. When hot, warm up the Cauliflower Side Dish and stir well. Add the turmeric and peas and stir everything while the peas unfreeze. The turmeric will turn the cauliflower yellow as it warms up. The dish is a great as a base for curry.


Cauliflower Side Dish can be eaten hot or cold. It’s a substitute for rice or couscous. It’s a good base for adding spices or vegetables.