Cauliflower Rice Paella…after a long hiatus


The school year ended, which was insane. Final exams, award ceremonies, pizza parties, study guides, year books, weeping children who actually will miss school, cleaning EVERYTHING out of the classroom and post planning (teacher workdays)…the end of the year is rough! In addition, summer camp started the week after school let out…and I am still doing a few hours at sylvan. I have been cooking…just not a lot of new and adventurous things.

Hopefully after this post, I will start to cook more and more, and actually use my blog!

Last night, Josh and I decided to cook at his apartment (he is now obligated to try my cooking experiments!). Being ever so tolerant of my vegan ways, he agreed to try Cauliflower Rice Paella which I found pinned to my pinterest board…the original recipe is here and their photos look significantly better than mine!

We ended up using two large frying pans for this dish…there is a lot of stuff!

1 head of cauliflower
olive oil
1/2 medium onion, minced (yes mom, i still pick out my onions!)
1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
1 1/2 c. celery, chopped
1 1/2 t. minced garlic
a few shakes of paprika
a few shakes of cayenne
some salt and pepper
1 T. apple cider vinegar
1/2 c. vegetable stock
1 c. cherry tomatoes, split
1 12oz jar quartered artichoke hearts (drained!)
1 can of chick peas (drained!)
1/2 c. green onions, chopped
15-20 Spanish olives
1 lime

In a frying pan (or two) sauté the onion (minced), celery, and pepper, until slightly tender. Meanwhile, chop up the cauliflower into florets, and pulse them in the blender until it is the consistency of rice. If your blender is not strong enough, you may need to make several small batches. It is nice to have a vegetable alternative for grain every now and then!

Once the veggies are soft, add the cauliflower and wait…this is a great time to dance around the apartment! I highly recommend ’80’s Dance Party’ on Pandora…the Styx station is really good too…

After about two songs…or 6 minutes (please stir during this time!) add in the garlic, cayenne, apple cider vinegar, vegetable stock, salt, cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and chickpeas. I got overzealous and added the scallions and olives at this time…apparently you are supposed to wait…

Time to dance again! After another two songs, or 6 minutes, your meal should be ready. Spoon generously into a bowl, add a squirt of lime, and enjoy!

What I love about this dish is that it is filling, healthy, and almost entirely made of vegetables! It is also extraordinarily colorful…and versatile (Josh added roasted red peppers and cherry peppers to his).

It is good to be writing again 🙂


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