Recipe: Nightshade-Free Mexi Cauli “Rice”

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Nightshade-Free Mexi Cauli “Rice”

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Nightshade-Free Mexi Cauli "Rice" Recipe

I love Mexican food. I mean really love it. When I was in college, I went to Mexican restaurants pretty much every week. And then came the tomato allergy, followed by the pepper sensitivity. Goodbye Mexican.

I found Healthy Living How To’s Beefy Mexi “Cauili” Rice recipe, and thought I would challenge myself to make it nightshade-free. That’s no easy task for Mexican food. Clearly a Mexican recipe without nightshades will be lacking a little bit, but I think I did a decent job of mimicking some of the necessary flavors. Another change I made is that her recipe contains beef, while mine contains pork. You can certainly use beef, but I’m allergic, so I opted for something else.

Nightshade-Free Mexi Cauli "Rice" Recipe


2lbs cauliflower – frozen or fresh

¼ cup ghee, butter, coconut oil, olive oil, or bacon fat

1.5lbs ground pork

2 cups spinach

3 tablespoons cumin

2 tablespoon garlic powder

2 cloves of garlic, pressed

2 avocados

cubed sweet potato – optional

cheddar cheese – optional

sour cream – optional

salsa – optional

tomatoes – optional


Making It:

  1. Cook the cauliflower, then process in a blender or food processor until it looks like rice. You can also grate it by hand.
  2. Brown the ground pork with the garlic powder, in a pan on the stove. Remove.
  3. Put the cauli rice and the pressed garlic into the pan and cook until fragrant.
  4. Add the ground pork, spinach, and cumin to the pan. Continue cooking until the pork is done.
  5. Serve with avocado and optional mix-ins.


  1. This looks really good! My fiance swears he hates cauliflower, but I keep trying to make stuff he’ll like. I’m trying this one next!
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  2. YUM! i need to try this!


  1. […] 6. Mexi Cauli “Rice” This rice recipe has some Mexican flavor, and also packs quite a nutritional punch in the form of spinach and avocados. Of course you are starting off with a bunch of cauliflower, so already you’re getting the benefit of a vegetable. They also add plenty of ground pork, so you are getting roughly equal parts vegetable and meat, so this is a full Paleo meal in one dish. You’ll be getting potassium and fiber from the avocados as well as additional fiber, phytonutrients, and minerals like iron from the spinach. To help with the flavor they’ve added cumin, garlic powder, and actual cloves of garlic. […]

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