Cauliflower Risotto and the Dark Side of Paleo {Menu Plan Monday}

Just today I tried this cauliflower “risotto” recipe from paleo guru Mark Sisson.  It’s delish (though time consuming)!  In place of bacon, I used proscuitto plus some extra olive oil.  And I simmered it longer than the recipe calls for, to get rid of the raw cauliflower taste and mouthfeel.  Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly.  I put butter and grated parmesan in Pat’s.  That was reeeeeally good (I tried a bite).  I left out all dairy from mine, and it was still quite good.

So here’s the dark side:

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The paleo diet, or Perfect Health Diet, or any sort of whole-foods diet involves lots of chopping, peeling, and cooking, which lead to . . . lots of mess.  Throw into the mix a toddler who insists on feeding herself:


This pic kind of pours salt on my wound because it makes the mess look much LESS than it was.

and multiply by  3 meals a day, plus a few snacks.  I feel like all I do all day is clean the kitchen.   I don’t cook something new for each meal but still . . . none of the stuff we eat is as easy as Hot Pockets and Lunchables.  I’m hardly the first person to have to clean a messy kitchen, but we’re still in Jen-sanctioned Complaining Week, so, yeah, I’m sick of cleaning the kitchen.

On to more constructive blogging:

I’m linking up with Org Junkie for Menu Plan Monday:

I’ll eat more of this delicious avocado egg salad this week.  I eat it on rice cakes.  To make it truly Perfect Health Diet compliant, I could make my own mayo with olive oil and eggs.  But instead I cheated and bought a small jar of Duke’s.

Avocado egg salad from

Our main meals will be (or were) the following (usually with a green salad on the side):

Rice wrap recipe from my little sister over at Romancing Reilly

Monday:  Cauliflower risotto discussed above, with simple baked chicken thighs

Tuesday: Cube steak with mushrooms and onions, with collard greens on the side

Wednesday: Spinach tomato frittata (I’ll try it without cheese for me)

Thursday: Pot roast

Friday:  Flounder fillets cooked some way or another

Saturday: Crock pot rotisserie chicken

Sunday: Rice wraps using leftovers

8 thoughts on “Cauliflower Risotto and the Dark Side of Paleo {Menu Plan Monday}

  1. That looks really good! And, oh man, I know what you mean about meal prep and kitchen clean-up. It eats up a lot of time, not to mention the time it takes to clean contributions toddlers leave on the floor! Why do pictures never show messes properly?

  2. I hear you on the dark side!!! To “rice” cauliflower, I steam it and then potato masher it. Just enough creates “rice” and too much makes “mashed potatoes.” Add salt and butter/olive oil!

  3. Cauliflower is probably the messiest thing I cook–it just seems to get EVERYWHERE. But it makes for an awesome faux-potato! That is one of Steve’s favorite sides.

    • Couldn’t find them! 😦 I thought I had seen them at the grocery store but they were regular egg roll wraps (wheat). We don’t have an Asian specialty grocery store ’round these parts.

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