Paleo Pumpkin Risotto

by danielle on October 14, 2012

One of the biggest misconceptions about Paleo is that it is low carb and all about the meat! Paleo is not just about bacon! I try to focus on eating as many vegetables as I can with Paleo! I am not the biggest veggie fan so I’m always trying to find new ways to make them taste just a little better and sneak them into my favorite meals! Today I’m going to share with you one of my favorite ways to eat my veggies: Cauliflower rice! Here’s a twist on your regular Paleo “Rice” Recipe!

It all starts with this:

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In a food processor pulse a head of chopped cauliflower to “rice” it. You can also use your shredder attachment on the food processor.

Paleo Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkin Risotto

Ingredients: 

  • 4 cups riced cauliflower
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1 cup light (canned) coconut milk
  • 1 cup cooked spinach
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. sage
  • 1 tbs. coconut oil

Directions: 

  1. In a skillet heat up 1 tbs. coconut oil.
  2. Warm your cauliflower rice and spinach over medium high heat for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Next add in your pumpkin and coconut milk and combine with the vegetables and continue to cook 2-3 minutes more.
  4. Lastly add in your spices and continue to warm 2-3 minutes more.

Makes 4 servings 

Paleo Pumpkin Risotto

What’s your favorite food to eat with rice or cauliflower “rice”? I’ve never been a huge fan of rice but actually really like cauliflower “rice”

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance October 14, 2012 at 11:52 am

I’m the same way . . . I’ve never really liked rice, but the cauliflower rice is really good! We’ve used it as a base for stirfry and a lentil dal recipe that I make.

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danielle October 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I was surprised at how easy it was to make too!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I’ve never tried cauliflower “rice” before. But I love eating rice with my stir fries or stuffed in peppers!

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danielle October 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm

This was my first time trying it and it’s super easy to make and tastes great! It pretty much just takes on the flavor of whatever it’s paired with!

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Kareen October 14, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I’ve never tried cauliflower rice! I’ve used jicama as a rice sub in raw vegan recipes. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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danielle October 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I bet jicama would be a great sub too! They’re probably very similar!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I’ve never tried cauliflower rice because my stomach isn’t a big fan of any sort of cruciferous veggie, so I try to go easy on them. I love using rice in stir fries, though, or adding some milk, raisins, apples, and cinnamon to make a sweet porridge :)

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danielle October 14, 2012 at 5:39 pm

This recipe would be great with real rice too!

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Kate @ Kate is eating October 14, 2012 at 2:05 pm

This looks so delicious. I need to invest in a ricer. You can use it for so much! Great recipe :)

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danielle October 14, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Thanks Kate! I didn’t even think to use a ricer for this! I bet it would make it a bit easier!

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables October 14, 2012 at 7:15 pm

What a great idea!! I am trying to eat less grains! Maybe you are rubbing off on me?? ;)

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danielle October 14, 2012 at 8:10 pm

How awesome! Maybe I am!

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Eva @ committed2nutrition October 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm

YAY!! so glad you made the cauliflower rice…looks awesome!!! just bought 3 huge cans of pumpkin! :)

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danielle October 14, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Hahaha perfect! I really like the cauliflower rice!

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StoriesAndSweetPotatoes October 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm

That looks really good although I don’t dig the cauliflower rice. I need it all mashed up. Please tell me you’ve made the cauliflower mashed potatoes. I live off them.

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danielle October 14, 2012 at 11:49 pm

I have but they came out really watery when I made them! I’ll have to try them again!

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Maria @ Little Miss Cornucopia October 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Sadly, I’ve never tried cauliflower rice before but I’ve heard many fellow bloggers mention just how great it is. MUST try :D I’d love a spicy version of this. thx for sharing! X

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danielle October 14, 2012 at 11:50 pm

A spicy version would be great! I’ll have to experiment with that!

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Laury ( the fitness dish) October 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm

I am 100% making this soon! Ill let you know how it comes out! Looks and sounds great! I love cauliflower rice and was looking for variations!

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danielle October 14, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Awesome! I really hope you like it!

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julie October 15, 2012 at 12:34 am

love love loveeee this! i just wish that grinding up a cauliflower wasn’t such an annoyance! can’t they just make pre-processed cauliflower?!

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danielle October 15, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I would love that! Someday I bet they will!

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MassachusEATS October 15, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Just made this – delish! I did add a little bit of salt…and a ton of black pepper, because I’m obsessed with it. Thanks for the yummy recipe :)

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danielle October 15, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Yay! So happy you enjoyed it! Thanks for letting me know!

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Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli October 31, 2012 at 9:40 pm

You had me at pumpkin! Consider this PINNED! :D

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danielle November 1, 2012 at 2:11 pm
julie December 6, 2012 at 7:25 pm

btw totally in love with this recipeeeeeeee

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danielle December 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Thanks Julie!

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Monica March 4, 2013 at 4:03 am

Is the cauliflower raw when it is put in the food processor? I am trying to picture the consistency – is it kind of crunchy?

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danielle March 4, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Yep it’s raw but it gets softer when you cook it! Try it out :)

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