Eating paleo doesn’t have to mean giving up all of your favourite foods. Though we’re not too fussed about having a bit of sushi on the odd occasion, this paleo-version is healthy enough to eat everyday. If you haven’t tried cauliflower rice, you’re missing out! Cauliflower is one of our favourite (and most versatile) vegetables, loaded with Vitamin C, Vitamin K, B Vitamins (especially folate & B6!), minerals, and an abundance of antioxidant phytochemicals including sulforaphane and indole-3-carbanol. By simply switching out rice for cauliflower rice you instantly up the nutrient density of your meal!
It’s a little more effort I’ll admit (and a tad messy!), but for those times when you’re just longing for some sushi it’s a perfect substitute!
- 1/2 head of cauliflower
- Nori sheets
- Smoked salmon
- Salt, pepper
- Coconut Aminos (for dipping)
1. To make the cauliflower rice, cut cauliflower head into chunks and pulse in a food processor. Be careful not to over-process – we want a rice texture rather than a mash! – and be sure to scrape down the sides of the processor to prevent any rogue cauliflower chunks. Add salt and pepper to taste.
2. Line a bamboo sushi mat with a nori sheet and layer the cauliflower rice on the first half.
3. Add any fillings that you like – we’ve used salmon as well as julienned carrot, capsicum and cucumber. Avocado or homemade mayo would do nicely too.
4. Here’s the make-or-break part! Holding your fillings inside tight, use the front of the mat to roll the sushi backwards. We find that the slight wetness of the cauliflower actually makes it much easier to roll!
5. Enjoy dipped in coconut aminos (a great healthy soy-sauce substitute, available at any health food store!).
Have you ever tried paleo sushi or cauliflower rice?