I try my best in life to maintain a balanced mentality towards food by avoiding using descriptive words like “off-limits”, “guilty”, or even allowing myself to feel shame after eating. (Note that I said try: I am not perfect). Not that I was always this way. I used to be a slave to food. I would pair eating with negativity and guilt (you can read my story here) but what helped me through a good portion of healing was a constant examination of my self. And by that I mean I learned to quiet the loud judging voice that criticized and labeled the foods I ate as bad vs. good.

Cauliflower Spanish Rice - Fork & Beans

I, by no means, intentionally try to promote health over here at Fork & Beans to the extent that I refuse to include fried foods or baked goods that are dipped, drenched, and dunked in (non-dairy) butter in my recipe box.. My goal simply is to make those who have food allergies feel “normal” again. If that means creating a recipe that has tons of oil, loads of sugar, and a hellalotta fat just to get a delicious flavor then dammit, I will go that extra mile for you.

Cauliflower Spanish Rice - Fork & Beans

Then there are recipes like this one that is chock-full of veggies and incredibly good for you. See what I’m doing here? Balance. I don’t know about you but I’m always looking for a little more balance in my life…

Cauliflower Spanish Rice - Fork & Beans


Cauliflower Spanish Rice - Fork & Beans



Spanish Cauliflower “Rice” Recipe

Gluten, egg, dairy and grain-free

Serves 4-5



  • 1/2 head of cauliflower, pulsed in a food processor until rice-like
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (with green chilies), drain lightly
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 c. cilantro, chopped


  1. In a skillet, saute onions and garlic for 2 minutes or until fragrant.
  2. Add cauliflower until slightly browned.
  3. Add can of tomatoes and spices. Cook for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Fold in cilantro.
  5. Season with salt according to preference if needed.