Paleo Sausage and Cauliflower Rice Recipe

Natalie Perry | Perry's Plate

This Paleo recipe calls for Italian sausage to be placed over cauliflower rice. We know: how delicious!

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You've had cauliflower rice before, haven't you? If not, you must try it. It's a great alternative to regular rice if you happen to be avoiding grains or looking to reduce your carb intake.

Or if you're in the paleo crowd... which we try to be most of the time. "Try" being the key word. I try to keep one foot in the circle while the other is off searching for ice cream or tacos with actual tortillas. That one foot in the paleo circle keeps me from straying too far, though, much to the delight of my jeans.

So, cauliflower rice is basically cauliflower chopped up into itty bitty pieces and cooked. This particular version is packed with basil pesto and topped with Italian sausage and some sweet Italian relish. Another version of Cauli-rice is the Mexican Chicken and "Rice" recipe I posted a while back, and I even tried it out on my parents while I was visiting.

Italian Sausage with Cauliflower Rice

Being the sneaky child that I was (and still am) I told my meat-and-potatoes dad it was a "special kind of rice" so he would eat it. He knows I eat "weird" things, like Indian food. And green vegetables. He just figured it was another one of my strange food choices.

But he ate it -- two big helpings of it, in fact. It's clear that although he's skeptical of my food choices, he trusts me. That means a lot.

If you like this quick paleo meal, you might also like the cilantro-filled Paleo Meatballs Recipe!

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Paleo Sausage and Cauliflower Rice Recipe

    5 Servings


  • 1 large head Cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup Onion
  • 3-4 tablespoons Basil Pesto
  • 2 cups Baby Spinach
  • 12 ounces Italian Style Chicken Sausage, precooked
  • Sweet Italian Relish, for garnish


  1. Place cauliflower pieces into the work bowl of a food processor (you may have to do this in batches). Pulse until cauliflower pieces are about the size of grains of rice.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté for 3-4 minutes or until translucent. Add the cauliflower to the skillet. Stir to combine, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and let it steam/cook for 5-8 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender.
  3. Meanwhile, slice the sausage into 1/2-inch rounds and heat in a separate skillet. When they are heated through and have a bit of color on them, remove from heat and keep warm.
  4. Stir 3 Tablespoons of pesto and the baby spinach into the cauliflower. Cook until heated through and the spinach is wilted. Taste, adding salt and additional pesto if needed.
  5. Serve the sausage over the cauliflower and top with sweet Italian relish or giardiniera, if desired.


Prepared basil pesto contains Parmesan cheese. For strict paleo eaters, make your own cheese-free pesto by combining 1 bunch of basil, 2 cloves garlic, 3 Tablespoons pine nuts, and a generous pinch or two of salt in to a food processor. Blend until mostly smooth, then add about 1/3 cup of extra-virgin olive oil into the processor while it's running. Add a little more if necessary to achieve smooth texture. If you aren't using it all right away, freeze into an ice cube tray and transfer to a freezer-safe container once frozen.

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Author: Natalie Perry
Recipe Yields: 5 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 5

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 56
Calories 122

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g
  Saturated Fat 4g
Sodium 89mg
Total Carbohydrate 11g
  Dietary Fiber 4g
  Sugars 5g
Protein 4g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Natalie Perry

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Natalie embraced the Paleo way of eating slowly, over time, and you can read about it on Perry's Plate. These days she's downright in love with it. Check out her Paleo fanatic recipes, and you'll see why.

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