Giving Up Rice

When I went Paleo, I had a really hard time with the idea of giving up rice. I mean, I missed pasta, but giving up rice seemed like I was cooking with one hand tied behind my back. Rice has always been my go-to, quick and easy meal. I could always add some leftovers to precooked rice and chow down. It has taken me some time to find my way back to those flavors and that easy way of cooking.

Discovering Caulifower

Thank God for cauliflower rice. I wasn’t convinced at first. It was probably a year and two Whole30’s before I even tried it! The first time I actually believed that cauliflower rice could be tasty was when I made Nom Nom Paleo’s Asian Fried Cauliflower Rice. It was so dang delicious, I knew then that I could adapt my old standby’s to my new grain-free (ish) world. The very first version I tried transforming was my Greek lemon and spinach rice and so this Lemon Caulirice with Spinach was born.

Transforming on Old Favorite

I created this recipe years ago after eating a delicious Greek meal in downtown Cleveland. I know, Cleveland is not the first place you think of when you think of Greek food, but trust me, they make some truly wonderful Greek food in that town! Now that I eat mostly Paleo, that same dish has evolved into this new version! I hope you will enjoy the Lemon Caulirice with Spinach as much as I do.

Serve with Artichoke Chicken with Lemon and Olives

Lemon Caulirice with Spinach | Sweet Lime Road

Lemon Caulirice with Spinach

Enjoy this Paleo spin on a lemony greek style spinach rice.


  • 4 cups Cauliflower, grated
  • 1 bag Baby Spinach
  • 1 Lemon, Zested and juiced
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil, extra virgin
  • 1 tbsp Oregano, dried
  • Salt, Kosher
  • Pepper, Tellicherry, coarsly ground


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet on med high
  2. Add cauliflower, salt, pepper, oregano and lemon zest to heated pan
  3. Stir to combine and cook until cauilflower is tender. 
  4. Add a little oil if needed and brown the cauliflower a little, so there are some golden brown flecks throughout the cauliflower 
  5. Add your baby spinach and lemon juice and stir into the cauliflower as the spinach wilts. 
  6. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking if needed.

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