Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cafe Rio Style Pork Salad (Paleo!)

I absolutely love the Cafe Rio Pork Salad.  Yes, even the huge white flour tortilla.   Is there a way to enjoy the flavors without cheating on my healthy lifestyle?  Why, yes.  Yes there is.

Start off with Lime and Chile "Rice".  Top it with Amazing Pulled Pork.  Throw some shredded lettuce on that and liberally dollop with Perfect Guacamole.  Squeeze a lime wedge over the whole thing.  ENJOY.

Lime and Chile "Rice"
In a large heavy pan, saute:
2 T. fat (butter, coconut oil, etc.)
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced

Add the following:
1 head cauliflower, finely chopped, or shredded
1/4 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 tsp. cumin
1 small can chopped green chiles
juice from 1/2 lime
1/2 c. water
salt and pepper to taste

Stir everything together.  Use enough water so the mixture doesn't dry out and stick to the pan, but not so much that it turns into a soup.  Stir occasionally until cauliflower is tender.

Perfect Guacamole
2 ripe avocados, chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
1 slice onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
several sprigs of cilantro, chopped
juice from 1 lime
kosher salt (to taste)

Stir it all together.  Rather than mashing your avocados into a paste, enjoy the textures of the different ingredients.  Mmmmmmmm.

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