Thursday, February 6, 2014

Lettuce Wrap Tacos and Cliantro Cauliflower Rice

I recently decided that I'm going to try and join Katie on the Paleo diet and she has been making the most delicious Paleo friendly meals for us! Monday we both had the morning off and we decided to get productive. We did laundry, went to the courthouse and dealt with outstanding tickets, and when we got home I immediately cleaned the whole house while Katie got busy in the kitchen. James Vincent McMorrow serenaded us in the background and the smell of spicy chipotle chicken filled the whole apartment. Katie made us lettuce wrapped chicken tacos and a bowl of super delicious cilantro cauliflower "rice"--WOW. So tasty! I'll let Katie tell you all about the ingredients and the process for creating this incredibly fresh, and simple, meal.

Ingredients for Lettuce Wrap Chicken Tacos:

Chicken thighs
Chipotle powder
Onion powder
Garlic powder
Grape tomatoes
Green onions
Head of butter lettuce
Coconut oil

Ingredients for Cilantro Cauliflower Rice:

Head of cauliflower
*Special addition: bacon fat


Okay, Katie here to chime in. While Diana ran around our "New Place" cleaning, I got busy in the kitchen. I am in love with our new kitchen because it is big enough to get a lot of cooking done, but also small enough where it forces you to stay on top of your side prep and cleaning. Because of this the first thing I did was clean and put away all the dishes in the sink before I started any prep.

Once I was done there, I started with the seasoning for the chicken thighs. It was simple: in a medium mixing bowl I added 2 tsp chipotle powder, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste.  Then I started prepping the chicken thighs by cutting them into  1/4 inch strips and then tossed them in the seasoning I had just made.

In a skillet over medium heat, I melted 2 tbl spoons of coconut oil, and then placed the chicken thighs in the skillet. I cooked them for about 5-10 min and turned them occasionally until they were fully cooked. In the meantime, while checking on the chicken often, I chopped up some green onion and halved some grape tomatoes. Lastly for this dish I rinsed off a handful of whole butter lettuce leaves and cut up some avocado.

Next, I worked on the Cauliflower "Rice". For this dish I removed the outer leaves and stem from the cauliflower, chopped it into large chunks and shredded the cauliflower using a box grater. Then in a large skillet, over medium heat I melted bacon lard (about 2 tbl spoons) and then added the shredded cauliflower. I seasoned it to taste with salt and pepper and cooked it for about 5 minutes or until the cauliflower began to become translucent. To finish it off I tossed the cauliflower with freshly chopped cilantro in a mixing bowl.

The best part was building our own tacos! I loved heaping them full with the cauliflower "rice"!
I hope you have fun trying to make your own paleo tacos, let us know what your favorite taco toppings are, or do you have your own favorite substitution like our cauli-"rice"? Do you have a routine with your roommate where you pair up and take on the household tasks?


  1. Looks pretty awesome for the little girl who wouldn't eat her vegtables !

    1. It's true I have come along long long way.