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You guys. It’s been so long. I haven’t posted a recipe in months, and I apologize. Nerd school had me running around so busy I didn’t even always remember to *eat* dinner, and when I did it was mostly what was quick, cheap, and could be gotten with as little effort as possible.

Needless to say, a month or so of that has left me feeling kind of like crap. And now I’m hot on the job hunt, so my schedule continues to be wonky. 

But … I got to make dinner this past week, and man was it a good one! This dish is crazy healthy (it’s basically a hit salad), has enough fat to be fulfilling, brings a one-two punch of protein to the party, and is low in carbs. What more could a girl ask for when trying to repair her schedule (and body!)?

Gluten-free, Paleo, Whole30, easily made vegetarian or even vegan

Turmeric & Chive Cauli Rice Bowl with Chicken

Based on Rainbow Cauliflower Rice Bowl by 101 Cookbooks 

1 head cauliflower
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs
4 eggs
2 Tbsp. Grass fed butter, melted
1 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. Turmeric
Smattering of dried ghost chili (or cayenne)
1 bunch chives
Juice of 1 lemon
Salad oil of choice (I used hazelnut)
1/2 bunch rainbow chard
Cooking fat of choice (I used coconut oil)
Kosher salt & black pepper

First, make the “rice” and get the eggs on. 

Quarter, de-stem and roughly slice the cauliflower. Crumble as you add to a large pot with about 1/2 inch water in the bottom. Hit with a big pinch of salt and cover. Steam about 5-7 minutes.

While the cauliflower is going, boil the eggs 5 or so minutes until hard-boiled and let sit to cool. 

Wash and de-stem the chard. Chop the stems and add to the cauliflower during the last minute or two of cooking. Slice the leaves into ribbons and set aside.

Drain the cauliflower + chard stems and set your broiler to high.

In a small bowl, combine the butter, turmeric, cumin, chili, and a big pinch of salt.

Dump the cauliflower onto a baking sheet, pour the turmeric sauce over, and massage well to combine. Spread into a single layer on the sheet and drizzle with a little additional fat. Broil 5 – 7 minutes or until browned in spots.

While the cauliflower is browning, chop the chicken, hit with a couple big pinches salt and a few cracks of black pepper – sautee over medium-high in a Tablespoon of fat until cooked through. During the last minute or so, add the chard ribbons and stir to wilt.

While everything else is working, blend the chives, lemon juice and a big pinch of salt with a few good glugs of salad oil until smooth. Reserve.

Peel your eggs – have you seen this? Genius! – and slice.

To serve, add a healthy portion of cauliflower “rice” to a bowl, top with the chicken chard mixture, add a couple sliced eggs, and drizzle with chive oil.

Serves 2 for dinner