Green Coconut Salmon & Cauliflower Rice from Zenbelly

After a long night of fielding comments on Facebook from folks passionately defending their stance on (and support of) gluten-free junk-food, I’m worn out. I think my favorite comment was that I supported a “nanny-state” because I felt there was too much gluten-free junk food. I’m not quite sure how that works. As most folks who follow Celiac Handbook know, I promote naturally gluten-free options for people with celiac disease or those who choose to follow a gluten-free diet for optimal health. I’m not one to say you can’t have your junk food — if you want to eat junk food, that’s your right and you should do whatever you want to do.

Moving on, here’s a recipe from a new favorite, Zenbelly. It’s yet another good example of using cauliflower in place of rice and would make a perfect dinner that I’d be willing to bet anyone would like (unless of course you don’t like fish). This is my idea of both a healthy dinner as well as a delicious dinner.

This salmon just might be the quickest dinner you make this week. The wonderful thing about it, other than being delicious, is that it doesn’t taste like you made it in under 30 minutes. This works with just about any kind of salmon, as long it’s it’s wild. Coho has a lower fat content, which balances the richness of the coconut milk nicely. Serve with cauliflower rice, and chances are this dish will make it into the weekly rotation…”

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About Chris Armstrong

I created the Celiac Handbook website in 2004. It has evolved into a portal for new (and old) ideas related to healthy and sustainable gluten-free living and avoiding the usual pitfalls of the gluten-free junk food market.

  • Vermicious Knid

    When I first started out on my GF journey after being diagnosed with celiac disease (and having suffered nearly a year of physical consequences) I was disturbed to find many GF recipes, blogs, FB pages, etc., to revolve around sugar and sweets, and not a balanced, nutritious diet. I’m happy to read any recipes and tips that aren’t focused on replacing the most unhealthy gluten-containing foods with equally unhealthy GF substitutes! Sure, I like an occasional brownie or cookie, but veggies, proteins, and healthy fats like OFAs, along with acidic foods to help digestion and fermented cultures to maintain healthy gut flora are much higher priorities for me, for overall feelings of well-being.

  • Kristi Beal Gabrielson

    Your post was great, remind me of my father years ago…offending Smokers, too bad… Crappy stuff is crappy stuff…..ya I indulge them feel rotten but crack is

  • Emily Brooke Jordan

    Whoa, I see your response down there! I wasn’t offended! :) My son prefers my gluten free food only because there is so much sugar added….and he likes to remind me how much is added:P I have 1 gf cookbook for “goodies” and the rest of the time I am on the hunt for the healthy stuff:) Keep up the good work!

  • Connie Bloss

    Yes, do keep up the good work. Junk food is junk food under any disguise “organic”, “gluten free”, “soy free”. Every thing we place into or on our bodies stays with us. Food becomes cells. Good nutrition promotes good cell growth. Sugars, GMOs, man-made foods ie artificial sweetners, etc have all been proven to provide or create cells that cause cancers, inflamation, and other health issues. We need your voice.

  • Kelly Zuk

    My husband is ncgi and he rarely eats the gf junk food. Because of that lovely gf after taste most baked goods add MORE sugar and other processed stuff is added to GF items than the equivalent products. We have noticed many people that have known they have a gluten inotolerence for a few years really packed on the pounds. Not only does this stuff have more sugar or calories in general, but celiacs tend to over indulge when they can because they feel deprived.

    For those that say they will eat what they want, of course that is true! On the other hand it is still good to know what is going on in the food that you are eating and take some care when making your choices. I think when you start reading the labels it will startle you as to how much MORE junkie many GF foods are just because they are trying to replicate “normal” junk food. I too am dismayed by the amount of GF junk food is on the GF aisles in stores just for this reason.

  • Anonymous

    I knew what you meant and I think most others did too….it was a really good thread starter ;) Keep up the good work!

  • Simone Shifnadel

    (most) People will always crave sweets and snacks, and there will always be crappy solutions. I know I still want a cookie / cracker / pizza once in a while (I am a chef and foodie first, after all), and found that I need to make my own high protein / low carb versions, cause I’m not satisfied with the options that come in a box (shocker!) There IS a way to feel completely satisfied with your food choices without killing yourself. It’s my specialty, in fact! Primal Docs thanks for posting my recipe!

  • Margie Wirth

    I eat healthier now that I am GF. Before going GF, I preferred the “health food” store type of bakery, which is grainy and as my husband would say “fit for a horse.” Most GF bakery is like mainstream bakery, but sweeter and grosser in my opinion. The same with pancakes, I never liked white pancakes or white pasta or white bread. I would always order buckwheat pancakes. Unfortunately, the buckwheat mix has regular wheat flour mixed in. I have made pure buckwheat ones at home, which are good. If I want dessert, I will have some ice cream or a handful of dates satisfies my sweet craving. I find myself eating a lot more veggies than I did before. I try to eat naturally gf. I have also read that once you are off of wheat, you become more sensitive to sweet tastes, so you find most commercial packaged foods too sweet.