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Miracle Cauli-Tabbouleh

Prep: 20 min | Cook: 0 min | Total: 20 mins | Servings:8..

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Miracle Cauli-Tabbouleh
Miracle Cauli-Tabbouleh
Miracle Cauli-Tabbouleh
I lived in San Francisco in my late teens and early 20's. A great place to be in your youth! One of my absolute favorite haunts was a restaurant called "Kan Zaman", which apparently shut down in early 2013, sad-to-say. This upper-Haight restaurant was ACTION PACKED in the early 90's. It's clear they had a good 20+ year run, which is pretty spectacular by any measure (most restaurants don't make it more than a year or two!). The food was Middle Eastern; everything was shared, family style. Alongside one wall was a row of pillows, where you could sit, comfortably on the floor with friends, while sipping warm spiced wine and pick over foods like falafel, baba ganoush, shawarma, stuffed grape leaves, hummus, all manner of grilled meat on sticks and ... the fresh herbed tabbouleh!

After dinner, you could request a hookah and smoke apple scented tobacco, while watching belly dancers twirl around with swords. An amazing place at a special time in life ... It's interesting to me that "Kan Zaman", in Arabic means "A long time ago ..."

In any event, this is the place and time that introduced me to the amazing foods from the Middle East. Fresh and simple, with mouthwatering blasts of herbs and spice!

Tabbouleh is a salad harking from the eastern Mediterranian, between Anatolia and Egypt. You might find Tabbouleh in countries like Syria and Lebanon. Traditionally it is made with Bulgur wheat, tomatoes and a mixture of mint and parsley. In fact, I've been told many times in my life that the chopped herbs should be about equal to the bulgur. I've even seen recipes which were almost all herbs, with only a small amount of bulgur. It's FULL of herby goodness!

Throughout my adult life, I've seen this dish recreated a million times. Here I am, throwing my little low-carb spin at it. Mine is full of veggies and herbs, as well as my miracle cauli-rice. This gives both a little boost of natural flavor, while adding bulk and some texture. I was so excited when I made it, because I love Tabbouleh. I love the bright acid flavors, and all the textures of the fresh raw vegetables. I wanted so badly for this to match the Tabboulehs of my youth and it was SOOO close! SOOOOO CLOSE! It's tough to give this a B, but ... I'd be lying if I called it a home run, or an "A". It was everything I wanted in a toubouleh, from the health aspects to the colors and textures. It was wonderful, on all fronts. The only way I can describe it, in as truly honest a way as I can ... it was just ... somehow ...

... hollow.

There was an earthy depth that the bulgur brings to this dish, and this missed that particular element. The last thing I want to do is talk you out of this. It is really quite good, much better than most low-carb replacements that I've seen, but ... it's a B. Bring it to the next Potluck, where everyone else is going to bring their "C" Game!

Next time ... more herbs and less miracle-cauli rice!

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IngredientsCaloriesFatProteinCarbsFiberSA'sNet Carbs
2 cups (342.4g)  miracle cauli-rice, chilled (recipe)662.663.494.204.8
1 cup (88g)  fresh mint, chopped38.72.882.647.046.1600.88
1 cup (64g)  fresh parsley, chopped11.7601.042.081.0401.04
1/2 lb (227g)  cherry tomatoes, washed, dried and halved or quartered41.1602.58.742.506.24
1 small (74g)  red bell pepper, seeded and diced22.940.744.441.4802.96
1 each (301g)  english cucumber, seeded and diced122.58013.6218.164.54013.62
1 small (110g)  red onion, peeled and diced440110208
1/4 cup (61g)  lemon juice, freshly squeezed15.260.265.26.2605
1/4 cup (54g)  extra virgin olive oil (Buy Now) 477.55400000
salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste0000000
Totals (of 8 Servings):839.9257.54g25.2g64.72g22.18g0g42.54g
Per Serving:104.997.19g3.15g8.09g2.77g0g5.32g *

Method:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Taste, and adjust with more lemon juice, salt and pepper. I like mine to have a fairly intense lemon flavor, but ... season to your own tastes. Serve!

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Comments

Stephanie, please let me know if you make any tweaks or modications to it. I REALLY wanted to love this. If you can bring back some of the depth and earthiness, let me know what you do! I'm thinking ... less miracle rice and more herbs? Curious to hear your thoughts. Thank you!

 DJ  5/24/2013

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I'm going to have to try this! Being of Lebanese decent, I grew up on this stuff - and it's one of my most missed foods since going low carb. I know it won't be the same, but if I can get the same flavors, I'll be happy!

 Stephanie  5/24/2013

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