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Cauliflower Risotto

Testimony of the Day:

“Maria, I have struggled with weight loss my entire life since I was six years old and my doctor put me on my first low fat and low calorie diet. I would lose 5 pounds here and there but remained heavy and as a kid it is hard to stay on a restrictive diet because the first time you are allowed anything sweet you eat all that you can because you have been deprived of it for so long. Time passed and when I was in 7th grade my mom decided to try out the Atkins diet that helped me to succeed in my weight loss taking off 60 pounds in about 15 months. I had never felt better and really kept it off until I got my first job at a fast food restaurant when I was seventeen. The weight started coming back after a few too many fries and I was eating fast food nearly everyday at work and gaining despite living an active lifestyle.

The years passed and I steadily gained at 145 pounds and 5’2 my doctor had suggested I start trying to lose weight as my blood sugar was very unbalanced and my blood pressure was abnormally high for a 20 year old. I was starting to have the problems of a 50 year old at the age of 20.

When I was 23 I found out my husband and I were pregnant and I stopped all dieting and ate whatever, whenever and a lot of it. I had a nightmare of a pregnancy being put on bed rest for high blood pressure at 4 months along. At the time of delivery I was 207 pounds. I was so unhealthy and completely miserable fighting off cravings was nearly impossible and my weight had gotten out of control. After the baby and things started to settle I once again reached towards a low carb lifestyle. It was harder this time after consuming so much junk food for years and then go back to low carb eating. At that time I didn’t realize there were low carb desserts and had never heard of my beloved almond flour. Even though I was low carbing during the week, I would allow myself junk food on the weekend needless to say my progress was very slow and disappointing and I fell off the low carb wagon.

In November 2011 after bad blood work revealing I was prediabetic and my blood pressure was once again going up I decided I really had to make a change in my life. I decided that this time I was going to take a different approach to low carb and really seek out recipes so that I wouldn’t feel deprived. Pinterest had just started up at the time so I pinned low carb desserts by a blogger named Maria Emmerich who single handedly changed everything I ever thought about nutrition, dieting, and living a healthy lifestyle. I began buying the ingredients she suggested and making her recipes which left me feeling amazing and satisfied. One month in and I was down 15 pounds! I couldn’t believe it, I was eating all these great foods and losing, I never hit a plateau and even started incorporating exercise into my life. When I first started living the Maria Way I was 170 pounds and one year later I was 115 pounds. I couldn’t believe I had lost 55 pounds in one year! The best part was when I went to the doctor and they didn’t even recognize me, it was the best feeling ever. My doctor was surprised at my appearance but did warn that my blood work may not be any different because the low carb lifestyle promotes high fat (blah, blah, yawn). Well did I prove him wrong, my blood pressure was perfect and my prediabetes was gone. The doctor left saying, “well you have cured yourself you are in perfect health.”

I have been living the Maria Way for nearly two years now and I have never been happier! You have changed my life, the way I look at food and have inspired me more than you could ever know. Everyday I am thankful for you in my life because without you this would not have been possible.” -Amanda

Cauliflower Risotto


We have gotten some amazing feedback on the 30 day meal plan option. One email said “Holy Moly! That included more tips than I thought it would! I certainly see where I went wrong with my grain free/low carb diet before this!” 

But Craig and I are perfectionists, so he helped me add even more detail along with a grocery checklist for each week.

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I love the TV show Hell’s Kitchen. I always wanted to be a chef:) When they make the lobster mascarpone risotto, my mouth starts to water. So here is my healthier version. Enjoy!

If you are a vegetarian, you can omit the lobster. But might I suggest adding oysters? Zinc is a mineral that I find many of my vegetarian and vegan clients to be deficient in. This is problem-some because a zinc deficiency can cause poor blood sugar regulation which leads to extreme cravings for salt or something sweet after a meal, intense PMS symptoms, poor thyroid regulation, poor taste receptors, as well as many other issues. Oysters are filled with zinc! I was visiting with a vegetarian chef in California who claims that they don’t see oysters as an animal and let me explain why:

1. They don’t have a brain

2. They are technically a bi-valve (so are clams and mussels)

3. Oysters can’t feel pain

4. Oyster farming is beneficial not harmful


If you want to watch me make a healthy “risotto” on KARE 11 TV show, click HERE.

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To find this recipe click HERE. 

Craig often likes to go to get “healthifed” sushi (sashimi, no rice) with Micah. While he was there he overheard the sushi chef tell the waiter to try the sushi rice because yesterday someone else made it and it didn’t taste good. He said he adds over 3 quarts of sugar to each batch of rice, which equals to be 34 grams of ADDED sugar per cup of rice! We never eat rice but that sure is another reason not to!

Try my “healthified” sushi instead! Recipes found in The Art of Healthy NEW COMBINED COOKBOOK!

Thank you so much for your love and support!

Cauliflower Risotto

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Cauliflower Risotto


Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Sabrina Kirk says:

    Your TV video link seems to be broken. But the recipe sounds awesome – especially for a displaced New Englander!

  • Chris says:

    This looks great! Can you leave out the cheese?

  • Iris says:

    Hi Maria,
    I’m a follower of your blog and you have been such a saviour!!! My bilirubin level went back to a normal range of 0.8mg/dL from the soaring 2.0 after I ate the ‘Maria’ way!! I have been grateful and a great fan of your site ever since..
    I just did a health screen lately my Total Cholesterol rose to 289mg/dL, HDL 121, LDL 161 and triglycerides 31. Dr. urged for medication usage, no seafood, egg yolks, cheese, coconut milk but I don’t want to be on those drugs and I thought saturated fats are meant to do me good?
    I’m truly desperate for advice. In true belief and respect to your vast knowledge and experience, would you kindly tell me what to do? I’m seriously lost..

    • cemmerich says:

      PLEASE read this.

      It is a three part series. Print it out and give to your doctor (he doesn’t know this either, as most doctors don’t).

      Total cholesterol is a very poor marker for heart disease risk. The LDL-P number is much better (from a NMR LipoProfile test). Also, are much better marker (although not quite as good as LDL-P) is the Triglyceride to HDL ratio. The ideal is less than 2. You are 0.25!! That is amazing!

  • DameLaila says:

    Tried to go to the TV segment~ says: Page Not Found / Something went wrong

  • karen says:


    Link doesn’t work for me, says page not found. I did google search Kare11 TV and found a couple other of her TV appearances. Was very surprised to see in two of the ones I watched Joseph Lavash bread, so I had to google that and wow, did they make you use that? “Water, wheat, gluten, corn starch, flax, oat fiber, whole wheat flour, oat bran, isolated soy protein, soy flour, soy oil, sesame flour, salt, sodium acid pyrophosphate, dextrose, sodium bicarbonate, calcium propionate (a preservative), fumaric acid, potassium sorbate, monodiglycerides, sucralose, sodium metabisulfite, yeast.” Thanks for saying you don’t eat anything out of a box! Also, thanks for teaching us all to look at the list of ingredients!

    • cemmerich says:

      The link is fixed now.

      That was several years ago and I definitely don’t recommend those anymore. I am always educating myself and learning and applying that to what I teach. 🙂

  • Iris says:

    Hi Craig,
    Thank you for your prompt response and directing me to those posts!! Everything seems to fall apart when dr. asks me to go back to low / non fat to lower my cholesterol…

  • Glenys says:

    Found the link to this show a few weeks back and made the risotto that night with good Aussie prawns. Oh my, this dish is so tasty and my hubby, who is slowly changing his eating habits, really enjoyed it too. Thanks for another wonderful dish.

  • kelli says:

    miracle rice. what is your experience with it? and, is it worth the money?

  • Caroline says:

    Maria, LOVE this recipe! Keep up your awesome work and help!!
    Thank you!

  • Eliza says:

    Hi Maria, is the measurement for 1/2 cup langostino correct? it seems very little. Thanks!

    • cemmerich says:

      That is how much this risotto calls for, but your are welcome to add more to make it into more of a main dish. 🙂

  • Jennifer says:

    Delicious!! Quick and super easy to make.

  • Betsy says:

    Can’t wait to try this!!!

  • LeeAnn says:

    Maria, I tried part of this recipe, making a risotto-type dish to use as a side for a Tuscan Chicken recipe for my parents. O…M…G…it was creamy and soft, perfect with the acidity of a tomato sauce…. and the best thing is that they had no idea it was cauliflower! Very tasty!

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