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By April 4, 2013November 11th, 2022Appetizer and Sides, Main Dish, Nutrition Education



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



One staple that every cook should have in their fridge is Fish Sauce. It is a special ingredient that risottotakes good food to amazing food. Fish Sauce, mushrooms and aged cheeses have something called “UMAMI.” Umami is a pleasant savory taste produced by glutamate and ribonucleotides, chemicals which occur naturally in many foods. Umami is subtle and not generally identified by people when they encounter it, but blends well with other tastes to intensify and enhance flavors; it plays an important role in making food taste delicious. Red Boat brand is traditionally fermented, not with wheat like most others. This bottle will last you a LONG time – you only use a few drops per dish, it’s strong stuff!

FYI: Trader Joe’s has a great price on scallops!


1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
2 TBS fresh lime juice
4 tsp fresh ginger, grated
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1 tsp fish sauce
2 TBS cilantro
2 TBS minced green onions, divided
4 cups cauliflower, into “rice” (OR MIRACLE RICE IF YOU WANT TO KEEP PURE PROTEIN/FAT)
1 lb of scallops
2 tsp coconut oil (or 2 tsp butter)
Celtic sea salt and pepper

SAUCE: In a medium skillet, combine first 6 ingredients and boil until sauce thickens slightly and is reduced to generous 3/4 cup, 8 to 9 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in cilantro and green onions. Season with salt and pepper.

“RICE”: Place the cauliflower heads into a food processor (click HERE to find the one I use), pulse until small pieces of ‘rice.’  Saute “rice” in a few tsp coconut oil until soft. Set on a plate and cover with sauce.

Scallops: Rinse with cold water and thoroughly pat dry. Add the oil to a 12 to 14-inch saute pan on high heat. Salt and pepper the scallops. Once the oil begins to smoke, gently add the scallops, making sure they are not touching each other. Sear the scallops for 1 1/2 minutes on each side. The scallops should have a 1/4-inch golden crust on each side while still being translucent in the center. Serve immediately over cauliflower risotto or Miracle Rice. Makes 4 servings.

Traditional Risotto: 449 calories, 20g fat, 23g protein, 45 carbs, 2g fiber
“Healthified” Risotto: 305 calories, 19g fat, 23g protein, 12 carbs, 4g fiber


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  • I love this post and the recipe sounds amazing. When you make your “rice”, do you cook the cauliflower before putting it in the food processor?

  • Saundra says:

    Maria, this looks really good. We don’t have a Trader Joes here, so I may have to substitute the seafood. The risotto looks wonderful. Now to get enough energy to stand in the kitchen long enough to cook! I suffer with fibro, chronic fatigue, Epstein Barr, Hashimotos, sjogrens, celiac. I’ve worked to improve my health for many years, so I’m not whining because I am better than I was. I usually can only do one thing each day though. I already worked in my yard for a little while trimming the die off from my perennials. I’m sitting here exhausted now. So well have to eat something very simple for dinner tonight. 🙂
    Thanks for this recipe and your wonderful website. I’ll plan on this tomorrow!

  • sue sherry says:

    As always, Maria you are spot on. I am thankful everday for you !

  • Kelly says:

    My favorite meal, so far, from the advanced 30 day meal plan. So delicious!

  • Jon in Maine says:

    This was an excellent meal. We will certainly make it again. Shouldn’t the sauce directions be, combine the first 5 ingredients? Not 6 as it states to add the cilantro after.

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