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Paleo “Tabbouleh”

By April 19, 2011May 31st, 2020Main Dish, Vegetarian


Phone Client Testimony: “Thank you. Since our Monday start, I’m down 5 pounds, Katie is down 3 (she just got her period last night). Her face is clearing up nicely we stopped the topical after speaking with you!” Jenn W.

Paleo Tabbouleh

Phone Client Testimony: “I have been following Maria closely for a couple of years now.  I adapted over time to her grain-free/sugar-free lifestyle.  It definitely didn’t happen overnight for me, but within the time it became an easy habit.  Last August I decided to purchase a package with Maria because I still felt there was a major missing link to my healing.  I knew I was eating pretty good, but I was still having a lot of issues: depression, anxiety, major cravings, sleep issues, a few extra pounds, etc.  I felt like there was something off with my hormones so that is what led me to purchase the package with Maria.  Once I purchased the package Maria sent me a long questionnaire to fill out online.  By the next day, she had gotten back to me with a detailed list of supplements to be taking. She also recommended some blood work to have done to test for deficiencies, etc. I ordered the supplements that day (warning-not cheap but so worth it!). I also started eating according to the meal plan she sent, which made it so easy.

I am not exaggerating when I say that I felt improvements almost instantly. Within the first week, I felt like a new person. I wasn’t completely “cured” but I was well on my way. 

It has now been almost 5 months since I contacted Maria. I am off meds for depression, I sleep so much better, and my anxiety is pretty much gone. I feel happier and more at peace now than I have in years.  My sleep still continues to improve. For me, that was the thing that took the longest to change. I went from sleeping about 4 hours a night and now I am up to between 7-8 each night. For me that is awesome!  I still hope to reach a full 8 hours or more on a consistent basis, and I think I will get there soon.

I would have to say working with Maria is the best money I have ever spent. Mentally and emotionally I am at the best place I have ever been in my life.  I am a better wife and mother in so many ways.  I didn’t realize how debilitating my anxiety and depression were until I started feeling good.  I wake up happy every day now!  I could never put a price on that. -Cami

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 Paleo Tabbouleh


Another question I am frequently asked is about wild rice. Yes, it is gluten-free, but for those with a damaged gut (leaky gut) or a damaged metabolism or anyone who wants to become keto-adapted, it is way too high in carbs. It is disturbing to find that 60% of adults never completely heal from the celiac disease despite following a gluten-free diet.[53] It has been found that only 8% of adult patients with celiac disease eating a gluten-free diet reached “normalization,” where their intestines completely Paleo Tabboulehrecovered. However, there is new research that may help people with celiac for good! Researcher Alessio Fasano, M.D. has been on the leading edge of recent autoimmune and celiac disease exploration. In 2011, he published a paper titled “Leaky Gut and Autoimmune Diseases” which presented a new theory that suggests prevention and reversal of autoimmune disease is possible.

Read more about healing autoimmune diseases and celiac in my new book Keto-Adapted.

We all know that sugar is bad, but we mistakenly believe complex carbohydrates are healthy and we need to eat them in abundance. BUT what if I told you that “Complex carbohydrates” and “Whole Grains” are just glucose molecules hooked together in a long chain; the digestive tract breaks it down into glucose…also known as sugar. So a “complex carb” diet and a “sugary” diet are pretty much the same things.

Add your favorite protein and it is a quick meal. Craig liked it more than he thought…he took the leftovers for lunch the next day. Are you a visual learner like I am?


Southwestern “Tabbouleh”

3 cups cauliflower
1/4 cup coconut oil or butter
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup sliced red onion
3/4 cup diced tomato
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1/2 cup diced yellow bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped peeled avocado
1/4 cup diced seeded peeled cucumber
1/4 cup (1 oz) crumbled queso fresco
2 TBS fresh lemon juice
2 TBS fresh lime juice
2 tsp diced seeded jalapeño pepper (optional)
3/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp ground allspice
1 garlic clove, minced
Dash of hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)

“RICE”: Place the cauliflower heads into a food processor (click HERE to find the one I use), pulse until small pieces of ‘rice.’ Place the cauliflower rice in a frying pan with oil and stir fry until tender. Add cilantro and remaining ingredients; toss well. Fry for another 3-5 minutes to let the flavors soak into the cauliflower and enjoy! Makes 4 servings.

Traditional Tabbouleh = 690 calories, 19g fat, 16g protein, 111.5 carbs, 7g fiber
“Healthified” Tabbouleh = 229 calories, 17g fat, 5.5g protein, 13g carbs, 5.4g fiber

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.".


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