This morning after heading for my morning workout I turned on my TV to see there may be a possible visitor making her way toward the Florida coast….Hurricane Irene.  It is the first hurricane that has come close to threatening South Florida for several years.  It’s actually the first to possibly threaten us since we had the girls too.  A lot can happen in the next few days but all thoughts and careful eyes are on what Ms. Irene will bring and if she may make a visit to South Florida.  Fingers are crossed she stays out to sea where she belongs.  In the meantime we are all preparing for the worse.  Grocery store here I come!  Batteries….check….Water….check….Flashlights….check….

Before I head off to prepare, I have to tell you about this Salmon….I’m in love with it.  I’ve made it several times.  It’s a great balance between sweet and spicy.  It’s really a quick and easy recipe too.  Most of the time I marinate the fish all day then I pop the salmon in the oven and within 15 to 20 minutes dinner is ready.  And I can’t leave you without talking about this cauliflower rice….I know scary thought….cauliflower as rice?  Since going Paleo I’ve had to come up with alternatives to side dishes (it’s actually been quite fun).  This cauliflower rice had now become a favorite in my house.  The hubby was actually pleasantly surprised how good it was, he continued to clean his plate after the first time we had it.  The best part about the rice is you can add different spices to change it up.  Or just keep it simple with no spices at all.  Your choice….which is always fun to me.  And let me tell you, I have since made cauliflower mash and it’s my new obsession. I hope to share that recipe with you soon.  I had to test it this weekend to make sure it was good enough to share.  And just thinking about it makes me want to jump in the kitchen and make another batch. Yum!  Ok back to this dish, you could serve any sides of choice with the salmon.   We happen to serve it with the cauliflower rice and grilled zucchini.  It was yummy and is now one of my quick go to Paleo dishes.

Enjoy!  And hopefully I’ll see you back here soon….all depending on what Irene decides to do out there in the Atlantic.  I’m really hoping she doesn’t come knocking on our door. Fingers crossed!

Salmon with Sweet Spicy Rub

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1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

4 – 5 ounce wild salmon fillets


Combine the maple syrup, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper in a small bowl.  Brush salmon with 1 tablespoon of the spice mixture, coating the top of the fish.  Continue to brush the remaining salmon fillets.  Place fish on a plate and wrap with plastic wrap and allow to sit in refrigerator for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375.  Place salmon on a prepared baking sheets.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until salmon is cooked to desired.

Cauliflower Rice

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4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (or coconut oil)

1 medium onion, diced

1 cup celery, diced

1 teaspoon garlic, minced

1 head cauliflower, trimmed and coarsely chopped

1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped

1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper


In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat.

Sauté onion over medium heat for 10 minutes, or until soft.  Add celery and garlic to skillet and sauté for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, place cauliflower in a food processor.  Process until the texture of rice.  Add cauliflower, thyme, and rosemary, cover and cook 5-10 minutes, until soft.  Then add salt and pepper to taste.

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20 Responses to Salmon with Sweet Spicy Rub and Cauliflower Rice

  1. Wow- this looks absolutely gorgeous! Perfect for a late summer evening :) I love all of the composition of your photos.

  2. MDelicious says:

    Oh wow! Thanks so much Meaghan for your sweet comment. Honestly, I don’t know what I’m doing when it comes to the photo’s. I’m just learning from some of the other fabulous food bloggers out there. :)

  3. Jenn Baker says:

    I forwarded this recipe to my mom yesterday. She is trying to eat less meat and more fish. She’s going to try your recipe this week.

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  5. sharon says:

    Cauliflower rice is AMAZING!

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  11. Kat says:

    Hi! LOVE replacing rice with cauliflower – great flavor. I can barely tell I’m NOT indulging in a carb! BUT: I’m having trouble processing the cauliflower into the texture of rice in my food processor. I’ve tried raw, and slightly cooked, but it jams up my food processor – I make a huge mess removing the chunks of cauliflower that haven’t been reduced, scooping that which has into the rest of the recipe, then putting the chunks of cauliflower back into the food processor to finish the job. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!!

  12. MDelicious says:

    Hi Kat!
    I experience that same when trying to process the whole cauliflower head at a time. I would suggesting processing the cauliflower in batches. This has been the best outcome for me lately. :) Hope this helps!

  13. Susan says:

    I made this meal the other night and it was AMAZING! My 5 yr old was totally impressed w/the “rice” :) He is my “foodie”…that is by far my new fav way to eat cauliflower! We eat salmon quite a bit, but I was looking for new marinades and this fit the bill. The two go great together! Thanks. Love your recipes!

  14. I can’t buy maple syrup easily in the netherlands, any idea what i could replace it with ?

  15. MDelicious says:

    Do you have honey? That would be a great option.

  16. Karina says:

    What if you don’t have a food processor, could you possibly use a blender?

  17. MDelicious says:

    Hi Karina, You can try putting the cauliflower in the blender to process. I would suggest doing it in a couple batches though. I’m worried if you dumped all the cauliflower in it won’t break it up evenly.

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  19. Regina says:

    the lady who asked about the Cauliflower rice recipe, wanted to know if she could put cauliflower into blender, as she doesn’t have food processor. I used to chop coleslaw in my blender small amount at a time with water in the blender. It worked fine in small batches, straining water from the cauliflower and adding more cauliflower and water. Hope this helps.

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