Grain Free"Rice" Bowls and Other Super Bowl Snacks

Paleo Rice Bowl as Super Bowl Snacks
Paleo Rice Bowl as Super Bowl Snacks

So you're eating Paleo or maybe, Gluten-Free. How does that work for Super Bowl Snacks?  I created this delicious Paleo "Rice" Bowl for starters, but I will also point you to some of my favorite Super Bowl Worthy snacks that are either Gluten-Free, Paleo Friendly or both.

How does this "rice" work into Super Bowl Snacks?

First off, this "rice". I wasn't a believer at first.

I mean it's cauliflower.

Yep, I will just get that out there in the open. I don't like the idea of hiding vegetables and though I was tempted to when I served this to my family the other night, I chose to practice the integrity that I preach to my sons.

Here is a tutorial on it that you can see the step-by-step version. I mean why recreate the wheel when Kiersten has done a fabulous job and I can introduce you to another great blog. It's an easy thing to do, especially if you own a food processor. If you don't you can use the biggest holes on a box grater. (If you don't have one of those, I would suggest you make a trip to Target or Bed Bath and Beyond because I use both of these things regularly and they make life so simple!)

After that, you just saute the "rice" in a little coconut oil, butter or grapeseed oil until it is just wilted then use for any recipe that you need to serve "on a bed of rice". I have even used this to make risotto.

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So how does this rice bowl translate into part of a Super Bowl spread? Make them mini - divide the "rice" and beans among clear plastic serving cups or 8 oz mason jars and layer with all of the toppings. This is a great way to promote healthy eating and bring the Tablavie mindset into your Super Bowl day. You might even convert some people to the idea that eating veggies isn't so bad, right?

More grain-free Super Bowl Snacks from websites I love

Ok, so here are some of my other favorite ideas for Super Bowl snacks that keep you on the gluten- and/or grain-free straight and narrow:

Grain-Free "Rice" Bowls

This is my mostly paleo (leave out optional ingredients) take on a naked Chipotle burrito bowl. Sub jicama for corn to make a similar fresh salsa.


Salsa Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 cups prepared salsa (no sugar added)

½ cup chicken broth

Sea salt and pepper to taste

Charred Corn Salsa, optional

1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels

1/2 shallot, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 jalapeno, seeded and minced (leave seeds in for more heat)

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Juice of 1 lime

Remaining Ingredients

6 cups Cauliflower Rice

2 cups black beans, warmed, optional

1 cup of your favorite guacamole

Greek yogurt or sour cream, optional

Shredded cheddar cheese, optional

Your favorite salsa

Fresh limes, quartered

Shredded lettuce, chopped cilantro, sliced radishes, quartered grape tomatoes as garnish


Salsa Chicken

  1. Place the chicken, salsa and broth in a baking dish and cook for 20-30 minutes until chicken is no longer pink and easy to pull apart. Shred with two forks.
  2. For more tender chicken, cook for 4-6 hours in a slow cooker or for 15 minutes in Instant Pot with slow release or 20 minutes with quick relase. Shred with two forks.

Charred Corn Salsa

  1. In a heavy skillet (cast-iron works the best) over high heat, cook the corn kernels stirring frequently until they are charred on all sides. This will happen fast so no multitasking! :)
  2. Once the corn is charred, mix with the other ingredients and season to taste with sea salt.

Remaining Ingredients

  1. Heat avocado or olive oil in a large skillet until shimmering. Add the cauliflower rice and cook without stirring for a few minutes until the cauliflower starts to brown. Gently toss and let sit again until the moisture has mostly cooked out and all the “rice” is starting to turn golden. Remove from heat immediately.
  2. In each serving bowl, layer one quarter of the rice and chicken then make separate piles of the remaining ingredients. If you are serving this as part of a Super Bowl spread, you could layer the ingredients in small clear plastic cups or 8 oz mason jars and set out with spoons.


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