Cauliflower Jambalaya is a One-Skillet, Plant-Based, Low-Carb Meal


To celebrate Mardi Gras, we’re sharing a popular Southern dish, with some very healthy twists. This plant-based cauliflower jambalaya has Cajun spirit, but unlike classic versions, it’s vegan, grain-free, and low-carb. It can also be thrown together in 30 minutes or less! The recipe is a sample from the book Detoxelicious: Easy Soul Food Inspired 10-Day Detox Cleanse Recipes and Fitness for Super Busy People by Dena Dodd Perry.

Cauliflower Jambalaya Recipe - Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Grain-Free and Healthy! Optionally Paleo.

Cauliflower Jambalaya is a One-Skillet, Plant-Based, Low-Carb Meal

This recipe is a good representative of Detoxelicious, since all of Dena’s recipes are designed to be dairy-free, sugar-free, grain-free, meat-free, and low-carb. She combines nutritious food with lifestyle, health, and fitness guidance. Readers can enjoy daily mindfulness exercises, such as yoga movements and breath work, along with a wealth of healthy recipes for her 10-day detox plan.

Not-Yo-Mama’s Collard Greens - Vegan Collard Greens Recipe for Health and ProsperityHere are just a few examples of the recipes you will find in Dena’s first book.

  • Berry Strawberry Smoothie
  • Not-Yo-Mama’s Collard Greens
  • Gentle Lentil Vegetable Soup
  • Beyond Cheeseburga! Cheeseburga!
  • Vegan Barbecue Chicken Pizza
  • Hot Buffalo Cauliflower
  • Hip-Hoppin’ John Black-Eyed Peas
  • African Fire Vegetarian Chili
  • Cauli-Jambalaya Skillet (recipe below!)

Cauliflower Jambalaya Recipe - Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Grain-Free and Healthy! Optionally Paleo.

Special Diet Notes: Cauliflower Jambalaya

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, vegetarian, top food allergy-friendly, low carb, and optionally paleo-friendly.

Cauliflower Jambalaya Skillet (Plant-Based & Gluten-Free)
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For an even faster dish, some stores sell pre-packed cauliflower rice packets.
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 to 6 servings
  • 1 (2-pound) head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into small florets (7 to 8 cups)
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound vegan Spanish chorizo (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can whole tomatoes with juice, crushed
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1⁄4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon coconut liquid aminos (can sub soy sauce or tamari)
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  1. Using a food processor fitted with a metal blade, pulse cauliflower in batches until reduced to the size of large grains; you should have about 4 packed cups.
  2. In a large, deep skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add the vegan chorizo and cook until sizzling and golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chorizo to a large plate.
  3. Return the skillet to medium-high heat. Add the cauliflower and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add the onion and sauté, scraping up any browned bits, until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and sauté 1 minute more. Stir in the stock, tomatoes, and saffron and bring just to a boil.
  4. Scatter the chorizo over top of skillet contents. Reduce the heat to medium, cover, and cook until thickened and fragrant about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the peas, parsley, and coconut aminos. Serve immediately, with lemon wedges on the side.
Recipe and Photo reprinted with permission from Detoxelicious by Dena Dodd Perry; Balboa Press/2019.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅙ recipe Calories: 310 Fat: 19.8g Saturated fat: 1.1g Carbohydrates: 24.7g Sugar: 10.6g Fiber: 22.8g Protein: 14.7g

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. The cauliflower jambalaya recipe sounds delicious. Is there somewhere I can find the calorie/net carb information?

    • The calories and net carbs will rely heavily on what you use for the chorizo. Without the chorizo, and with 3 tablespoons oil, the dish has 145 calories, 7.4g fat, 17.8g carbs, 6.3g fiber, 7.9g sugars (0g added sugar), and 5.1g protein per serving, with 6 servings. Above, I used soyrizo to calculate the nutrition facts, which adds significantly to the calorie count.

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