Southwest Cauliflower Rice Bowls

 

Cauliflower Rice BowlJust in case I am not the very last person to discover and fall in love with cauliflower rice, I thought I had to post my lunch from today. What? You haven’t tried it either? If you are considering it, you may want to ask yourself two important things: do you like cauliflower and are you interested in getting more plant foods onto your plate? If you answered yes to both, cauliflower rice might be a great option to try! If you do not like cauliflower, it is doubtful you will like cauliflower rice, but it never hurts to try something new. The process is simple…rinse and dry cauliflower, cut into chunks and buzz in your food processor. You can also use a box grater (cheese grater) if you do not have a processor. Cauliflower rice may not work as a substitute for regular rice in all dishes, but works really well here, where the cauliflower is the bed of the rice bowl. And please don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with regular rice. I’m just exploring some lower carbohydrate options, as I just spent a week at Diabetes Training Camp, where a lot of the people that I love are often cautious with their carbohydrate intake. While one cup of white rice contains about 45 grams of carbohydrate, one cup of cauliflower rice contains only 8 grams of carbohydrate. This leaves room to include black beans, other veggies and toppings and even some chips and salsa. I hope you enjoy this as I much as I have!

Southwest Cauliflower Rice Bowls
 
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Recipe type: Lunch or Dinner
Serves: 1 bowl
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cauliflower rice
  • ½ cup cooked, shredded chicken
  • ¼ cup black beans
  • 1 cup baby kale
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 Tablespoons shredded Mexican cheese, such as Sargento Authentic Mexican
  • 2 Tablespoons prepared salsa, such as Frontera Tomatillo Salsa
  • 1 Tablespoon sour cream
  • *Avocado or Guacamole would also be a great topping
Instructions
  1. Place one cup of raw cauliflower rice in a microwavable bowl. Top with chicken, black beans and baby kale and microwave for about 2 minutes, depending on microwave strength. Your goal is to warm up all your ingredients and wilt the kale. Top with cheese, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream and/or guacamole. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bowl Calories: 358 Fat: 12 grams Saturated fat: 6 grams Unsaturated fat: 6 grams Trans fat: 0 grams Carbohydrates: 29 grams Sugar: 8 grams Sodium: 348 mg Fiber: 13 grams Protein: 35 grams Cholesterol: 88 mg