Chicken Taco Bowls w/ Mexican Cauliflower Rice
Is it just me or is cauliflower the total it-veggie this year? I'm seeing it everywhere and in all forms - cauliflower crust pizza (I've been meaning to try that out), roasted cauliflower, cauli rice . . . you name it. I've been buying it every single week lately, especially because the one's at the farmers market are ginormous (but cheap!) right now, and I usually chop it into florets and roast it up in the oven with olive oil, salt, and pepper until it's golden and crunchy. I was almost tempted to go my normal roasting route, when I remembered a photo my friend Hillary had sent me of her Mexican Cauliflower Rice. I got inspired and decided to spice up our dinner plans with Chicken Taco Bowls. Ohh man . . . I am so glad I did because now cauliflower rice is my new best friend. I'm already planning on making it again tomorrow for an Asian stirfry instead of my usual brown rice or quinoa. It's FILLING, satisfying, majorly healthy, and to be honest, I forgot I was eating cauliflower . . . I didn't even miss the carbs AT ALL. I've been trying to make our dinners more low-carb lately (6 months and counting until our wedding!) and this recipe is perfect because first of all, it's a big bowl packed with protein and veggies, and secondly, it's freaking delicious. I'm going to start making this every week - Cauli Rice Taco Bowl Tuesdays has a nice ring to it, right? By the way, Mitch wolfed down his Taco Bowl without even mentioning the "rice", and he was totally stuffed afterwards . . . all 6'3 of him . . . so I'm proud to say that this dinner is totally MAN APPROVED! Side note - One of my greatest joys in life is to make something that's sneakily healthy and not tell people what it really is until after they eat it. Like when a friend finishes off one of my Secret-Ingredient Blondies, then I'll tell them "guess what... that was made almost entirely of beans!" Or "Hey Mitch... that giant bowl of Mexican rice you just polished off . . . that was actually cauliflower." Ha! It's just so satisfying. Oh life's simple pleasures.
Another beautiful thing about this recipe - the whole meal cost less than $15 (including good quality organic ground chicken) and it makes FOUR heaping servings. Cha. Ching.
Alright let's get on with it - here's how you're going to make your new favorite dinner:
1/2 head of cauliflower - chopped into florets
1 package organic ground chicken
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 frozen garlic cubes - or chopped cloves
1/2 white onion - diced
1 can black beans - drained and rinsed
1 cup corn
1/2 can fire-roasted (or plain, diced) tomatoes
1 medium avocado - cubed
Pico de gallo - for topping
Fresh cilantro - for garnish
1 1/2 tbsp chili powder - 1 tbsp for chicken, 1/2 for rice
Dash red pepper flakes - or more if you like it spicy!
1 tsp oregano - 1/2 for chicken, 1/2 for rice
1 1/2 tsp cumin - 1 tsp for chicken, 1/2 for rice
Dash of paprika - for chicken and rice
Salt and pepper to taste
This is such an easy weeknight dinner and a total winner for your man, your friends, your family, or your kids. It's less than 30 minutes for the whole meal and you'll be completely satisfied and full afterwards - no carb withdrawals, I promise! Try it out and let me know how much you loved it!
4/30/2014 05:20:30 am
INSANE. I was just coming to your website to look for a cauliflower rice recipe since you have never led me wrong (hello, zucchini noodles -- NEW FAVORITE THING), and here it is! THE TIMING. I'm extra-thrilled that this is a chicken-and-cauliflower rice recipe since that was my second ingredient for tonight's dinner!
4/30/2014 08:12:14 am
Yay Jackie!! I am so happy! I hope you love it. Let me know! And yes the zucchini noodles are my go-to for din too!
4/20/2015 12:20:43 am
Hi how are you? Looooove your site!!! Wish you posted more but I understand we all have lives. Hahaha :) Anyways I don't need to cook/steam the cauliflower before hand? I'm making this tonight.
4/22/2015 09:18:26 am
Hi Bonnie! No need to cook the cauli before, just pulse it through the food processor and then cook it on the stove. Enjoy!
8/25/2015 11:36:51 am
Did you take the cauliflower rice off the stove once it was heated through? I was cautious about cooking until it was just heated through and then continued on low heat until all of the rest of the ingredients were added, but the rice came out mushy :(
8/31/2015 10:58:24 am
Hi Amy! Sometimes the cauliflower rice can come out a little mushy since its ground pretty fine... I am careful just to cook it until it's heated through and then I add everything else to it. Even when it's a bit soft, it still tastes good once it's all mixed together!
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