Don’t know what to call this meal other than a protein bowl.
So I had a bell pepper I needed to use, some ground turkey that need to be used, and I could not find riced cauliflower at my local store. Some of our shipping is being affected by Covid-19. I am not complaining. I am just stating the facts here in the part of the U.S.A. I live in.
I did not want to risk exposure by going to many different stores just to find it. So I had a wild hair, a idea that was tickling the back of my mind. I can’t find riced cauliflower, what if I take frozen cauliflower and put it in my blender. Can I get it to a riced consistency then? What will happen if I try it? At worst it is a weird texture but we can still eat it. What the heck.
So I did just that. I stuck two 12 oz bags of cauliflower in my blender and hit pulse. It was really loud and when I first opened the lid I thought well we have shaved cauliflower. It looked a lot like shaved ice on top of the blender. I chalked it up to a learning experience and continued on with the meal. After all I had to get dinner on the table.
I even poured it out on the cooked meat and it still looked like shaved cauliflower. But when I stirred it in to my surprise there it was it looked like riced cauliflower. It was a success. Yay!
So now if you cannot find riced cauliflower, you can buy frozen and pulse it in the blender it yourself. Buying pre-riced is more expensive than just buying frozen cauliflower.
I have also tried it the traditional way with fresh cauliflower and a box grater. That was not as fun, messy (it got everywhere), and not nearly as fast.
Enough of the gabbing here is the recipe. Full of protein, light on carbs, and light on fat.
Riced Cauliflower Protein Bowl
yield 4 servings
- 1 bag of frozen cauliflower- riced in blender
- 1 lbs of ground turkey
- 1 to 2 yellow or any colored bell pepper- chopped
- 1 onion chopped
- Salt and pepper
- Vidalia Onion bulbs caramelized
- Multi colored quinoa – cooked per instructions on package
- 1 clove of garlic, or 2 tsp of granulated garlic
- Get your quinoa started cooking. I add the onion top (the part you throw away) to the pot to add some flavor.
- Saute chopped onion, pepper, garlic. After they are softened add ground turkey.
- Using the blender or a food processor, rice your frozen cauliflower. Add that to your cooked meat mixture. Saute till your cauliflower is cooked. Frozen cauliflower is par cooked so you just need to make sure everything is heated through.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Caramelize onion bulbs
- Plate up, quinoa on bottom, meat mixture, garnish, and then I top with some hot sauce you prefer. I like Sriracha. But use what you like.
Calories 472.25, Fat 27.85g, Fiber 6.97g, Carbs 32.02g, Sodium 541.6mg, Protein 26.95g
I hope you like this. It has been a while since I put up a recipe post. I have been super busy. But during this time of pandemic, sometimes we have to figure out how to work around what we normally use.
This was a happy successful fix. I told my family when I was making this that dinner might be weird, but it would be food. It worked out great.
Not to mention it is healthy, low in fat, and full of protein.
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