Tomato Basil Cauliflower Rice with Feta

By Friday, June 17, 2016

Last week there were a few days when it was a tad chilly out; the type of weather that has me craving soup or chili, which in June is not quite right. I looked into my fridge, spotted my cauliflower, leftover grilled chicken and decided a cauliflower rice was on the menu. Then I realized I was out of soy sauce. I had to switch gears, a trip to the store was not going to happen.

I heard about a website where you can input your ingredients and it will give you a recipe, however, I couldn’t recall the name. I jumped onto Pinterest and began looking for it. Well, one thing led to another and before too long I was looking at a recipe for Italian-style cauliflower rice. Why hadn’t I thought about that? After perusing the blogger’s recipe, I realized I was missing a few of her key ingredients but had the inspiration I needed.

Tomato Basil Cauliflower Rice

Tomato Basil Cauliflower Rice

Adapted from Blissful Basil.


  • 1 head of cauliflower, washed and trimmed into florets
  • 1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes - no salt added
  • 1/3 cup of roasted red pepper, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 heaping cups of baby spinach - roughly chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • handful of fresh basil, chopped
  • feta for garnish
  • grilled chicken - sliced


  1. Pulse cauliflower florets in a food processor until resemble the size of rice. Alternatively, you can use your grater to grate the cauliflower into rice-sized pieces. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Once pre-heated, add all ingredients except spinach, fresh basil, feta and chicken. Stir to combine.
  4. Cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Add spinach and cook for another 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat, add fresh basil.
  7. Serve in bowls, topped with chicken and feta.


The outcome was superb. Wizz and I gobbled it up. The kids were less enthused, they played their classic – what is this foreign dish you have put in front of me – card. I serve them a new dish multiple times before I accept their rejection of it.

When I ate it the next day for lunch it tasted even better.

To cauliflower rice!


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