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.
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
- 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.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
- Once pre-heated, add all ingredients except spinach, fresh basil, feta and chicken. Stir to combine.
- Cook for 10 minutes.
- Add spinach and cook for another 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat, add fresh basil.
- 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!