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Cajun Cauliflower Rice Bowl

See all those pretty colors? That’s delicious flavor and amazing nutrition!

I’m always trying to come up with new ways to get a nutritious dinner on the table fast. If everyone in the house enjoys it, then I have a real winner. This recipes satisfies those criteria.

All of a sudden, my daughter is in a really picky eating phase. She doesn’t want to eat breakfast (she asks for donuts every single day as if that is even an option!), she does ok for lunch (see this post for what my kids typically eat for that meal), but at dinner, she picks at everything – unless it’s Family Fun Night and pizza or chicken fingers are on the menu. She actually gives this dish a thumbs up because she loves the sausage. Picky daughter eats her bowl with white rice rather than cauliflower and doesn’t want any of the sauce. This is a-okay with me though because she’s getting tons of nutrition with all those vegetables. Which brings me to another reason why I like this dish and others like it – it can satisfy a lot of different preferences:

  • Regular rice or cauliflower rice
  • Sauce or no sauce
  • Add cheese or leave out the cheese
  • Use real cream or keep it Paleo and Whole 30 with coconut milk
  • Add more spice or less spice

If this recipe has too much chopping for you to get dinner on the table quickly, consider chopping all your veggies on the weekend. I’ve heard that people love the pre-chopped onions you can find in the freezer aisle. I’ve never tried them so can’t speak to that, but I do know that if you chop all your onions ahead of time, it’s kind of tricky to contain that smell. So if that’s an issue for you, give the frozen ones a try.

BUT – what I do and what I think works best is just chop one thing, add it to the pan, chop the next, add it to the pan, etc. and it goes very quickly. And of course, the more chopping you do, the faster chopper you’ll become. Dishes like this are not persnickety. Is that even a real word? You don’t have to be particular with your chopping and the timing isn’t exact. Just get it all in the pan, get everything slightly browned, make the sauce and serve it up.

I hope you and your whole gang enjoy this one!

Cajun Cauliflower Rice Bowl
Print Recipe
So full of flavor, so full of veggies...so good and so good for you!
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Cajun Cauliflower Rice Bowl
Print Recipe
So full of flavor, so full of veggies...so good and so good for you!
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil.
  2. Dice sausage into approximately quarter inch cubes and add to skillet.
  3. Start chopping your veggies and add them in with the sausage as you get them chopped. Start with the onion. Next add the bell peppers and celery. Let this cook for about five minutes before adding the garlic and zucchini.
  4. Season with Cajun Spice Blend*. Stir and cook until the meat and veggies have all begun to brown a bit.
  5. If you're into multi-tasking, get the sauce going at the same time. You can also wait until all the veggies are in the skillet cooking away and then start the sauce.
  6. Add tomatoes, cream, seasonings and cheese to a saucepan over medium to medium-low heat and stir occasionally. When the sauce it hot through and the cheese is melted, it's ready.
  7. If you're using regular rice, get that cooking before you start the meat and veggies. If you're using cauliflower rice (which is what I recommend), you can cook that in a skillet separately or add it right in with your meat and vegetables.
  8. In my house, we like to keep the rice separate so I cook my cauliflower rice like this: Heat a large skillet over medium high heat, add a couple teaspoons of avocado oil or ghee, allow that to melt then add the cauliflower rice. Stir and cook for about 10 minutes until the rice just begins to brown. Season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
Recipe Notes

Find the recipe for my Cajun Spice Blend here. 

You can find a lot of Cajun spice blends at the grocery store and feel free to use one fo those, but read the ingredients. Many include MSG, corn starch, sugar and LOTS of salt. 

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