Is it just me, or is there something about eating out of a bowl that is just the best thing ever?
Ever since I was a kid I’ve always preferred the bowl life. I think it has something to do with the fact that I also like when food is all “messed” together instead of in a neat little arrangement on a plate.
Unless we’re talking tacos. Or pizza. You know what I mean.
Anyway, on a recent trip to Miami I got this chicken fajita bowl while I was poolside at Fontainebleau, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it when I got home the next day. I’ve also been trying to eat a little cleaner (AKA Paleo/grain-free/low in carbs), and I thought – wow, that would be SO easy to recreate.
And YAY, it totally was.
The real game changer for me here was finding pre-packaged cauliflower rice. Call me lazy, but making that stuff on your own is a total pain in the ass (and super messy). My local grocery store carries it pre-riced, as does Fresh Direct, and I know Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods do as well. Clearly cauli rice is like, totes popular right now.
My basic preparation of the cauliflower rice looks like this:
- Preheat a large nonstick pan to medium heat.
- Spray the pan with non-stick spray.
- Throw in the cauliflower rice, spray it again with non-stick spray, and stir around.
- Add seasoning of your choice. I usually always do salt, black pepper, and garlic powder, but tend to mix it up depending on what toppings I’m adding.
- This is optional, but usually I’ll add about a tablespoon of butter or ghee midway through to add some extra flavor and moisture.
- Let it cook for 5-10 minutes or until the cauliflower rice becomes almost transparent. Stir it frequently so it cooks through evenly.
Easy enough, right? Like I said, you can get more creative with the seasoning you use. When I’m feeling really fancy I’ll sauté some garlic and onions first, then add the cauliflower rice to cook with it.
Chicken Fajita Power “Rice” Bowl
This Chicken Fajita Power Bowl was topped with shredded chicken, black beans, grape tomatoes, red onions, and avocado.
Then I got to thinking, why not use this method as a base for all sorts of delicious healthy bowls? With a cauliflower rice base, the possibilities are endless. Different meats, beans, vegetables, sauces…this gal has entered into a new realm of bowl heaven, you guys.
Paleo Shrimp BLT Power “Rice” Bowl
Most recently another Power Bowl inspired by my trip to Miami is this Paleo Shrimp BLT “Rice” Bowl. The base is my cauliflower rice with onions and spinach (the “lettuce”) topped with with grilled shrimp, crispy bacon, grape tomatoes, sliced avocado, and Chipotle Aioli (I followed this easy recipe from Bon Appetit).
Low Carb Breakfast Power “Rice” Bowl
For this bowl I added spinach and a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese to the cauli rice and it got soooo creamy and delicious! Then I topped it with a fried egg, crumbled bacon, and sliced avocado.
This bowl was UN. REAL. I had it for breakfast post-workout and it was perfect because it was super filling and full of protein + healthy fats to fuel me throughout the day.