Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice - Low Carb, Easy Veggie Side-Dish

I'm always looking for new ways to eat veggies! I'm a salad girl, through and through. But, even though I love salads - they get OLD after a while! Even when you mix things up with recipes like my recently-posted 21 Day Fix-Approved Greek Inspired Salad, sometimes you just want something a little bit different!

That's why I love this recipe so much!

It was one of those things where you stumble on multiple things and then go - "Hmmmm I wonder if this would work together?!" and then you try it and you find yourself shouting "Holy shit! This is great!" and sharing it with everyone you know. 

Ya - that happened!

I saw a guy on YouTube meal prep cauliflower rice and then shortly after saw a recipe for cilantro lime chicken and rice on pinterest. And thought -

cauliflower rice + cilantro + lime....this could be good!

Well - spoiler alert! IT IS! And the best part - it's easy peasy to make!

All you need is:

  • 2 heads of cauliflower
  • 1 bundle of cilantro
  • 1 lime

To prepare:

  • Take the heads of cauliflower, pulse in your food processor until they have a rice like consistency - not couscous, a little bigger.
  • Sautee with a tiny bit of oil and some garlic until cooked to your desire.
    • I like my veggies a little more on the raw side - not so mooshy! So I sauteed for 5 mins ish.
  • Chop up and toss in some cilantro and squeeze in some lime.
    • I used essentially a whole bunch of cilantro and a whole lime for 2 heads of cauliflower worth of rice! :-D

What to serve it with...

Really, you can serve this anyway you would white rice! But, my two favorite options are shown below!

Cilantro Lime Rice with Ground Beef and Cheddar Cheese! 2 greens, 1 red, 1/2 blue on 21df and 21dfx

Cilantro Lime Rice with Ground Beef and Cheddar Cheese! 2 greens, 1 red, 1/2 blue on 21df and 21dfx

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice with Ground Beef and Cheddar

I don't often eat beef, but when I do it's usually ground beef in some sort of mexican dish which can get really fatty really quick with the fat from the meat, cheese, avocado, etc. What I liked about this mix is that the cauliflower rice is so clean that you can have a little bit fattier of a meat and not feel so guilty! Plus, I think that the little bit of fat from the beef adds a nice richness to the dish. Top with a little bit of cheese and it's the perfect veggie heavy, but light and delicious dinner!

21 Day Fix Breakdown: 1-2 Greens, 1 Red, 1/2 Blue

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice with a Ground Beef-Stuffed Pepper - 2 greens, 1 red on 21 df and 21dfx

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice with a Ground Beef-Stuffed Pepper - 2 greens, 1 red on 21 df and 21dfx

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower rice with Ground Beef-Stuffed Pepper

This is a new go-to lunch for me! I love making stuffed peppers, and these were simple and easy to make. 

Saute your ground beef until no longer pink, fill half a pepper with 1 21 day fix red container of the beef, and bake for 30 mins and 350 degrees.

Then I can use my awesome lunch containers that I got on Amazon, fill one side with cilantro lime rice, and put my stuffed-pepper on the other side! I even catch myself occasionally just chopping up the pepper with my fork and mixing everything together! Equally as delicious as eating them both separately! Just sayin'...

21 Day Fix Breakdown: 2 Greens, 1 Red

 

That's all for now though! Keep this recipe in your back pocket for a delicious, light, low carb side!