Mexican Cauliflower “Rice” with Vegan Sausage
*Adapted from this recipe for Spanish cauliflower “rice”
Here I go again with my cauliflower “rice” obsession. What can I say, I just love it! Hopefully you all have given it a try by now and are as excited as I am about all of the possibilities for using it in your dinnertime meals. And if you haven’t tried it? Well, you better get to processing and microwaving because you are SO missing out!
1 small head of cauliflower, chopped
water, for cooking
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 yellow onion, diced
1/4 red bell pepper, diced
1 link vegan Mexican “sausage,” sliced*
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin
black pepper, to taste
1 cup chunky salsa (I used medium)
*I used the Mexican Chipotle flavor of Field Roast brand vegan “sausages.” P.S., I will never ever stop professing my love for this company!
1. Process the head of cauliflower in two batches in your food processor until it resembles the texture of rice. Place the cauliflower “rice” in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 4 minutes. Stir, and continue to microwave for 3 to 4 additional minutes.
2. While the cauliflower is cooking, line a large skillet with a thin layer of water. Heat over medium-high heat, or until very hot. Once hot, lower the heat to medium and add garlic, onions, and peppers to the skillet. Cook the vegetables for 6-8 minutes, or until softened. Add additional water, as necessary.
3. Stir in the slices of “sausage.” Cook an additional 5 minutes, or until heated through.
4. Add cooked cauliflower “rice,” seasonings, and salsa to the skillet. Stir until well-combined. Heat for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, or until warm.
One of the things that I love about cooking with cauliflower “rice” is that you can eat a TON of it for a lot fewer calories than rice and you get in a great serving of veggies. Plus, it tastes delicious, especially when seasoned well. The spicy seasonings in this dish combined with the salsa really did the trick. And that vegan sausage? I cannot wait to cook with that again. It is definitely spicy and definitely delicious! If you have never tried cauliflower “rice” or the Field Roast sausages, this is a dish you really must make. And that is an order!