Even though comfort food is typically associated with chillier months, our cravings don't change with the seasons. That being said, we don't always feel our best after indulging in a rich, carb-heavy dish. As it turns out, yummy comfort food doesn't need to involve carbo-loading. We know, carbs put the comfort in comfort food… but hear us out. If you've ever looked forward to getting cozy with a massive bowl of creamy pasta or saucy rice but then wished you hadn't once the food coma kicked in, we suggest swapping out the carbs for cauliflower rice.
Aside from being low-cal and grain-free, cauliflower is packed with essential nutrients. According to Doctor Josh Axe, one cup of cauliflower alone has 73% daily value of vitamin C, 11% DV of fiber, and 9% DV of omega-3 fatty acids among other important vitamins and minerals. Together, they make cauliflower one of the healthiest foods out there. In fact, several studies revealed that it's linked to cancer prevention, a healthier heart, hormonal balance, and improved digestion. Ready to dig in and improve your gut health?
Scroll through these four delicious recipes to bask in the glory of all that this cruciferous veggie has to offer.
Carne Asada Cauliflower Rice Bowl
Found: your go-to recipe every time you're in the mood for Mexican. This delicious carne asada bowl from Half Baked Harvest calls for cauliflower rice, flanked rice, avocado, mango, and tomatoes. Then top it off with a squeeze of lime and a sprinkle of cheese! With a texture similar to that of couscous, this light and fluffy rice alternative complements each ingredient perfectly.
Mango Chicken and Cauliflower Rice Wrap
This wrap recipe from Food Faith Fitness is the perfect meal option for anyone who eats on the go. Convenience aside, we'd eat this for any meal. The fruity sweetness from the mango and smokey notes from the cauliflower rice as well as the roasted chicken create the perfect balance. Add jalapeño for an extra kick of spice.
Sticky Apricot Chicken With Cauliflower Rice
Remember that case we made for carb-free comfort food? Well, the proof is this mouthwatering spread from Half Baked Harvest. Doused in a tangy, flavorful sauce, this healthy dish is the perfect weeknight dinner option. Thanks to these sticky apricot chicken thighs atop a bed of fluffy cauliflower rice, you can have your comfort and eat it too.
Cauliflower Rice Salad With Roasted Chickpeas
If you're looking for a lighter cauliflower rice recipe, this photogenic salad from The First Mess has you covered. Packed with roasted garbanzo beans, diced avocado, radishes, and chives, it'll take less than 30 minutes to make. Prepare this salad ahead of time and then bring it for lunch on a busy day. We promise it will make you and your tummy happy without forcing you to curl up in fetal position post-meal.
If you don't have time to make your own cauliflower rice, shop the prepared version below. Then let us know which recipe you'll try it in with the comments below.