Loaded Cilantro Lime Cauliflower “Rice”

September 5, 2017

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice – skip the white rice and try this seriously delicious cauliflower “rice” instead! This version is packed with veggies and it has such a bright fresh flavor. It’s a healthy recipe you’ll want to make again and again!

Cauliflower rice loaded with veggies and seasoned with cilantro and lime

Cauliflower Rice with Fresh Cilantro Lime Favors!

This Loaded Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice is packed to the max with goodness (cauliflower, black beans, avocado, corn, tomatoes) and it’s brimming with those Mexican flavors we crave.

I’m telling you guys though, cauliflower rice is a low-carb food I actually love and frequently choose over rice. Why has it taken me 30 years of life to discover something so amazing?

I know crazy, right? I’m getting excited about cauliflower.

I guess it’s just that I’ve always been a fan of white rice but we all know it’s pretty much just an empty carb so finding a healthy and delicious replacement is a big thang.

Cauliflower rice with added chicken, veggies and black beans. Seasoned with cilantro and lime.

Ingredients You’ll Need for This Recipe

  • Cauliflower
  • Olive oil
  • Green onions
  • Garlic
  • Frozen corn
  • Black beans
  • Avocado
  • Tomato
  • Cilantro
  • Lime

Plain cauliflower rice in a clear mixing bowl.

How to Make Cauliflower Rice

  • Cut the florets from the cauliflower core. Pulse half at a time in food processor, in 1 second pulses until it’s minced into fine bits, just a bit larger than couscous (you should have about 4 cups).
  • Place cauliflower on a several sheets and layers of paper towels, then wrap and press to remove some of the excess liquid. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and saute 30 seconds. Add in cauliflower “rice” and saute 6 minutes.

Then for the Mix-Ins

  • Add in corn and black beans, season with salt to taste and warm through, about 1 – 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Add tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, lime juice and lime zest and gently toss. Serve warm.

Cauliflower rice with cilantro and lime

Add Chicken and Make it a Burrito Bowl

And then obviously how do I not turn something so fabulous into a burrito bowl?? It’s just meant to happen.

Two of the best things, Mexican seasoned grilled chicken and this healthy “rice” collide to make one healthy unforgettable meal.

That you’ll want to make again. And again. And then again. Forever and ever.

Why do You Dry the Cauliflower?

My method for cauliflower rice may seem a little strange, but I’ve found drying the minced cauliflower really does make a difference in the end result.

Especially when you are going to be adding in more liquid, like the lime juice here. So I don’t recommend skipping that step.

Oh and if you don’t have a food processor you can grate the cauliflower instead.

Loaded Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Can I Use Store-Bought Frozen Cauliflower Rice?

Yes. Frozen Cauliflower Rice will work fine here too. Use 4 cups.

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Loaded Cilantro Lime Cauliflower "Rice"

4.75 from 4 votes

Skip the white rice and try this seriously delicious cauliflower "rice" instead! This version is packed with veggies and flavored with the bright cilantro lime combination. 

Servings: 5
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head cauliflower (about 2 1/4 lbs)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions, plus more for serving
  • 2 tsp minced garlic (2 cloves)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed in a strainer under hot water and drained well on paper towels
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Salt
  • 1 avocado (fairly firm but ripe), diced
  • 1 large Roma tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice, plus 1 tsp lime zest

Instructions

  1. Cut the florets from the cauliflower core. Pulse half at a time in food processor, in 1 second pulses until it's minced into fine bits, just a bit larger than couscous (you should have about 4 cups).

  2. Place cauliflower on a several sheets and layers of paper towels, then wrap and press to remove some of the excess liquid. Set aside.

  3. Heat oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and saute 30 seconds. Add in cauliflower "rice" and saute 6 minutes. 

  4. Add in corn and black beans, season with salt to taste and warm through, about 1 - 2 minutes. Remove from heat. 

  5. Add tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, lime juice and lime zest and gently toss. Serve warm.

  6. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Recipe Notes

If you'd like to make the rice into chicken burrito bowls - pound 4 (6 oz) chicken breasts to an even thinness. Brush both sides lightly with olive oil and season with S & P. Season both sides with (total) 1 tsp ancho chili powder, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/8 tsp sugar (for a better char). Grill on preheated 425 degree grill, about 4 minutes per side. Let rest 5 minutes on a plate then cut int cubes. Serve with this "rice", top with Queso fresco cheese if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Loaded Cilantro Lime Cauliflower "Rice"
Amount Per Serving
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 385mg17%
Potassium 1227mg35%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 13g54%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 400IU8%
Vitamin C 114.4mg139%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cauliflower Rice
Author: Jaclyn