As homework, projects and performances prevail along with swim practice and meets soon to begin, I’m all ears for suggestions on super quick healthy meals. I made this tasty vegetable side in no time by using frozen bagged cauliflower rice. I’m not usually a huge frozen vegetable fan, despite their convenience. I find they usually result in a “water-logged” version of their crispy, fresh counterparts. In this case, because it’s finely chopped and cauliflower isn’t a watery vegetable, like mushrooms or yellow squash, it roasted beautifully! Obviously, this shaved a great deal of time off my meal preparation! I served with a simple pasta carbonara and still had some daylight left to play with the kids in the garden (psst! That means yard
)! Hmmm…I wonder what the British call a garden where vegetables grow…
Parsley and lemon juice are all you need to make this cauliflower rice a quick, delicious and healthy side!
*something you may not know:
Cauliflower is rich in vitamins and minerals such as folate and vitamin K. Eating cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and kale are associated with decreased inflammation and a reduced risk of developing cancer.
Garlic and Lemon Roasted Cauliflower Rice
A super simple vegetable side dish
- 2 large bags frozen cauliflower rice, seasoned with garlic
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese, shredded (optional)
- 1-2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix olive oil with cauliflower rice and spread evenly into a single layer onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- Roast 35 minutes, turning halfway through cooking time. Remove from oven and immediately spritz with fresh lemon juice and top with fresh parsley. Garnish with parmesan, if using.
- Try using other fresh herbs, such as rosemary or thyme. You can also add a little kick with 1/4 tsp cayenne.
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