Garlic & Lemon Roasted Cauliflower Rice

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
Yields 6
A super simple vegetable side dish
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Ingredients
  1. 2 large bags frozen cauliflower rice, seasoned with garlic
  2. 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  3. 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  4. 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese, shredded (optional)
  5. 1-2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Notes
  1. 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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