Spanish Cauliflower Rice

Everyone’s favorite versatile vegetable takes its best form yet in easy-peasy Spanish Cauliflower Rice. A side dish you’ll want to devour all on its own!

True life: this week was my first time making cauliflower rice. I already love cauliflower in so many forms, I didn’t think I needed another in my life. Plus, I did not relish the thought of standing over a box grater with a huge hunk of veg, sweating and cursing and shaving off the ends of my fingertips…

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Suffer no more, ye cauliflower rice lovers! I snagged this bag of pre-obliterated cauli at Trader Joe’s and I’ll tell you what, it was worth every penny. The bag was $2.50, so maybe a bit more than a normal head would cost, but I’ll lose 50 cents over 10 minutes any day. #lazycook

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When I got the über-convenient bag home, I knew just what I wanted to do with it. I have been DYING to make Spanish rice at home because it is hands-down my favorite part about going to a Hispanic restaurant. In fact, I’ve been known to order a side of refried beans, a side of rice, and some tortillas for a meal. Ain’t no shame in the carb-loving game.

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As desperately as I’ve been wanting to make my favorite Mexican side at home, I suck at making rice. Seriously, I pride myself on my ability to conquer just about any culinary technique I take on but rice… I just can’t get it right. 8 times out of 10, I burn the bottom of it, ruining the whole pot. The other 2 times, it’s either grotesquely over-salted or complete mush.

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Again, cauliflower rice solves my dilemma. No boiling water, no waiting 40 minutes, no frustrated tears… Sautéed with a few simple spices, it takes on an amazingly nutty flavor and bite. I won’t pretend like it tastes exactly like Spanish rice, but it’s pretty tasty and a breeze to whip up. And if we’re being honest, good-tasting, easy food is what life’s all about anyways.

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And maybe cauliflower rice.

Spanish Cauliflower Rice

Yield: 3-4 side servings

Everyone’s favorite versatile vegetable takes its best form yet in easy-peasy Spanish Cauliflower Rice. A side dish you’ll want to devour all on its own!

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. (3 heaping cups) cauliflower rice
  • ¼ yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ jalepeño, minced (optional)
  • 1/3 cup tomato sauce (or 1 diced Roma tomato)
  • ¼ cup frozen peas, defrosted
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat a pan over medium high heat and add onion, garlic, and jalepeño. Stir for 3-4 minutes, until onions begin to soften, adding a splash of water if they start to stick.
  2. Add tomato sauce, cumin, and cauliflower rice. Cook for 7-8 minutes, until the cauliflower is al dente.
  3. Add peas to pan and stir until heated through. Taste and season with salt & pepper.
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What I Ate Wednesday

Hiya friends!! It’s been a few weeks since I shared a day full of eats so I thought I’d pop in and share! Ready to see What I Ate Wednesday??

Before I dive into the eats, how the heck are ya?! I’ve been super overwhelmed with a very busy family life lately. With multiple family members in and out of the hospital (where my grandmother just passed a month ago…), I’ve been on serious emotional roller coaster. For a few weeks, I took less than ideal care of myself and paid for it by getting sick last week. After a small mental breakdown in my office with the door closed this morning, I’m ready to get back into the healthy habits I love and try to worry less about the things that I can’t control. And with that positive resolution, shall we move onto the eats???

I was very excited to be back in the gym after 4 days off from being sick. Typical half a banana in the car on our way there. No pic, it was early ok?!

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Slurped down my smoothie in record speed while catching up on emails. I shared the recipe on my most recent Instagram post but thinned it out with a little extra almond milk so it was sippable, not spoonable.

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I had a busy morning and lunch snuck up on me! I packed some leftovers from the weekend: roasted parsnips, Spanish cauliflower rice (recipe to come!), and hummus.

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I got some hunger pangs while I had my feet kicked up in my office- fun fact, I have a standing desk! Ok, mostly I just don’t have a chair. But I built stands for my monitors and I usually stand all day. Today, I needed a break and munched on some mini peppers and hummus while sitting in my “guest chairs” with my laptop. Cozy.

We had  farewell party for one of my favorite coworkers near the end of the day as he leaves us for Florida. I forgot to take a picture of the chips and guac I snacked on while doing everything in my power to not dissolve into a blubbering mess… Oh, the emotions continue.

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John and I stopped by a work event for a few and then came home to leftovers for dinner. I made a Thai coconut curry and rice this weekend and to be honest, it’s alllllllmost intolerably spicy. Oops. Don’t worry, we can handle it! :)

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During the waterworks of this week’s This Is Us, I needed a serious chocolate fix. These babes are ridiculously delicious, but didn’t stop the tears from flowin’.

That caps off What I Ate Wednesday! Have a fantastic week friends!

Homemade Coconut Butter + Infinity Jar Review

A decadent treat, made with a single ingredient in under 5 minutes, Homemade Coconut Butter is a luxury you can totally afford. And when stored in Infinity Jars, you can enjoy the silky goodness for a lifetime!

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Peanut butter and almond butter are like the cool cheerleaders who seem to be having all the fun in the trendy high school spotlight. Everyone loves them, their tan color turns heads, and Instagram is splatted with selfies with them. I feel it’s my responsibility to introduce you to the pale, shy bookworm in the corner with a LOT to offer.

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Coconut butter is the best kept nut butter secret.

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I also think “coconut butter” is confusing. Is it butter? Is it coconut? Is it coconut oil? I went over the different kinds of coconut products a while ago in this post, but to make life easy, a quick analogy: coconut is to coconut butter as peanuts are to peanut butter. One ingredient blended to creamy perfection.

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Step one: acquire coconut. Step two: blend coconut until perfectly smooth. Step three: devour.

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If you’re wondering how you might use up a jar of coconut butter, I could list a million ways, but here are some of my favorites:

  • In these delicious cereal bars (Tessa, I’m OBSESSED!)
  • As the star of a grown up “CB&J
  • Mixed into a spicy curry
  • Cookies make everybody happy
  • Tossed with veggies to be roasted
  • Make your own all natural body scrub
  • Drizzle it on waffles, like genius Addie
  • Give your oatmeal a tropical twist
  • Add a dollop to everything!!

So now that you’ve taken the 7 minutes it take to whip up a fresh jar of coconut butter, how do you keep it fresh? Coconut has a tendency to get rancid very quickly- even more so than other nuts. So it’s important to either eat your coconut butter within a month or two, or keep it fresh another way…

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Allow me to introduce you to your new jar obsession. Readers: Infinity Jars, Infinity Jars: readers. Infinity? Forever, unending, enduring, lasting… As in the quality of whatever you store in these jars.

Infinity Jars are crafted from a pigmented glass that is thicker and stronger than typical glass jars. It is also impermeable by smells and blocks harmful UV light while allowing certain infrared beams. Basically, it’s the best food storage solution for keeping foods fresh for months! The craziest evidence of this is their “tomato test”. They put a cherry tomato in both a traditional jar and their unique glass jars and didn’t peak for 7 months. The results? After 7 months, the tomato in the clear jar was molded and shriveled. The Infinity Jar tomato was red, firm, and juicy. WHAT?!

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While I haven’t had these peculiar glass jars long enough to test them for 7 months, I can tell you that they have a great air-tight seal. Oh, and they are SO cool looking! I wasn’t sure how they’d fit in with my extensive collection of clear glass jars but I’m looking forward to filling my shelves with more of the black beauties.

Coconut butter’s pure white drizzle looks heavenly up against the shelf life-enhancing Infinity Jar so do yourself a favor and snag both ASAP!

Homemade Coconut Butter

Cook Time: 5 minutes

A decadent treat, made with a single ingredient in under 5 minutes, Homemade Coconut Butter is luxury you can afford!

Ingredients

  • 8-16oz. shredded unsweetened coconut

Instructions

  1. Add the shredded coconut to a high-powered blender or food processor- I used my Vitamix. Start processing on low speed and increase until the machine is running at full power. Let the processer run until the mixture is completely smooth. In my Vitamix this takes about 3 minutes, in a food processor it could take 10-15 (seriously!). You may have to stop to scrape down the sides occasionally, I did not. Immediately pour into jar and store at room temperature.
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I was provided with products to review for this post, but please note that all opinions are my own and I would never share a product I didn’t actually love!