#Recipes, Comfort Dish, Keto, Leftovers, Low Carb, Mexican, Quick Meals, Sides, Tacos

Simple Mexican Cauliflower Rice

Simple Mexican Cauliflower Rice

I’ve never been a big fan of cauliflower unless it was smothered with gooey cheese. However, while trying to eat Keto I’ve now become obsessed with making cauliflower rice.  I must say though I cheat a little and buy the frozen already riced cauliflower.  It honestly comes out just as good to me.  It’s a quicker and easier alternative.  Hey anything to save a mess, am I right?  Cutting up cauliflower is the worse! J

I’ve done a few different rice recipes but this one I just made is probably one of my favorites.  I made this to make a taco “bowl” instead of using white or brown rice.  Give it a try. It’s only a few ingredients and yet the flavor is fantastic.  See below for the taco “bowl” I made with the rice. I also put the recipe for all the items in the bowl.

Simple Mexican Cauliflower Rice
3 servings

Ingredients:
12 oz, frozen cauliflower rice
2 T Butter
½ – ¾ cup shredded cheese (I used Mexican mix)
¼ cup chunky salsa
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small onion, diced
2 t low sodium taco seasoning (more to taste)
½ t garlic powder
½ t onion powder
½ lime, juiced
½ T olive oil
2 T chopped fresh cilantro
Sprinkle salt and pepper

Directions: Cook cauliflower rice in the microwave according to package but reduce the cook time by 2 minutes.  Heat a medium sauté pan on high heat.  Add oil and let heat a minute before adding in the onion and garlic.  Sauté the onion and garlic for 3 minutes. Add in the cauliflower rice, butter and taco season, garlic and onion powder.  Add the salsa and lime juice and stir.  Let cook covered 4-5 minutes.  Add the shredded cheese and mix until fully melted, season with salt and pepper and sprinkle in cilantro and serve immediately.

Skirt Steak Taco Bowl

Ingredients:
Mexican Cauliflower rice, (see recipe above)
9 oz cooked protein, ( I used skirt steak)
½ red onion, diced
6 cherry tomatoes, sliced
½ cup shredded cheese
1 jalapeño, diced (remove seeds and membrane for less heat)
8 black olives, sliced
6 T guacamole
3 T sour cream
Optional: Tortilla chips for serving.

Directions: If you want low carb tortilla chips, bake your own using low carb tortillas. Cut tortilla into triangles, brush with oil and sprinkle with salt.  Bake at 400 for 8-10 minutes.  Watch the chips close as they will get brown quickly.  Remove from the oven and let cool so they can crisp up.

To assemble your bowl, start with 4 oz of Mexican cauliflower rice, top with steak, and toppings. Serve with guacamole and sour cream on the side and tortilla chips for dipping. Enjoy!

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Leftovers, Pork, Tacos

Leftover Pork Tacos

I’m sure we’ve all had leftovers in our refrigerator and by the time you remember them you have to toss right into the trash.  I do that all the time!  It’s such a waste of food and I often think to myself I should have just made enough for one meal.

I’m not a huge fan of left overs.  I have to really love the dish to even want to eat the leftovers or I have to be able to reuse the leftovers to make a new dish.  That’s exactly what we have here.

With this dish I had left over pork chops that I turned into tacos.  These pork chops were very basic. They were slightly marinated then grilled.  If you have a left over protein that has stronger flavors you may want to remove the excess flavors by wiping off the meat or rinsing (yes I know, weird.)

That is where this recipe came from.  Just using leftover pork chops.  It was something simple and took very little time to prepare.  I had all the ingredients on hand and it came together in a snap.  This is why I always try and keep ingredients for tacos at my house.  Not only because tacos is it’s own food group to me, but also because you can always put together a taco dish if you have the basics.  Like tortillas, cheese, meat, onions, avocado, etc…the list goes on.

When I first thought of this I was worried it may have been odd to use cooked pork chops for a taco.  I was wrong! Take a look at the recipe below and give it a try. It’s definitely very good, very simple and cost-effective. Use those leftovers!

Leftover Pork Tacos

Ingredients:
1 1/2 C pork cubed (cooked)
1- medium white onion, diced
2- garlic cloves, chopped
3- mini peppers any color, diced
1- cilantro bunch, chopped
1- lime, juiced
1- avocado
1T- olive oil
2t- garlic powder
2t- onion powder
1t- paprika
2t- chili powder
1t- taco seasoning (low sodium)
Pinch: Salt and Pepper
6-8 Tortillas (corn or flour)
2T- Reduced fat shredded Mexican cheese

Directions: Heat medium sauté pan over high heat. Add drizzle of olive oil and sauté onions, garlic and peppers till softened. Remove from heat and add to medium size bowl. Add in pork and cilantro (reserve some), half the oil, lime juice and spices. Mix well and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

When ready to eat, heat the mixture in a sauté pan with remaining oil on medium low heat till warmed through. Stir occasionally. Reminder, you are just heating the meat as the meat is already fully cooked.

I mashed the avocado and added cilantro, lime and salt. To assemble taco add meat mixture to tortilla, top with avocado mash and finish with sprinkle of cheese. Serve and enjoy!

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Beef, Leftovers, Salad

London Broil Blue Cheese Salad (Leftover Dish)

I hope you enjoyed my London Broil recipe yesterday.  I wanted to quickly share with you a great way to use the leftover  London Broil.  I made a salad.  It’s a great protein for a salad.  It makes for a filling lunch and changes up the typical chicken that people use.  Here’s what I did for mine.  I love blue cheese and it goes very well with beef so it’s my London Broil Blue Cheese Salad.  Take a look!

London Broil Blue Cheese Salad
Serves: 1

Ingredients:
4 oz, left over London Broil, sliced
3-4 cups, chopped romaine lettuce
2 T green olives
1 mini cucumber, sliced
1 T + sprinkle, crumbled blue cheese
1/2-1 T Extra Virgin Olive
1/2-1 T Balsamic Vinegar
Any extra salad toppings

Directions:  In a large bowl add in the lettuce, and salad toppings above and any extra ones you’d like (minus the meat and the oil and vinegar.)  Mix the salad well and drizzle evenly the oil and vinegar and mix till all lettuce is coated.   Add to your dish and top with sliced London Broil and a final sprinkle of blue cheese then enjoy!

Note: This dish can be changed up to any salad you’d like.  It’s filling enough to be an entrée type salad.  You will fully enjoy this.  If you don’t like blue cheese change it up with another cheese.  No rules here.  I was just giving the way I made my salad.

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