Tasty Tuesday: Cauliflower Rice Recipes

Get creative with your cauliflower rice! These comfort-food-inspired recipes will earn rave reviews…  Yumminess from Hungry Girl...

First up is: Sloppy Jane Stuffed Peppers.  Sloppy joes are yummy… but why let bread have all the fun? Enter peppers! Add cauliflower rice, and prepare to be wowed.

1/4th of recipe (1 stuffed pepper half): 278 calories, 5.5g total fat (2g sat fat), 423mg sodium, 28.5g carbs, 7g fiber, 18g sugars, 28.5g protein.  SmartPoints® value 4*.

Prep: 10 minutes     Cook: 30 minutes     MAKES 4 SERVINGS

Ingredients:

4 large red bell peppers (look for peppers that sit flat when stem ends are up)
2 1/2 cups roughly chopped cauliflower or 1 3/4 cups cauliflower rice
1 1/4 cups canned crushed tomatoes
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. molasses
1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper
1 lb. raw extra-lean ground beef (4% fat or less)
1 cup chopped onion

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Carefully slice off and discard stem ends of bell peppers, about half an inch from the top. Remove and discard seeds. Place peppers cut-side up in a deep 8″ X 8″ baking pan. If they don’t sit flat, gently lean them against the pan sides.
  • Bake until soft, 25 – 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, if starting with roughly chopped cauliflower, pulse in a blender until reduced to rice-sized pieces, working in batches as needed.
  • In a medium bowl, combine crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, honey, red wine vinegar, molasses, and 1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper. Mix until uniform.
  • Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add beef, and sprinkle with remaining 1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper. Cook and crumble for 4 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Add cauliflower rice and onion. Cook and stir until beef is fully cooked and veggies have softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low. Add tomato mixture, and cook and stir until hot, about 3 minutes.
  • Blot away excess moisture from bell peppers. Evenly distribute filling among the peppers.

BONUS recipe: Cheesy Broccoli Cauli’ Rice.  Why do broccoli and cheese pair so well together? We can’t explain the secrets of the universe, but we can give you a great recipe featuring the combo plus cauliflower rice.

1/4th of recipe (about 1 1/4 cups): 144 calories, 6g total fat (3g sat fat), 416mg sodium, 17g carbs, 5g fiber, 6g sugars, 8g protein.  SmartPoints® value 3*

Prep: 15 minutes     Cook: 15 minutes     MAKES 4 SERVINGS

Ingredients:

5 cups roughly chopped cauliflower or 4 cups cauliflower rice
1 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 tsp. chopped garlic
3 cups roughly chopped broccoli
1/3 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup light/reduced-fat cream cheese
1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper

Directions:

  • If starting with roughly chopped cauliflower, pulse in a blender until reduced to rice-sized pieces, working in batches as needed.
  • In an extra-large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook and stir until onion has slightly softened and garlic is fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Stir in cauliflower rice, broccoli, and broth. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, uncovering occasionally to stir, or until veggies have softened and broth has evaporated.
  • Reduce heat to medium low. Add all remaining ingredients, and cook and stir until cheeses have melted and mixture is uniform, about 2 minutes.

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Tasty Thursday: Egg Rolls for Breakfast! 

I know it is Thursday but since it was a holiday, I decided to change things up a bit.  This is another YUMMY Hungry Girl recipe.  Do you want to be the talk of your potluck brunch? Show up with a platter of these egg-scramble egg rolls, and you’ll achieve legendary status. Of course, they’re also excellent for weekday mornings at home…

Prep: 15 minutes   Cook: 40 minutes     MAKES 3 SERVINGS

1/3rd of recipe (2 egg rolls): 290 calories, 8g total fat (4g sat fat), 833mg sodium, 34g carbs, 2g fiber, 3.5g sugars, 19.5g protein.  SmartPoints® value 8*

Ingredients:

2 frozen meatless or turkey sausage patties with 80 calories or less (like the kind by MorningStar Farms or Jimmy Dean)
1/3 cup chopped bell pepper
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 cup (about 8 large) egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper
1/3 cup light/reduced-fat cream cheese
6 large square egg roll wrappers (stocked with the refrigerated Asian items in the supermarket)
Optional dips: salsa, ketchup

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  • Cook sausage in a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray. (Refer to package for temp and cook time.) Transfer to a cutting board.
  • Clean skillet, if needed. Re-spray, and bring to medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and onion. Cook and stir until slightly softened, about 4 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Add egg whites/substitute and seasonings. Cook and scramble until veggies are soft and eggs are fully cooked, about 3 minutes.
  • Transfer egg scramble to a medium-large bowl.
  • Chop or crumble sausage. Fold sausage and cream cheese into egg scramble.
  • Lay an egg roll wrapper flat on a dry surface. Evenly distribute about 1/6th of the egg scramble (about 1/3 cup) in a row a little below the center.
  • Moisten all four edges by dabbing your fingers in water and going over the edges smoothly. Fold the sides about 3/4 inch toward the middle, to keep filling from falling out. Roll up the wrapper around the mixture and continue to the top. Seal with a dab of water.
  • Place on the baking sheet, and repeat to make 5 more egg rolls.
  • Spray with nonstick spray. Bake until golden brown, 23 – 25 minutes.

HG Tips: Make these in advance, and reheat in the toaster oven for 3 – 5 minutes. They’re also oddly delicious straight out of the fridge!

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Tasty Tuesday: Veggie-Loaded Quinoa Stir Fry  

Thank you Hungry Girl for another YUMMY recipe.  I LOVE this one.

MAKES 4 SERVINGS: 1/4th of recipe (about 2 cups): 323 calories, 4g total fat (<0.5g sat fat), 788mg sodium, 59g carbs, 8.5g fiber, 18.5g sugars, 12.5g protein.  SmartPoints® value 8*

Prep: 5 minutes     Cook: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed thoroughly
  • 1 tbsp. chopped garlic
  • 6 cups frozen stir-fry veggies
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup all-natural thick teriyaki marinade or sauce (like the kind by Annie Chun’s)

Directions

  • In a medium pot, combine quinoa, 1/2 tbsp. garlic, and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to low. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes, or until water has been absorbed and quinoa is fully cooked. Transfer to a large bowl, and cover to keep warm.
  • Bring a very large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Add remaining 1/2 tbsp. garlic, stir-fry veggies, broccoli, and 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook until veggies have mostly softened, 6 – 8 minutes.
  • Uncover, and cook and stir until excess liquid has evaporated and veggies are fully softened, about 2 minutes.
  • Add teriyaki sauce and cooked quinoa and mix well. Cook and stir until hot, about 1 minute. Serve up and enjoy!

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Tasty Tuesday: Naked Chicken & Eggplant Parm

Thank you Hungry Girl for another AWESOME recipe.  The farmer markets are open and veggies are fresh.  What better way to enjoy them then with some protein.  I’m not usually one to run the oven this long in the summer but it is sooooo worth it.

All the things you crave about chicken and eggplant Parmesan, in one big melty dish… Super yum!

Prep: 15 minutes          Cook: 1 hour and 10 minutes          Cool: 10 minutes

1/4th of pan (4″ X 4″): 350 calories, 12g total fat (5.5g sat fat), 814mg sodium, 14.5g carbs, 6g fiber, 7.5g sugars, 45.5g protein — SmartPoints™ value 6*

Ingredients:

1 large eggplant (about 20 oz.), ends removed
Four 5-oz. boneless skinless chicken breast cutlets, pounded to 1/4-inch thickness
1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Seasonings: garlic powder, onion powder, salt, Italian seasoning

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 2 baking sheets and an 8″ X 8″ baking pan with nonstick spray.
  • Cut eggplant lengthwise into 1/2-inch slices. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, 1/2 tsp. onion powder, and 1/4 tsp. salt, and lay on one of the baking sheets.
  • Lay chicken cutlets on the other baking sheet, and sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. garlic powder, 1/4 tsp. onion powder, and 1/4 tsp. salt.
  • Bake eggplant and chicken for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, to make the sauce, combine these ingredients in a medium bowl: tomatoes, 1 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning, and 1/2 tsp. each garlic powder and onion powder. Mix well.
  • Remove chicken from oven.
  • Flip eggplant, and bake until lightly browned and mostly softened, about 12 minutes. Remove sheet, but leave oven on.
  • Evenly layer the following ingredients in the baking pan: 1/4th of the sauce, half of the eggplant slices, another 1/4th of the sauce, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, 2 tbsp. Parm, and another 1/4th of the sauce. Evenly top with cooked chicken.
  • Continue layering with remaining eggplant slices, sauce, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, and 2 tbsp. Parm.
  • Cover pan with foil, and bake for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
  • Uncover and bake until cheese has completely melted and lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

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Tasty Tuesday: Tropical BBQ Chicken Taco

Thank you Hungry Girl for another yummy recipe…. The best part about her recipes are they are usually really easy and helps me to look at various options in my recipes to help me stay on track in my weightless journey.  Today’s Healthy Tropical BBQ Chicken Taco Recipe is one I probably would have never thought about….

Prep: 5 minutes      Cook: 10 minutes
Entire recipe (2 tacos): 255 calories, 5g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 730mg sodium, 30g carbs, 7.5g fiber, 11.5g sugars, 26.5g protein.    SmartPoints® value 6

Ingredients:

3 tbsp. bagged cole slaw mix
2 tbsp. crushed pineapple packed in juice (not drained)
1 tbsp. finely chopped red onion
2 tsp. chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp. seasoned rice vinegar
One 3-oz. raw boneless skinless chicken breast cutlet
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. onion powder
1 1/2 tbsp. BBQ sauce with about 45 calories per 2-tbsp. serving
1 Flatout Hungry Girl Exclusive 100% Whole Wheat with Flax Foldit Flatbread (if only they were gluten free)

Directions:

  • In a small bowl, combine cole slaw mix, pineapple (and its juice), onion, cilantro, and vinegar. Mix well.
  • Pound chicken to an even thickness. Season with garlic powder and onion powder. Bring a grill pan (or skillet) sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Cook for about 4 minutes per side, until cooked through.
  • Chop chicken, and place in a medium bowl. Add BBQ sauce, and stir to coat.
  • Cut flatbread in half to make two round pieces. On a microwave-safe plate, microwave for 10 seconds, or until warm.
  • Divide slaw mixture between flatbread pieces, and top with chicken mixture. Fold and chew!

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