My kids were here for the long Thanksgiving Weekend and it was great to have them (feed them) for a few days. So much good food…..and I did over indulge a bit (I do love a good pumpkin pie), in food and drinks and lack of sleep and all things fun…..but I was super smart and sent ALL the leftovers back to my son’s apartment….no waste and no need to continue the downward spiral. Win-win.
It’s time to get back on track before the next wave….trust me, it’s coming soon! The period from Thanksgiving through the end of the calendar year can be tough to negotiate. The trick is to stick to your normal routine as much as possible (super smart move)….maybe even up your game a bit in the way of healthy food. This recipe for Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice is just what you need right now. It’s the perfect addition to any meal when you’re trying to focus on nutrition….and did I mention how yummy it is? Personally, I crave salt more than sweet and THIS…is it for me!
One skillet, simple and healthy side dish.
Holiday tables tend to be laden with carb-heavy options….from breads and rolls to crackers, rice, potatoes and other starches. The best approach is to focus on wholesome recipes that use REAL ingredients that add nutrition. Cauli-rice is a good alternative because it plays like a starchy carb, but in reality it’s a cruciferous veggie. Cauliflower has a neutral flavor so you can use it as a base to add health benefits and flavor.
For this Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice I chose ingredients for their nutrient density:
Riced cauliflower is simple to make in your food processor and it is also available fresh and frozen already prepared, so it couldn’t be an easier ingredient to use. Cauliflower is:
- Low in calories and high in nutrition.
- Just one cup of cooked cauliflower gives almost a full RDA of Vitamin C.
- Good source of Vitamin K, B6 and folate, biotin, fiber, potassium, magnesium and choline.
- Decreases risk for colorectal and prostate cancer
- Lowers blood cholesterol
Here is another recipe for cauli-rice you may enjoy.
Kalamata olives are a healthy addition to this recipe for Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice because they contain an impressive range of health-protective compounds.
- Excellent source of iron, fiber, calcium and vitamin A.
- Natural antioxidants: protecting your body from damage from environmental toxins as well as free radicals.
- rich in healthy fats
Pine nuts add more than just flavor and crunch to this Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice, they are packed with a ton of vitamins and minerals essential to the human body:
- healthy fats—help you feel full
- good amounts of potassium, fiber, protein, manganese, zinc, iron
- shown to lower bad cholesterol
- supports bone health with Vitamin K.
- cardiovascular benefits from Vitamin K and E
Parsley is a tasty herb—-and also has some powerful health benefits comparable to those of leafy greens.
- Anti-inflammatory: thanks to generous amounts of Vitamin C and beta-carotene.
- Bone Health: good source of calcium and folic acid
- Strengthens the Immune System: Vitamins C,A,K folate and niacin
- Anti-bacterial/Antifungal: high amounts of chlorophyll
Remember what you do most of the time matters so much more than what you do once in a while. Find nutritious options for the meals that you do prepare at home….and when you do choose to indulge, enjoy yourself and then move on….back to your healthy routine. No big deal.