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Vegetarian Cauliflower Rice Skillet Meal


There’s so much goodness in this easy Vegetarian Cauliflower Rice Skillet Meal! One-pot dinners are lifesavers on busy weeknights and this one is no exception. 246 calories and 5 Weight Watchers SP
Cauliflower rice, zucchini, chickpeas and tomato sauce in a cast iron skillet.

Cauliflower rice, zucchini, chickpeas and tomato sauce in a cast iron skillet.

Cauliflower rice skillet meals are one of the easiest and healthiest weeknight meals you can make! Really, one-pot meals in any form are lifesavers when you don’t want to be faced with a pile of pots and pans after dinner. And you can usually get away with a pretty simple ingredients list for cauliflower rice meals. Case in point…my favorite fried “rice”.

This cauliflower rice recipe takes all of the flavors of my favorite vegetarian pasta meal and turns it into a lighter option.

If you are following a low carb or keto diet, swap out the chickpeas and replace them with sautéed chicken, beef or pork. This chickpea version, however, is fantastic if you’re looking for a vegetarian option with a hit of protein.

How to make this cauliflower rice skillet meal:

  • Be sure to use an oven-proof nonstick (affiliate) or cast iron skillet (affiliate), since you’ll be popping it under the broiler in the last step.
  • Start by sautéing the onions and mushrooms in a bit of olive oil until they start to brown. Next, stir in the garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes and salt, and cook for another minute.
  • Next, in goes the cauliflower rice, your favorite marinara sauce, and the sliced zucchini. This mixture will take a good 5 minutes to cook, stirring occasionally, for the cauliflower rice and zucchini to become tender. Stir in the chickpeas and parsley.
  • Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, spread the mixture evenly in the skillet, top with Parmesan cheese and pop under the broiler to brown the cheese lightly. No more than a minute, otherwise the cheese will burn!

Chickpeas and chopped parsley on top of a tomato sauce and cauliflower rice mixture.

Chickpeas and chopped parsley on top of a tomato sauce and cauliflower rice mixture.

How can you make this vegan?

This one’s easy! The only issue in this recipe is the cheese. So, either leave it off or replace it with vegan cheese.

How many net carbs are in a cup of cauliflower rice?

  • One cup of cauliflower rice contains about 2.8 grams of net carbs, compared with 41.3 grams of net carbs for an equal portion of cooked brown rice, which makes it a fantastic alternative for those following keto, low carb or paleo diets.*
  • If you’re looking at calories, the comparison is 25 calories for cauliflower rice vs. 216 calories for cooked brown rice.

Can you buy cauliflower rice?

  • Yes! With the popularity of cauliflower rice, you’d be hard-pressed to find a grocery store that didn’t sell at least one brand of cauliflower rice in their frozen food section.
  • Some stores, such as Trader Joe’s, sell fresh cauliflower rice in bags. They can be found in the produce section, typically near the bags of cauliflower florets.
  • If you prefer to make cauliflower rice from scratch, follow the instructions in this post.

One pot meal of cauliflower rice, mushrooms, zucchini and garbanzo beans in a cast iron skillet.

One pot meal of cauliflower rice, mushrooms, zucchini and garbanzo beans in a cast iron skillet.

Other cauliflower rice recipes:

Shrimp Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe {Cookin’ Canuck}
Sautéed Cauliflower Rice with Caramelized Onions & Spinach {Cookin’ Canuck}
Low Carb Antipasto Cauliflower Rice Salad {Sugar-Free Mom}
Slow Cooker Peruvian Pulled Pork Cauliflower Rice Bowls {Cupcakes & Kale Chips}

Cauliflower rice, zucchini, chickpeas and tomato sauce in a cast iron skillet.Cauliflower rice, zucchini, chickpeas and tomato sauce in a cast iron skillet.

Vegetarian Cauliflower Rice Skillet Meal

There’s so much goodness in this easy Vegetarian Cauliflower Rice Skillet Meal! One-pot dinners are lifesavers on busy weeknights and this one is no exception. 246 calories and 5 Weight Watchers SP

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Course: Entrees

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Gluten Free, Healthy Dinner Recipes

Prep Time: 12 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 24 minutes

Servings: 4 Servings

Calories: 245.8kcal

Instructions

  • Preheat the broiler.

  • Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick or cast iron skillet, set over medium-high heat.

  • Add the onion and mushrooms. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender and starting to brown, 5 to 6 minutes.

  • Add the garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes and salt. Cook for 1 minute.

  • Stir in the cauliflower rice, zucchini and marinara sauce. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower rice and zucchini are tender, about 5 minutes.

  • Stir in the chickpeas and parsley.

  • Spread the cauliflower rice mixture into an even layer in the skillet. Top with the Parmesan cheese.

  • Place the skillet under the broiler until the cheese is melted, about 1 minutes. Serve.

Notes

Weight Watchers Points: 5 (Blue – Freestyle SmartPoints), 9 (Green), 5 (Purple)

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5Cups | Calories: 245.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 36.2g | Protein: 13.5g | Fat: 7.1g | Saturated Fat: 1.7g | Cholesterol: 4.9mg | Sodium: 612.7mg | Fiber: 10.5g | Sugar: 12.8g


Tried this recipe?If you make this recipe, I’d love to see it on Instagram! Just use the hashtag #COOKINCANUCK and I’ll be sure to find it.

*The net carb and calorie comparisons are referenced from SELFNutritionData.

This post was originally published on May 14, 2018 and updated on September 12, 2020.

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