Cauliflower Rice and Beans with all the Fixin’s

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Almost a week past my due date and still no baby in sight but I’M TOTALLY FINE! We typically eat like pigs on the weekend, so a little refresh is always appreciated at the beginning of the week. Cauliflower rice and black bean bowls are protein-packed, so flavorful, and best of all – ready in under 30 minutes.

Cauliflower & Black Beans Bowls with Mashed Avocado

Servings 2 people

Ingredients

Beans:

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can black beans
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed with the flat side of your knife
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

Cauliflower Rice:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups cauliflower rice (see hints below)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • Juice from 1/2 lime, other half reserved for the mashed avocado

Mashed Avocado:

  • 1 large avocado
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro

Optional Toppings:

  • 1/2 cup pico de gallo
  • 1/4 cup queso fresco
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • Hot sauce

Instructions

  • Add beans and their liquid, garlic, chili powder, cumin, and salt to a small pot and simmer on medium-low while you cook the cauliflower rice and mash the avocado. Stir often until they are no longer watery, about 20 minutes.
  • Warm olive oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add cauliflower rice, garlic, cumin, chili powder, and salt. Cook, stirring often, for 7 to 10 minutes, until tender.
  • In a small bowl, mash the avocado, lime juice, salt, and cilantro until smooth.
  • Divide cauliflower rice, beans, mashed avocado, and toppings between two bowls.

Beans:

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can black beans
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed with the flat side of your knife
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

Cauliflower Rice:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups cauliflower rice (see hints below)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • Juice from 1/2 lime, other half reserved for the mashed avocado

Mashed Avocado:

  • 1 large avocado
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro

Optional Toppings:

  • 1/2 cup pico de gallo
  • 1/4 cup queso fresco
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • Hot sauce

Notes

Most grocery stores now carry cauliflower rice in the fresh or frozen section (cook it from frozen if you can only find frozen!) but if you can’t find it, just pulse 4 cups cauliflower in a food processor until it looks like rice. No food processor? Grate it on a cheese grater!
Buy guac at the store to eliminate that step!
The pico de gallo here is pretty crucial since it adds fresh tomatoes, onion, jalapeño, and cilantro to the bowl with no work on your part. A great shortcut flavor ingredient!
Author: Caroline Chambers

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