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Southwest Cauliflower Rice Bowl

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I’m a firm believer that cooking and cleaning up dinner shouldn’t take all night. Unfortunately, it sure feels like it does at times!  I know that a healthy dinner is most likely to happen if it is as simple as possible. This amazing southwest cauliflower rice bowl has been a staple around our home the past few weeks for this very reason.

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Cauliflower Rice = Hidden Veggies

I first spotted cauliflower rice a few years ago at Aldi. I knew it was a dinner game changer and you may remember me talking about it in my post on easy ways to add veggies to dinner.

Now, you can find cauliflower rice pretty much everywhere. While you can make your own cauliflower rice at home with a food processor, I’m finding that using it frozen makes weeknight dinners so much quicker. I think I speak for all of us when I say that EASY and QUICK are key factors in making weeknight dinners happen.

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Southwest Cauliflower Rice Bowl

What is a meal that everyone in the family loves (including my previously picky husband and my sweet 9 month old baby boy)? Southwest cauliflower rice bowl to the rescue.

A healthy remix on Taco Tuesday? Southwest cauliflower rice bowl wins again!

Don’t want to deal with a sink overflowing with dirty dishes? Try this ONE POT southwest cauliflower rice bowl.

Let me repeat that: ONE POT cauliflower rice bowls.

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I love one pot dinners! You can literally throw the measuring spoons/cups/etc in the dishwasher while dinner is cooking AND wash the cutting boards by hand quickly. Then after you eat you literally only have to clean up plates and ONE POT (ok, plus a serving spoon.)

It is an amazing thing. And even better is that this one pot dinner has a VEGGIE base. So now, thanks to the convenience of frozen cauliflower rice, we can cook dinner quickly, have minimal clean up, and get in some veggies! Win, win, WIN!

This cauliflower rice bowl also makes a perfect meal to prep ahead for workweek lunches or even busy dinners. In fact, this cauliflower rice bowl is one of the recipes I prepped ahead last week when I knew we would busy moving and the leftovers saved us on busy days when we needed some lunch while we were desperately trying to unpack.


Now, next week you can enjoy a taco Tuesday with extra veggies, simplicity, and time with your family, thanks to this southwest cauliflower rice bowl. Your family won’t even know it features cauliflower!

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Southwest Cauliflower Rice Bowl

Cook Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil extra rigin
  • 1 lb Ground Turkey
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 12 oz Cauliflower rice frozen
  • 4 Green onions chopped
  • 1/2 cup Salsa
  • 1/2 can Black Beans
  • 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups spinach loosely chopped


  • Heat olive oil on medium high. Add ground turkey, breaking it apart as it cooks. Cook until just done.
  • Add salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and onion powder, mixing into turkey well.
  • Add in frozen riced cauliflower. Cook until heated through and tender, approximately 4-5 minutes.
  • Add green onions, salsa, and black beans while continuing to cook. Just before removing from heat stir in cheddar cheese until melted and add spinach. Cook until spinach begins to barely wilt.

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