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Sausage and Veggie Cauliflower Rice

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Sausage and Veggie Cauliflower Rice is the epitome of the perfect Summertime dish… and it’s totally customize-able with all of your favorite veggies!

Sausage and Veggie Cauliflower Rice {Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Nightshade-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Egg-Free, Paleo-Friendly} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comIf there is one dish that epitomizes my Summer this year, this is it.  And guess what?  I can basically take zero credit for it!

Sausage and Veggie Cauliflower Rice {Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Nightshade-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Egg-Free, Paleo-Friendly} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comMy friend Erin posted a “random” dinner creation on Instagram back in June.  The gist of it was rice, zucchini, frozen corn and broccoli, chicken sausage, and a whole ‘lotta Dijon mustard.  Delicious, right?

I’m quite certain I made this version of it at least three times between the middle of June to the beginning of July.  Clearly it had become an obsession.

Sausage and Veggie Cauliflower Rice {Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Nightshade-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Egg-Free, Paleo-Friendly} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comOnce July hit, though, I had to switch things up a bit.  Not because I was bored of it (I’m not sure that’d be possible), but because most grains needed to take a backseat for awhile as I began working with my functional medicine practitioner.  That meant that white rice became cauliflower rice and corn became peas and asparagus.  Luckily, the zucchini, chicken sausage, and Dijon all got to stick around.

Sausage and Veggie Cauliflower Rice {Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Nightshade-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Egg-Free, Paleo-Friendly} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comBut do you know what royally sucks?  Royally <– No I’m not being dramatic.  Read on.

I had a food sensitivity test (which I still have mixed feelings about since they can produce false negatives and positives) done in July and got my results back only to find out that I am apparently sensitive to so many of my favorite foods… one of them being AVOCADO!  That’s right, folks.  No more avocado or guacamole for me for awhile (food sensitivities normally don’t last forever and foods can usually be reintroduced once the gut is healed)!!  Should we all go have a cry fest?

Sausage and Veggie Cauliflower Rice {Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Nightshade-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Egg-Free, Paleo-Friendly} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comWho am I kidding?  YOU probably aren’t sensitive to avocado!  So why would you be crying?  But pretty please at least feel a little bit sorry for me.  And be sure to eat #alltheavocado on this dish since I can’t.  Hummus will have to suffice even though we know it is totally not up to par.

Sausage and Veggie Cauliflower Rice {Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Nightshade-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Egg-Free, Paleo-Friendly} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comSausage and Veggie Cauliflower Rice
Paleo-Friendly, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Nightshade-Free, Nut-Free, Whole 30

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

1 large head of cauliflower, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 chicken sausages (I love these)
1 heaping TB of red palm oil
1/2 of a large red onion, diced
1 medium zucchini, chopped (yellow squash also works)
1 bag of frozen veggies*
1/4 cup of packed cilantro, finely chopped
1 1/2 TB of garlic powder
1 TB of onion powder
1/2 TB of ground turmeric
1 tsp of fine sea salt
1 tsp of freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp of ground ginger
1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
4 green onions, chopped
Dijon mustard, guacamole, and/or hummus for topping

*Choose whatever vegetable(s) you love for a total of approximately 2 cups worth.  I went with frozen peas and frozen cut asparagus.  Swap out the peas with broccoli for a Paleo version.

Directions

1. Begin by ricing the cauliflower. Place chopped florets in a food processor and process until it resembles the texture of rice.  Be careful not to over-process.  Set aside.

2. Once the cauliflower is riced, heat sausages over medium heat, flipping occasionally, for approximately 10 minutes.  Once cooled, slice into half-inch rounds.

3. While the sausage is warming, begin sauteing the remaining vegetables.  Heat red palm oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Once hot, lower the heat to medium and add red onion and zucchini.  Saute for approximately five minutes.  Add chosen frozen veggies, cover, and continue cooking for approximately 10 minutes.  Stir occasionally.

4. Once the veggies are cooked through, stir in sausages, cauliflower rice, and cilantro.  Season and stir until mixed well.

5. Top with green onions, mustard, and desired dip.

Sausage and Veggie Cauliflower Rice {Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Nightshade-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Egg-Free, Paleo-Friendly} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comI’m going to go eat this while having a guacamole funeral.

Sausage and Veggie Cauliflower Rice {Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Nightshade-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Egg-Free, Paleo-Friendly} | cleaneatingveggiegirl.comSimple Sausage and Veggie Cauliflower Rice that is packed with nutrients! #glutenfree #healthy Click To Tweet

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  • Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola July 25, 2016, 9:03 am

    I’m a huge cauliflower fan so I will have to try out the recipe! I like how versatile it is.

    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 25, 2016, 9:45 am

      Yes.. you can literally make it your own with whatever protein/veggies you like the best!

  • Divya @ Eat teach Blog July 25, 2016, 12:04 pm

    Gah – a guacamole funeral 🙁 So sad.

    This looks amazing – can’t wait to try!

    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 25, 2016, 12:41 pm

      Right? I want to cry just thinking about not eating it for SO long! 🙁

  • Alli O July 27, 2016, 7:35 am

    That’s terrible about avocado! I actually recently was wondering if I have a sensitivity to avocado too since it doesn’t always seem to sit well, but I’m not sure I can give it up! Hopefully this helps though and you can eat it again soon!
    The dish looks awesome, going to give it a try soon!

    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 27, 2016, 8:22 am

      Might be worth a shot if you think you are reacting poorly to it. Trust me, if I can give it up, anyone can 😉

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