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Mexican Cauliflower “Rice” with Vegan Sausage

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Mexican Cauliflower “Rice” with Vegan Sausage

*Adapted from this recipe for Spanish cauliflower “rice”

Here I go again with my cauliflower “rice” obsession.  What can I say, I just love it!  Hopefully you all have given it a try by now and are as excited as I am about all of the possibilities for using it in your dinnertime meals.  And if you haven’t tried it?  Well, you better get to processing and microwaving because you are SO missing out! 😉

Mexican cauliflower rice 7yyIngredients

1 small head of cauliflower, chopped
water, for cooking
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 yellow onion, diced
1/4 red bell pepper, diced
1 link vegan Mexican “sausage,” sliced*
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin
black pepper, to taste
1 cup chunky salsa (I used medium)

Mexican cauliflower rice*I used the Mexican Chipotle flavor of Field Roast brand vegan “sausages.”  P.S., I will never ever stop professing my love for this company!


1. Process the head of cauliflower in two batches in your food processor until it resembles the texture of rice.  Place the cauliflower “rice” in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 4 minutes.  Stir, and continue to microwave for 3 to 4 additional minutes.

2. While the cauliflower is cooking, line a large skillet with a thin layer of water.  Heat over medium-high heat, or until very hot.  Once hot, lower the heat to medium and add garlic, onions, and peppers to the skillet.  Cook the vegetables for 6-8 minutes, or until softened.  Add additional water, as necessary.

3. Stir in the slices of “sausage.”  Cook an additional 5 minutes, or until heated through.

4. Add cooked cauliflower “rice,” seasonings, and salsa to the skillet.  Stir until well-combined.  Heat for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, or until warm.

5. Serve.

Mexican cauliflower rice 8yI served my Mexican Cauliflower “Rice” with Vegan Sausage on its own, but I can only imagine how delicious this would taste scooped up with tortilla chips!

Mexican cauliflower rice 5 editedOne of the things that I love about cooking with cauliflower “rice” is that you can eat a TON of it for a lot fewer calories than rice and you get in a great serving of veggies.  Plus, it tastes delicious, especially when seasoned well.  The spicy seasonings in this dish combined with the salsa really did the trick.  And that vegan sausage?  I cannot wait to cook with that again.  It is definitely spicy and definitely delicious!  If you have never tried cauliflower “rice” or the Field Roast sausages, this is a dish you really must make.  And that is an order! 😉

Mexican cauliflower rice 7yHave a fabulous Friday eve and Friday, blogger friends!  I am heading home tomorrow for Labor Day weekend and I am so beyond excited to see my family, friends, and puppy dogs :).

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  • Alisha's Appetite August 29, 2013, 9:11 pm
    I realllllyyyyy need to try cauliflower rice! Next head I get, I am totally making this! Looks awesome.
  • Taryn August 29, 2013, 10:05 pm
    I just tried cauliflower for the first time a couple weeks ago and was surprised by how much I liked it. This recipe looks/sounds delicious!
  • Brittany August 29, 2013, 11:13 pm
    I NEED to make this rice! YUMMMM I have been slacking sooo hard on making cauliflower rice. I am so sad to say that I don't eat Field Roast much these days because it makes me sooo bloated and gassy..wahh!
  • Ashley August 30, 2013, 5:27 am
    I fully support your cauliflower obsession : ) I really need to try this - we love cauliflower in our house. Have fun at home - hope you enjoy every second!
  • chareatsgreens August 30, 2013, 6:35 am
    I really have been wanting to try those Field Roast sausages, but they're pricier than tofurkey and that's why I usually get those instead. Maybe next time I'll just bite the bullet and get them!!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl August 30, 2013, 1:04 pm
      They are pricey, but SO worth it!! The apple and sage flavor is by far my favorite. You MUST try them! ;)
  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies August 30, 2013, 6:43 am
    I love love love love love (X1,000,000) field roast. I spent a solid 2 years walking right by it in the freezer because I didnt realize it was vegan, and I'd really like those 2 years back! This looks great, Hannah. Enjoy your weekend with your fam.
  • Tara August 30, 2013, 10:16 am
    Bookmarked! I always wanted to try cauliflower as rice and love anything Mexican so I will have to whip some of this up. I might substitute the sausage for chorizo, I'm so excited! Maybe I will surprise my rice-loving boyfriend and see what he thinks of eating veggies instead of refined carbs. :)
  • Alexis August 30, 2013, 11:35 am
    Okay, I've never tried Field Roast but I'm dying to! And though cauli rice kind of makes a mess, it's definitely worth it since you can eat TONS! Looks fab :)
    • hisnhershealthynhappy August 30, 2013, 12:29 pm
      TRY IT!! It's SO darn good. Especially the apple sage flavor!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl August 30, 2013, 1:06 pm
      It makes a big mess, that is for sure, but is SO worth it!! And yes, listen to Ashlee, Field Roast is AMAZING!! Go buy some right now! ;)
  • jessiebearwhat August 30, 2013, 12:00 pm
    yaaaaay- love that someone else uses cauli rice all the time too!
  • hisnhershealthynhappy August 30, 2013, 12:28 pm
    That looks delicious girl! I looooooove me some Field Roast! Is that flavor as good as the apple sage?
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl August 30, 2013, 1:07 pm
      Well, you know how we both are IN LOVE with the apple and sage flavor...so I wouldn't say that it is AS good, but it is still really good. It's definitely spicy, so it would be great with anything Mexican-themed!
  • Christine @ Gotta Eat Green August 30, 2013, 2:30 pm
    Mmmm field roast makes the best vegan sausages! My fav is the smoked apple sage.
  • makingthymeforhealth August 30, 2013, 2:49 pm
    Yum! I love field roast sausages and this looks so good. As all of your food does! Have a fun weekend playing with pups! :)
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl August 30, 2013, 10:03 pm
      Thanks so much, I really appreciate that!! And I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend, as well :).
  • Audrey August 30, 2013, 4:59 pm
    Oh wow, bookmarking! Love the idea of making cauliflower rice...awesome!
  • Amanda August 30, 2013, 5:55 pm
    I made this with an egg - kind of like fried rice instead of using the sausage (it's not sold around here), and it was delicious! Thanks for the idea :)
  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats August 31, 2013, 12:34 am
    Yum!! I have some cauliflower in my fridge that needs ricing! This recipe looks great, I've just bookmarked it to try!
  • Meredith August 31, 2013, 6:47 am
    Mmmmm I love cauliflower rice...you got me hooked Hannah! So glad I tried it!
  • IHeartVegetables August 31, 2013, 9:09 am
    I love cauliflower rice but I haven't done it in a long time! I really need to do it again!
  • alexvegginout August 31, 2013, 9:36 am
    I can't believe I stiiilll haven't tried cauliflower rice! And now I'm at school and don't have access to a food processor... winter break for sure though! Hold me to it ;)
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl August 31, 2013, 12:32 pm
      Aww man, what a bummer!! Maybe you could buy a mini food processor. It would take a bit longer (and it is kind of messy to make), but it could work!
  • cquek August 31, 2013, 11:31 am
    What a nice flavor combo! Thank you for sharing!
  • Katherine August 31, 2013, 6:21 pm
    I live right on the border of Mexico, so a healthier approach to Mexican Rice is so cool to me! I've been slowly trying to eat more and more vegan foods, but living near Mexico makes this SO hard. Seriously, we love our meat down here, but your blog makes it so much easier! I love the idea of cauliflower rice! YUM!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl August 31, 2013, 8:33 pm
      I am so glad to hear that you are finding some vegetarian inspiration here on my blog. Trying to go meatless now and then is a great goal!
  • jessielovestorun September 1, 2013, 7:50 am
    Cauliflower rice is so good. I've been all about mexican/southwestern dishes lately. I got some baked BBQ chickpeas that I've been mixing with quinoa, corn, black beans, salsa, asparagus and mozz. cheese.

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