Have you seen rice-alternatives at the grocery store like “riced” cauliflower or broccoli? Looks tempting, we we’ve found that the texture and taste don’t exactly mimic rice or a similar starch like quinoa or couscous. However, the idea of cutting back your carb count by serving veggies in lieu of a starch is a good one. So, how do we recommend trying these rice alternatives?
Serve them as a “bowl” meal! Many restaurants are now serving these healthy alternatives to a salad. Basically, instead of your meat, starch and veggies being segregated on a plate, all three items are tossed together in a bowl after being cooked separately. This way, each bite includes all the flavors. This is a great way to try “healthier” starches like quinoa, without having to love the taste or texture.
- Start with 1 serving (usually 1/2 cup) of your cooked “riced” cauliflower or broccoli in the bottom of the bowl. We also like quinoa because its higher in protein or 1/2 cup diced and baked sweet potato.
- Then, add your protein (already cut up into bite sized pieces). Grilled or baked chicken, pork, steak or fish- you pick.
- Then top with a serving of veggies (a full cup, also chopped into bite sized pieces). We like steamed green beans, sugar snap peas, broccoli or asparagus.
- Last, toss with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, OR a dash or two of soy sauce, OR a tablespoon or two of any low-carb sauce or marinade.
Warm, nutritious and delicious! Bon Appetit!
Check out this tasty recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen for Slow Cooker Low-Carb Cauliflower Rice and Greek Chicken Bowls. Yum!