Cauliflower in Trendy Bowls

From Acai bowls to protein bowls to poke bowls; putting food in bowls is definitely the trend. What is it about putting food in bowls that is so darn attractive? In my opinion, it’s the ability to layer ingredients in a way that satisfies both the eyes and the palate. Using wholesome ingredients with bright colors makes the food you eat something extremely appealing, maybe even snapchat worthy. My version of a protein bowl is quick and simple but at the same time offers a filling meal full of vitamins and protein.

Vegetarian version.

While shopping at Sam’s Club the other day, I came across Cauliflower Pearls. I have always been a big fan of cauliflower but not a big fan of the messy process of breaking down the whole floweret. This bag saved me the hassle of breaking it down by conveniently placing the small pieces of cauliflower in a steamtable bag. I knew I wanted to make this cauliflower a component in my bowl. I started by pouring about two tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil in a medium saucepan on medium heat. When the olive oil was hot I poured the entire bag of cauliflower into the pan with about half a cup of water. I covered the saucepan and let the cauliflower cook for about 5 minutes.

Chicken was my choice of protein here.

It was time to take the cauliflower to “flavor town” as The Great Guy Fieri would say. I seasoned with a good amount of salt and pepper and then added two or three teaspoons of cayenne. My love for spice is never-ending and I knew it wasn’t going to stop there. I reached for my trusted Frank’s Red Hot in Buffalo Style and added a generous amount. Lastly, I mixed in two tablespoons of taco-inspired hummus (another Sam’s find). I covered the pan and let the cauliflower cook until it was soft and had a texture similar to cooked rice (about 10-15 minutes).

Vegan version with a veggie patty as the protein.

Once it was taken off the heat and had cooled for a bit, I grabbed a bowl and filled it with spinach and arugula. I added a couple of spoonfuls of the sautéed cauliflower, a scoop of hummus and a hard-boiled egg. The warm, soft cauliflower tasted amazing in contrast to the crisp greens and cool hummus. It was delicious. The next day I replaced the egg with some grilled chicken pieces and was also satisfied by this version. To get my vegan roomie on board, I made her the exact same bowl and replaced the protein with a Morning Star vegetable patty. Eating on the go was made easy because the one bag of cauliflower lasted about three meals. All I had to do was reheat it and go on my way.

What I loved about this recipe was that it had everything you would want in a meal while being extremely customizable. The texture and flavor of the cauliflower as well as the protein choice could be easily changed based on your preferences. Easy, delicious and healthy; talk about trendy.

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