Clean eating has become such a trend these days. From #FitLife to #FitChicks, healthier lifestyles have turned into the popular thing to do. I love to watch people, particularly my family and friends, make healthier life choices. And while I don’t profess to be a clean eater 100% of the time, I do like experimenting and cleaning up some of my favorite southern dishes.
Growing up my mom always used to make dirty rice. It was quick and easy, but most of all it was filling. She had to feed a family of five on a tight budget so most of our meals were very starch heavy because she never wanted to send us to bed still hungry. And whenever rice didn’t do the trick, she would tell us to eat a slice of bread and then drink some water.
I am not a huge fan of potatoes so I have an affinity for rice dishes. I still eat rice with just about every meal–it reminds me of my childhood, and dirty rice is a comfort food for me. One day I decided I wanted to try and clean it up a bit. I had been experimenting with cauliflower rice, something I discovered on someone’s Instagram page. I figured, if cauliflower works as plain rice, then I can certainly use it for various rice dishes like fried rice, Spanish rice and of course dirty rice.
So I called the man up and told him we were having dirty rice for dinner. He was actually pretty excited about it…until he walked in the kitchen.”I thought you said dirty rice. That looks pretty clean to me.” Despite his confusion about the clean, dirty rice, he actually enjoyed it and came back for seconds. RC for the win!
Here is the quick and easy recipe for my clean “dirty rice”
- 1 medium head of raw cauliflower
- 1 lb lean ground turkey
- 2 tbsp of olive oil
- whatever seasonings you like
➡️ coat a sauce pain in olive oil
➡️ heat oil and add turkey
➡️ add seasonings and cook until done
While the turkey is cooking:
➡️ cut the cauliflower off the stalk
➡️ pulse in the blender a few pieces at a time
Once the turkey is cooked:
➡️ add the cauliflower into the pan
➡️ add any additional seasonings for taste
➡️ add 1 tbsp of olive oil
➡️ heat for 3-5 minutes or until desired tenderness
✳️ Do not overcook
✳️ The man added soy sauce to his for some additional flavor