Cheater Mexican Cauliflower Rice

Cheater, cheater pumpkin eater... okay maybe not with pumpkin... but I did make some delicious Mexican cauliflower rice using only a few ingredients so it felt like I was cheating! What I mean by cheating is making the recipe quicker and easier to make than the traditional method. I know it isn't your traditional Mexican rice, but it sure is yummy and that is what matters! Right?!

This recipe makes 6 (3/4 cup) servings so you will still need another Green and a half for the day. I had grilled Southwestern shrimp leftover so I decided to use this rice to make a delicious salad! No boring salad for me! I used 7 ounces of grilled shrimp (1 Lean), 1 1/2 cups lettuce (1.5 Greens), 3/4 cup Mexican cauliflower rice (1.5 Greens), and a tablespoon of light ranch dressing (1/2 Healthy Fat) to make my salad. You don't need a lot of dressing because the Mexican cauliflower rice adds flavor to the salad as well!

To season the shrimp, I used Stacey Hawkins Southwestern seasoning with a tsp of Roasted Garlic Oil. Then I skewered the shrimp and threw it on the grill. I love Stacey Hawkins seasonings because it takes the guess work out of determining how much of THIS spice and THAT spice I need to create a certain seasoning blend. Not to mention, they taste great! You can purchase her seasonings HERE!

Quick and easy Mexican style shrimp salad with a drizzle of light ranch dressing!

I also enjoyed broiled tilapia seasoned with Stacey Hawkins Citrus Dill Seasoning, Garlic Gusto Seasoning, and a tsp of  her Roasted Garlic oil on top which gives it more garlic flavor! I added 3/4 cup of roasted broccoli and 3/4 cup Mexican cauliflower rice to complete my Lean and Green for the day! Delicious, quick and easy meals! Trust me... you don't have to eat the same thing over and over again!

To make the Mexican cauliflower rice, use already grated or riced cauliflower. It will make your life easier! I used this one from Trader Joes and love it! They actually have fresh or frozen grated cauliflower. This particular one was in the frozen section.

Add a tablespoon of oil to a large skillet and heat over medium heat. Add the partially frozen cauliflower to the skillet and cook for about 10 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender.

Salsa is your main ingredient! Well... besides grated cauliflower of course! This is why I call this cheater Mexican cauliflower rice! The salsa has all the ingredients (tomato, onion, green chilies, jalapenos, and spices) you need to make this cauliflower rice have Mexican flavors. Add your salsa and additional cumin and stir until combined. That's it! Ready in less than 15 minutes! Enjoy!

Cheater Mexican Cauliflower Rice


4 1/2 cups grated cauliflower (9 Greens) ~ I used partially defrosted Trader Joes riced cauliflower
3/4 cup salsa (12 Condiments)
1/2 tsp taco seasoning (1 Condiment)
1 tbsp olive oil (3 Healthy Fats) ~ I used Stacey Hawkins Roasted Garlic Oil


Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat.
Add cauliflower and cook for about 10 minutes or until cauliflower is tender.
Season with salt and pepper if desired, but subtract from your condiments.
Stir in salsa and cumin. Stir until combined,
Divide into 6 equal portions.

6 Servings (3/4 cup) with 1.5 Greens, 2.16 Condiments, and 1/2 Healthy Fat per serving

1 comment

  1. Sandy- First and foremost I love your blog. Im not someone that loves to cook in fact its safe to say I would eat take out all day every day. I recently started Optavia or TSFL and I have to say your blog is a god send. The recipes seem easy and have normal ingredients. Plus thanks to you I wouldn't be giving up anything lol. I know you probably make meals based off family but was wondering if you knew of a honey walnut shrimp recipe thats lean and green? One of the few things hard to give up. Thanks! Lisa


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