This cauliflower rice with black beans is a clean eating Mexican-inspired meal, delicious on its own, scooped up by the spoonful, or it can served with tacos, quesadillas, and more. Prepare it for the family on meatless Mondays – it’s so delicious that even meat-eaters will love it!
Since choosing to follow a plant-based diet a few years ago, I’ve come to the realization that cauliflower is one of the most versatile vegetables, and makes for an ideal key ingredient in so many different vegetarian dishes. It’s filling and flavourful, and is a perfect substitute for rice and ground meats, thanks to its grainy texture. It also packs a punch of nutrition – one serving contains 77% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C, and it’s a great source of other vitamins.
My family is not as keen on cauliflower as I am, but I am convinced that one day I will convert them. Almost every Wednesday’s dinner is Tex-Mex-inspired, whether it be tostadas, quesadillas, or rice dishes. This healthy vegetable rice is a tasty way to ease them into vegan fare – it’s delicious and filling, and tastes delicious with Tex-Mex flavours. This vegan rice has plenty of serving options – wrapped in lettuce for a gluten-free meal option, stuffed in tacos or quesadillas, or as a topping for nachos. This recipe is also a cinch to personalize by adding whichever vegan or non-vegan garnish you prefer – fresh cilantro or parsley, olives, Greek yogurt or sour cream, scallions, red onions, Sriracha or jalapenos, plant-based or regular cheese, fresh avocado or tomatoes, or fresh lime juice, to name a few.
If you try this recipe (and love it!) be sure to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram with #bitesforfoodies so I can see your creation!