turkey cauliflower fried rice

Serves: 4 Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 20 minutes

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ingredients

  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms

  • ½ cup grated zucchini

  • 4 cup “riced” cauliflower (*see note for how to make)

  • ¼ cup frozen green peas

  • ¼ cup green onions, sliced

  • Optional garnishes: sesame seeds, green onions, microgreens, chopped cilantro, hot sauce

  • 1 lb ground turkey

  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil

  • ¼ tsp sea salt

  • ¼ tsp ground ginger

  • ½ tsp garlic powder

  • ½ tsp onion powder

  • ½ cup red or yellow bell pepper

sauce ingredients

  • ¼ cup tamari or soy sauce

  • ½ tsp chili paste or hot sauce (optional) 

  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil

make it

  1. Add 2 tbsp sesame oil a large cast iron skillet and place on medium-high heat. Once hot, add the ground turkey, using a spoon to break it up into small pieces. Season the turkey with sea salt, ground ginger, onion powder and garlic powder. Stir the turkey to coat well with spices, and continue to cook until no pink remains, about 8-10 minutes. 

  2. As the turkey is cooking, prepare the veggies for cooking: slice the mushrooms and green onions, chop the pepper and grate the zucchini. Once the turkey has fully cooked, transfer it from the pan to a plate and set aside. To the same cast iron pan that you cooked the turkey in, turn the heat down to medium-low, add a splash of water and use a spoon or spatula to scrape up any browned bits. Add the bell pepper and mushrooms and cook until just soft, about 5 minutes. 

  3. Make the sauce while the veggies cook: add all sauce ingredients to a bowl and whisk well to combine; set aside.

  4. Once the veggies are soft, add the grated zucchini and cauliflower rice to the pan; use a spoon to mix well. Turn the heat up to medium-high to allow any water to evaporate. When the cauliflower and zucchini are cooked, and no water remains, add the cooked ground turkey, peas and green onions to the pan. Pour the sauce over the veggies and ground turkey; mix well to coat and allow the sauce to heat through for 2-3 minutes.

  5. Serve the cauliflower fried rice with additional hot sauce and garnish with sliced green onions, sesame seeds, microgreens or chopped cilantro.

riced cauliflower

To make your own: place cauliflower florets into a food processor. Pulse several times until the cauliflower is finely ground and resembles rice. You can also grate a head of cauliflower using a box grater to achieve the rice consistency.

Alternatively, ready-made cauliflower “rice” can be purchase in the fresh or frozen section at most grocery stores.

Tip: Looking for something a little bit “heartier?” No problem! Simply swap 1 cup of the cauliflower “rice” for 1 cup of brown rice. You’ll still get the benefit of plenty of vegetables but the addition of brown rice helps make this dish a little bit more filling.