Cajun Cauliflower Rice

Cajun Cauliflower Rice

Do you ever have a craving for something but you cannot quite figure out what for? That was me last week while at the grocery store. I knew I wanted cauliflower rice, but I wanted a change from my normal routine. My default for food tends to be something that is Mexican, mainly because I live in Southern California and love Mexican food. This week I wanted to change my routine to make sure I do not get bored. I was standing right by the meat section and I had an epiphany. Why not make something Cajun, like dirty rice? I had all of the ingredients except for the shrimp, so grabbed a bag and went home to make this meal. I love cauliflower rice but adding this seasoning to it satisfied that craving. You can always make your own Cajun spice blend or buy some, just watch out for the sodium content. 

1 head of cauliflower, riced

1 package polish sausage, sliced

1 pound of shrimp, peeled and veins removed

1 green bell pepper, finely diced

1/2 small white onion, finely diced

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 Roma tomato

1-2 tablespoons coconut oil

CAJUN SEASONING: 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, 1 tablespoon smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon oregano, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon onion powder and 1/2 teaspoon thyme

Prep all of the vegetables; chop the onion, bell pepper, tomato and turn the head of cauliflower into rice. 

I really wish I could have you guys smell the screen. The smells of the onions with the spices was just devine

I really wish I could have you guys smell the screen. The smells of the onions with the spices was just devine

In a large pan, heat the coconut oil over medium heat; saute the onions for 3 minutes, then add the bell pepper. Saute until soft, about 3-4 more minutes. Add the tomato paste and spread evenly over the vegetables. Add a good spoonful of the Cajun spices. 

Now, start adding the cauliflower rice one cup at a time, adding another spoonful of the Cajun seasoning each time you add a cup of the cauliflower. This ensures the seasoning is spread evenly throughout the rice. Continue until all the rice is added. Lower the heat to low, add the chopped tomatoes and stir. 

In a separate non-stick pan, heat a small amount of coconut oil over medium high heat. Cook the shrimp (but do not crowd the pan) and sprinkle the remaining Cajun seasoning on top. Cook about 3 minutes, shrimp cooks fast, so really monitor it. Otherwise your shrimp will get rubbery. Transfer directly to the rice and stir to incorporate. Now, in the same pan, add the sausage and cook for just under 5 minutes. 

Add the sausage to the pan with the rice and stir. Leave on low another minute or two. Scoop out some to eat and enjoy! 

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