Asian Meatballs over Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

This Asian Meatballs recipe with cauliflower fried rice is brought to you by just a couple pantry staples and the uber-hip and surprisingly versatile cauliflower for an easy, HEALTHY dinner your whole family will love.

Asian Meatballs over Cauliflower Fried Rice from EricasRecipes.com

Well if you know me, or know this site anyway, you know I am all about quick, easy, healthy, tasty, sneak-in-the-veggies-cuz-I’m-not-good-about-eating-them kinda meals. And if you have followed my recent family diet overhaul, then you know exactly where this meal is coming from. So, now that Labor Day has passed and school is back in full swing for pretty much all of us, I thought now was a good time to give you a new little weeknight option.

So, cauliflower is all the rage and has been for a while. Just check out Pinterest and you will see it a thousand different ways. I have done the cauliflower-as-pizza-crust thing …meh. I have done the cauliflower-as-alfredo thing. …umm, no. …but this was the first time I have tried it as a replacement for rice. And happiness!

Cauliflower as “rice” totally works. Not as a copycat or knock-off. But as its own tasty, healthy, I-can-eat-as-much-as-I-want, quick and easy side dish. My world is changed forever.

Asian Meatballs over Cauliflower Fried Rice from EricasRecipes.com

And the meatballs!! Holy hell are these so good! The entire family – even the 4 year old – ate them up yum. I have been cooking so much seafood and chicken lately, that I just wanted a hit of beef one night, and by using lean beef, these saucy balls are kept light and healthy. Using 93% lean beef, this entire dinner comes in at 281 calories. That’s it. With loads of protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, and iron. Healthy healthy healthy.

So here is the new one folks. Hope you give it a shot and lemme know how you like it! Weeknight dinner, we got this.

Asian Meatballs over Cauliflower Fried Rice from EricasRecipes.com

Asian Meatballs over Cauliflower Fried "Rice"

Erica
This Asian Meatballs recipe is brought to you by just a couple pantry staples and the uber-hip and surprisingly versatile cauliflower for an easy, HEALTHY dinner your whole family will love.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine asian, healthy recipe
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

For the meatballs

  • 1 lb lean ground sirloin
  • 2 Tbs low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs sesame oil
  • 2 Tbs light brown sugar
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • couple pinches fresh cracked pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 Tbs chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley

For the Cauliflower Fried "Rice"

  • 1 head cauliflower cut into florets.
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped green onion
  • 1 medium carrot shredded
  • ½ cup chopped red cabbage
  • 2 Tbs chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine the ingredients for the meatballs. Form into ~2 dozen (1-1/2 inch) balls.
  • Heat a large, cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add meatballs and brown, turning gently, on all sides. Transfer to a rimmed bake sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Bake the meatballs 5-7 minutes or until cooked through.
  • While the meatballs are cooking, prepare the cauliflower rice: add half the cauliflower florets to a food processor and pulse a few times to make the "rice". Repeat with the rest of the cauliflower.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large, nonstick skillet over high heat. Add the cauliflower rice, green onion, carrot, and red cabbage, and give it a quick saute to cook the veggies to al dente (you don't want them soft). Season to taste with kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper. Toss in the cilantro. Serve immediately topped with meatballs (5 or 6 per person). Yields: 4 servings.

Calorie count is purely an estimate calculated using an online application to serve as a guide and not to be taken as accurate nutritional information. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Tried this recipe?Leave a comment below and let me know!

Asian Meatballs over Cauliflower Fried Rice from EricasRecipes.com​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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