My dear friend Dar loves loves loves lettuce wraps. As Rob and I were assembling this delicious dinner I could not get her off my mind. So we called them the “DD wraps” in honor of our lovely friend, Dar. She is refreshing and and light and amazing… just like these wraps.
Full of color and flavor… not to mention a HOST of nutrients! Dig in!
Grind the cauliflower into (for a how to, click here) cauliRICE. (This can be done the day before or morning of to save time. Just keep in a bowl, covered in the refrigerator.)
Use half the chopped onion and 1 teaspoon garlic, sauteing for about 5 minutes (you can use oil if using a non-stick pan).
Then add the cauliRICE with half a packet of taco seasoning (should be about 2 tablespoons worth of seasoning) and saute for another 5 minutes.
Add about 1 1/2 -2 cups of tomato sauce to the cauliRICE, stir, cover and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Stir again, and simmer for remaining 5 minutes. (Total 20 minutes in the pan). You can eye it here… if you prefer it to be softer, give it a little more time. This is pretty hard to mess up. My kind of dish!
Meanwhile, saute the rest of the yellow onion in a separate pan until soft.
Add the ground organic turkey and the remaining half packet of taco seasoning, and cook until browned (about 5 minutes)
Add the remainder of tomato sauce (about 2 cups worth) and simmer for about 15 minutes.
Rinse the lettuce leaves and make “cups” out of the lettuce (you cant be a perfectionist here).
Add cauliRICE, top with ground turkey. Add corn salsa, avocado and organic sour cream (if you are not dairy free, the sour cream adds an amazing touch to these tacos.) Enjoy!
Side note: You can prepare the cauliRICE and ground organic turkey the day before, keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator and serve the next day with very little time and prep. This is a great option for a dinner party.
“CauliRICE”… Confession – I did not want to make this dish. I love rice. White rice, brown rice, jasmine rice, I love it all. Why in the world would you want to change something that is perfect? Well, on days when you want to eat a few less carbs or rather, add in a few more vegetables this is the meal for you! Surprisingly, VERY surprisingly, this “cauliRICE” taste delicious. We were not afraid to add coconut milk, curry spices and a generous squeeze of lime juice but in the end, we had a delicious, healthy meal. I feel it my duty to forewarn you. As you begin to grind up the cauliflower, it stinks…something fierce. Like the kind where Rob and I looked at each other at the same time and said with our eyes “It wasn’t me!” Yep, that bad. I used room spray after I made it. But worth it! The smell lessons as you begin to cook it so hold your nose and give it a try!
You do not need a fancy kitchen tool to make this happen. The blender works just fine. I used our vita mix on the lowest speed, doing small batches so as not to make cauliMASH and it worked. That was after grating half the head of cauliflower by hand with a cheese grader. Sigh. You learn.
Mix 1/3 cup coconut milk with 1 tablespoon curry powder. Whisk together, add strips of uncooked chicken breast. Let marinate for 30 minutes or longer.
Grind the cauliflower in the blender or food processor until it resembles rice.
Melt the coconut oil in a large skillet. Add onions, 5 minutes.
Add the cauliRICE and saute for another 5 minutes.
Pour in coconut milk, lime juice, honey and salt & pepper, stir.
Let cook for about 15 minutes. You can taste the “rice” and see if it needs a little more of something otherwise, cook until softened. While the rice is cooking, saute the marinated chicken in a small pan over medium heat.
Plate the “rice” add chopped cilantro and cashews, top with chicken. Add a wedge of lime.
This dish takes very little time to make if you pre shred the cauliflower and marinate the chicken before hand. Also, we used the thai cashews from trader joe’s and they were delicious! They add a great kick and nice crunch!
*This recipe was inspired by Danielle Walker’s “Coconut-lime Rice” from her cookbook Against All Grain. Check it out!