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Looking for something easy, healthy, and super fast? Cauliflower rice bowls to the rescue! This Pesto Turkey Cauliflower Rice Bowl recipe boasts 3 different vegetables, fast protein in the form of ground turkey, and just 10-15 minutes of TOTAL TIME.
For this recipe we are looking at ground turkey, riced cauliflower, frozen spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and pesto. That's it! The best dairy-free pesto I've found in my area is the Trader Joe's Vegan Kale Cashew Pesto ($3.49), but feel free to make your own Paleo Pesto or purchase whichever brand works for you.
This combination is seriously delicious! Pesto and sun-dried tomatoes are a match made in heaven; add a little ground turkey and vegetables to the mix and you've got yourself a full meal!
Although I'm not a die-hard Whole30-er all year or anything, I do believe very strongly in the basic tenets of eating whole foods. But I also know that it is often financially out of reach for a lot people. Even I can't always afford Primal Kitchens mayo, and I certainly don't have the time to make a full feast every single night.
Since doing my first Whole30 in January (2018), I've been determined to come up with easy, fast, affordable recipes to ensure that the Whole30 elimination doesn't have to come with a mound of dishes and an empty wallet! I get a lot of messages from moms that they can't even spend 30 minutes making dinner - they need something faster.
Determined to find alternatives to packaged dinners, I found myself writing down my own on-the-fly recipes and sharing them with clients in poorly formatted Google Docs to help families increase their vegetable intake (and decrease their refined and processed food intake).
What I've realized is that I now have a beautiful array of super fast Whole30 recipes for the average home cook. AND, they don't absolutely have to be Whole30. You can use it as the "main" part of a larger meal if you're not following the Whole30. And you can pair this dish with a little rice, pasta, roasted potatoes, or whatever makes a meal that works for your family.
These recipes utilize a lot of fast-cooking options, such as ground meat, frozen vegetables, riced cauliflower, and store-bought sauces (like pesto!) in order to keep the hands-on time to a minimum. You can certainly rice your own cauliflower or use fresh vegetables, but as written, the recipes in this series, including this one, are SUPER FAST, and most of them only dirty a single skillet and a spatula!
Vegetarian: No! But you could probably try crumbled tempeh or white beans in place of the turkey?
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Pesto Turkey Cauliflower Rice Bowls
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil, optional - for browning the turkey
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 12 oz cauliflower rice frozen
- 8 oz greens frozen, like spinach
- ¼ cup dairy-free pesto Trader Joe’s Vegan Kale Cashew Pesto, or homemade Paleo Pesto
- 1 ½ oz sun dried tomatoes chopped
- salt to taste if necessary
- In a large skillet, warm the olive or avocado oil and brown turkey, sprinkling it with just a little salt as needed. (About 5 minutes.)
- Add the cauliflower rice and the frozen greens. Cover and cook until warm (about 5 minutes).
- Stir in the chopped sun dried tomatoes and the pesto and combine well. Adjust seasonings as desired - salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, etc. and serve!
Nutrition Label is for 4 Servings (nutrition will vary based on pesto you choose)
I made this exactly as recipe stated and another time with ground chicken and Costco pesto. It was so delicious and incredibly easy to make. This one’s a keeper! I really like your concept of frugal and healthy, and this recipe is a bonus because of how fast and easy it came together. Thank you so much!
Caitlin Self, MS, CNS, LDN
Hi Ruth! What a lovely comment - thank you so much for sharing. I'm so glad this recipe is a good fit for you and that you enjoyed it! - Caitlin
I'm a huge fan of cauliflower rice but haven't tried it with these flavors! Sounds great. Do you think this would work as a vegetarian meal? What protein do you recommend adding?
Caitlin Self, MS, CNS, LDN
Hi Lyn! Great question - white beans are also a fantastic option in place of the turkey. Beans on their own aren't usually enough protein (or filling enough) for a dish like this, so extra nuts or hemp seeds in your pesto or sprinkled on top would be a good fit.