A quick and comforting meal prep idea of veggies on veggies on veggies!
This has been my meal prep go-to for years. Rice and beans have always been such a comforting food for me, and they’re so easy to make in a large batch. It’s evolved quite a bit since I first began making it, but this is it in its most recent form.
How to make Cauliflower Rice & Beans Salad
This meal is
& full of veggies!
Prep the veggies
Preparation for this meal includes mincing an onion and pepper. Use whatever color pepper you’d like. I typically opt for red pepper because they’re a tad sweeter than their other colored pepper counterparts, and they typically have a higher antioxidant and phytonutrient level.
Cauliflower rice: If you can’t find riced cauliflower, or would prefer to rice your own head of cauliflower, now would be a good time to do so.
Whip out two sautee pans. Add oil to one pan (preferably the larger of two), let it heat up over medium heat, then add the peppers and onions. Let these cook for about 15 minutes until soft.
Heat the other pan over medium heat and add the riced cauliflower. Adding oil to this pan is optional, and may help with preventing any sticking. Cook for about 5 minutes until slightly softened. Next, add a can of diced tomatoes, and oregano. Continue cooking for about 15 more minutes, or the liquid has reduced.
Season & add the beans
Once the onion and pepper mix has softened, sprinkle in taco seasoning. Stir and cook for about 2 minutes. In the meantime, open the can of beans, then drain and rinse them. Add them to the pan and mix.
Combine the rice & beans
Once most of the liquid from the cauliflower rice has been reduced, add the rice to the pan with the beans and mix to combine. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly.
Create the salad base
Chop up cabbage, kale, and cilantro and add to a bowl. Option to massage the salad for about a minute to help slightly soften them and make them easier for digestion. Squeeze lime juice onto the salad and toss.
Combine all ingredients
Place the desired amount of greens into a serving bowl or plate, and then top with the desired amount of rice and beans. Serve and enjoy!
This salad can be served warm or cold! Top with avocado and a slice of fresh lime.
Storing and reheating
This is such a great meal for meal prepping. Store the rice and bean mixture and salad mixture in separate containers in the refrigerator for up to a week. Reheat just the rice and beans mixture when you’re ready to eat(or just eat it cold) and add to the salad.
I recommend keeping the rice and beans mixture separate from the salad mixture until you’re ready to eat. If you’re eating this salad warm, the salad will naturally wilt, but this will help prevent the salad from getting too soggy.
Avoid adding salt to the cauliflower mixture until the end. This will help retain a little bit of a crunch, instead of it just turning to mush. Water flows where salt goes. Science.
For visual reference, check out this video!
Cauliflower Rice & Beans Salad
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 pepper, diced
- 1 tbsp neutral oil
- 1 16 oz can black beans
- 1 tsp taco seasoning
- 1 16 oz bag riced cauliflower*
- 1 16 oz can of diced tomatoes
- 1 tsp oregano
- salt to taste
- ½ head cabbage, chopped
- ½ cup kale, chopped
- handful cilantro, chopped
- 1 lime, juiced
- Dice onions and peppers
- Add 1 tbsp oil to a pan over medium heat, and once it's hot, add the onions and peppers. Cook for 15 minutes or until soft. Stir occassionally.
- Heat a separate pan over medium heat(oil is optional), and add the riced cauliflower. Cook for about 5 minutes.
- Add the can of tomato and oregano to the riced cauliflour. Stir and cook for 10 -15 more minutes, or until all the liquid has reduced.
- Add the taco seasoning and beans to the peppers and onions. Stir and cook until the beans are warm.
- Combine the cauliflower rice with the beans and remove them from the heat.
- Chop the cabbage, kale and cilantro, and put everything a large bowl. Toss in lime juice.
- Add the salad base to a bowl or plate and top with the rice and beans mixture.