Our clients often ask what we’re eating and if we have any easy “go to” meals. Meal Bowls can be a really tasty option. This is one that I (Robyn) eat often. It’s grain free, low carb and high in protein. The whole family can eat this and you can certainly substitute some components for them. If you prefer you can use a grain instead of the riced cauliflower, or use corn tortillas instead of a bowl. Use grilled fish like I did in this recipe or perhaps protein leftovers. Either way, this meal will only take 5-15 minutes!
There are lots of options with this meal. Eat it as a bowl or like a taco in lettuce wraps if you have butter lettuce or romaine on hand. Also, you can substitute any protein you choose, steak, chicken, ground beef, ground turkey, shrimp, tofu or tempeh.
Today I didn’t use leftover protein instead I grilled up some wild caught Mahi Mahi
For the fish, I rubbed on olive oil, garlic, salt and blackened seasoning, The seasoning I use is Cajun’s Choice Blackened Seasoning. You can certainly make up your own seasoning mixture, but this one is good and quicker than mixing up my own blend. I used frozen Mahi Mahi that I had set out on the counter this morning and it was thawed by noon. Fresh is always great too.
My favorite gadget when grilling fish is this inexpensive grilling basket. It keeps your fish from sticking to the barbecue and breaking up in pieces. It works perfect every time. I just lay my fish fillets on it, lock it to closed and lay it on my BBQ at medium high for 4 minutes and then flip it over for another 4 minutes and the fish comes out perfect every single time. I got mine on Amazon Click Here
My special ingredient that makes this meal in a bowl so tasty is the Trader Joes Frozen Spicy Mexican-Style Riced Cauliflower. It has tomatoes, bell pepper and jalapenos plus a little olive oil and spices. This cooks up really quick on the stove top or you can microwave it. It has quite a kick to it so if you don’t like spicy, just get the regular fresh or frozen riced cauliflower.
The last thing to do while you are warming your cauliflower rice and your protein, is too chop up your condiments. I use diced avocado, chopped cilantro and a little fresh salsa. You could also add some chopped onion or scallion, shredded cabbage and/or carrot, and a little bit of corn kernels. The sky is the limit with extra veggies. Also for those that want to indulge: A little shredded cheese or crumbled feta or goat cheese or a dollop of sour cream would be delicious. Don’t forget a fresh squeeze of lime is that extra flavor that makes a big difference. Now you get to decide whether you want to eat it as a wrap or a bowl! I ended up eating it both ways today! The wrap is definitely messier in the lettuce leaves. This entire meal took me just over 10 minutes to prepare and that includes grilling the fish. If I had used another leftover protein, it would have taken me about 5 minutes. Enjoy!
2 5 oz. Fillets of Mahi Mahi (or choose a leftover protein of choice)
2 Teaspoons olive oil
1 Teaspoon grated or chopped garlic
1/2 Teaspoon cajon seasoning
Salt & pepper
2 Cups Trader Joes Mexican-Style Riced Cauliflower or Plain
2-4 Lime slices
2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 Tablespoons Fresh Salsa ( I like La Chilean)
6 Butter lettuce leaves (optional)
Other Optional Garnishes:
1/4 Cup shredded cheese or crumbled cheese
2 Tablespoons sour cream
1/4 Cup of corn
1/2 Cup shredded cabbage
Preheat BBQ or grill to med-high heat.
Rub fish with olive oil and crushed garlic on both sides, then season both sides with salt, pepper and blackened seasoning and let marinate a couple minutes while grill is heating up. Lay fish grilling basket on BBQ and open top. Place fillets down on the bottom of basket, close and lock the basket lid. Close BBQ top and grill for 4 minutes. Flip fish basket over and grill for another 4 minutes. Remove from heat.
While the fish is cooking: Warm up cauliflower rice on stovetop or microwave, chop cilantro and dice avocado, slice lime and prep any other condiments you are using.
If serving in a bowl, scoop 1 cup of cauliflower rice in bowl and then layer on the grilled fish. ( l like to slice it rather than put on whole). Top with avocado, cilantro, salsa and a squeeze of lime or any other garnish you choose. Enjoy from the bowl or scoop out portions of all of it into lettuce wraps and eat like a taco.
Makes 2 Servings