I’ve got a little spice to add to your Meatless Mondays. Actually a whole lotta spice. Enough to make you want to start belly dancing to village music.
This Moroccan tomato sauce includes sautéed onions, peppers, garlic, chickpeas, edamame and a slew of lively spices. It’s blanketed over a pillow of cilantro cauliflower rice (or “couscous”) making it extremely light, yet ultra satisfying.
I absolutely love how boldly-spiced most Moroccan dishes are. You’ll often taste notes of ginger, turmeric, saffron, cumin, paprika and my personal favorite, harissa, in a lot of zesty Moroccan dishes.
Harissa is a vibrant seasoning that is traditionally made with hot chilies, garlic, cumin and coriander. Not only does it add the perfect kick of spice to sauces and spreads, but it can also be used to create a bold, spicy rub for roasted and grilled meats. This spice should definitely be added to your collection for all of the above!
I’ll be honest. I struggle going completely meatless for meals, with the exception of breakfast. I usually find myself hungry again an hour later because the meal was either too high in carbohydrates (#carbcrash) or too low in protein. I wanted to make this dish relatively low in carbohydrates, yet amped up with some quality plant-based protein. I truly didn’t miss the meat one bit.
Let’s also talk about this cauliflower rice. You guys. It is easy peasy and takes less than 10 minutes to prepare. Throw some chopped cauliflower in a food processor, pulse for ~10 seconds, transfer it to a heated skillet with a little olive oil and let it cook for 10 minutes. Voila! A lower calorie, lower carb alternative to rice that takes a fraction of the time.
Major food crush.
I like to season mine with sea salt, pepper and some kind of herb. In this case, cilantro. Parsley works great for just about any other dish you pair it with. You just gotta season it with SOMETHIN’ or it’s else its way too plain jane. Your options, however, are limitless.
The cauliflower absorbs flavors like a sponge, so I found it’s always better the next day. Make-ahead lunches for the win!
Also, since this dish is meatless, it should stay good up to 4-5 days refrigerated….. A lot of winning going on right now.
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