I’m not a big lunch person.
Lunch was just always so boring.
After my mother gave up making our lunches because we never ate them, my sister and I started making our own lunches in elementary school. It wasn’t that hard, but somehow we rarely had the presence of mind to take leftovers. That meant that lunch, from elementary school through most of high school, was a sandwich, a piece of fruit or vegetable, and something else, be it more fruit, trail mix, or a cookie.
Suffice to say that I still don’t put a whole lot of thought into lunch.
At school, it’s generally salad with a large portion of protein. In a bag lunch situation, it’s generally cooked chicken or steak with raw veggies, hummus, and fruit. Or a larabar.
But I was so tired of chicken today.
Sadly though, I cooked a bunch of it yesterday for lunch for the rest of the week. It seemed stupid to waste it.
And then there was the cauliflower rice.
It’s been sitting in my freezer, in case of emergencies. And today counts as an emergency.
Cauliflower rice is truly awesome. I really like vegetables, but eating meat and vegetables over and over again gets boring; change the shape of the vegetable, and it’s an entirely different product! It also freezes really well and can be whipped out for any occasion.
This took about 10 minutes to make and was wonderfully delicious.
Emergency Spiced Cauliflower Rice
1 medium carrot
¼ white/yellow onion
½ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
1 cup cauliflower rice*
½ large chicken breast, chopped into small pieces
1 tbsp duck fat (coconut oil, lard or butter)
Put about half the duck fat into a skillet n medium heat to melt. Add the cauliflower and onion, and let them sauté for 3-4 minutes. Meanwhile, dice the carrot and chop up the chicken. Add the ginger, cinnamon, and salt to the cauliflower, followed by the carrot and chicken. Sauté for another 3-4 minutes, until the carrot pieces start to soften. Then turn up the heat a little bit and add the remaining duck fat. Continue to cook until things start to get golden and delicious looking. Then go have lunch and make all of your sandwich-eating friends jealous! Enjoy!
*if you haven’t made cauliflower rice before, it’s really simple: just take a washed head of cauliflower and grate it like you would cheese. For faster results, you could also cut it into chunks and put it in the food processor until there are small, grain-like pieces.
Also, it’s supposed to be in the 80s all week here…I thought it was almost October, but guess not. Nothing like a crisp, windy fall day…hopefully they’ll arrive soon!