Healthy Lunch: Chicken Enchilada Bowl with Cauliflower Rice

I’ve been trying to get on the get with being healthy. I somehow managed to gain freaking 10 lbs (yes, you read that correctly) over the course of the move. Putting me at my heaviest weight (not counting pregnancy). I’m uncomfortable. I’m tired.

I started a fitness challenge and am on my 3rd week of that, but my eating has been crap. As my friend Sonya likes to say, I’ve been “treating my body like a trash can”. Eating crap, whenever, however I can get it. Dinners I meal plan for so I find them to be somewhat easier. Lunches are where I struggle. After dinner and at night while watching TV is another struggle, but that’s for another time.

I started pinning the shit out of healthy lunch ideas for adults and decided to start planning my lunches like I do with the kids. I bought all kinds of healthy crap that I can throw together. One recipe I pinned that would make enough for more than one lunch intrigued me so I gave it a go.

Cauliflower rice? I’m sure I’m late on discovering this was a thing (as I am with most food trends). It was super easy. Didn’t take nearly as long as those damn zoodles do. I used this recipe.

I threw a pack of boneless skinless chicken breasts in the crockpot for 4 hours on low with a can of mild red enchilada sauce. I put it in after dropping the kids off and it was ready by lunch time. Yass! Then I started on the rice. I bought a bag like this because I’m lazy.

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Then I cut some of the florets in half so they weren’t as big and threw them all in my Ninja. I pulsed 15 times (per the recipe) until it was about the size of couscous.

So far I was impressed. Mainly because anytime there is an instruction to do something until something else is a certain consistency, I eff it up. I took a skillet and sprayed with a shit ton of cooking spray (also per the recipe) and then threw the cauliflower in. I let it cook for about 4 minutes and then put in those things on the right (plus salt which isn’t pictured). I used 1 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp garlic powder and 1 tsp chili powder. The lime juice and cilantro I guessed.

I also opened and drained a can of black beans, a can of corn (in hindsight I wish I had grabbed some fire roasted corn), chopped up some tomato and an avocado. I put the “rice” in a bowl, threw some of the now shredded chicken on top, added in my toppings and just a tiny bit of Colby Jack shredded cheese.

It was SO GOOD. I was honestly super surprised at how good it was. Especially the rice. It was so fragrant and flavorful. I even told the hubs to eat it and he agreed that it was really good. I even have enough of the meat and toppings to make another meal out of this (maybe two). Luckily I bought two of those bags so today I will be making another batch of rice to go with my nuked chicken. I’ve now pinned a bunch of other cauliflower rice recipes because unlike the zoodles, I didn’t think it required near as much work and turned out way better than I had hoped.

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