Three reasons why Easy Roasted Cauliflower Rice with Meatballs in Marinara should be on your meal plan next week:
- Super tasty.
- Two-minute prep time.
- Low-carb and keto-friendly.
Do this and you’ll thank me later:
Purchase the three main ingredients in advance (You’ll most likely have the spices and oil on hand in your pantry). Then, on your busiest or most stressful night of the week, remember this very easy recipe and quickly pop it into the oven. Let it roast and do all the work while you take a break and enjoy a couple of glasses of red wine.
With this roasting method, the cauliflower resembles brown rice and is very light and fluffy in texture. The flavor is nothing short of mind-boggling. How can cauliflower do this?
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This roasted cauliflower rice tastes almost like a finely-diced, caramelized potato hash, and it is very filling with lots of fiber. I am telling you right now that you will not be missing your high-carb rice or yearning for that high-calorie pasta dish.
Top your roasted cauliflower with meatballs in marinara sauce, sprinkle on some cheese and basil, and serve it up!
Here’s a step-by-step guide for maintaining your sanity on a busy weeknight:
Easy Roasted Cauliflower Rice with Meatballs in Marinara
1-Minute Prep Roasted Meatballs in Marinara
First, pour your low-carb, low-sugar marinara sauce, such as Rao’s, into a greased casserole dish. Add additional seasoning if you’d like, such as salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Next, add the frozen, pre-cooked meatballs to the marinara, but don’t stir. Leave the meatball tops exposed for roasting. Bake at 425 until hot and bubbly (about 25 minutes). Test a meatball to make sure they’re heated through.
While the meatballs are roasting, prep your cauliflower:
1-Minute Prep Easy Roasted Cauliflower Rice
Spread the pre-riced cauliflower onto two baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Many local supermarkets now carry pre-riced cauliflower. You can find it next to the fresh bagged broccoli and cauliflower florets in the produce section.
Add one tablespoon of olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt over each batch. Use your hands to mix up the cauliflower until well-coated with oil. Spread it out as best you can on the baking sheets.
Roast the cauliflower alongside your meatballs for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring once halfway.
When your cauliflower rice is tender and beginning to caramelize in some places, it’s done!
Your meatballs should also be ready right about now.
Serve by spooning several meatballs with marinara over cauliflower rice. Top it off with parmesan cheese and fresh basil. So yummy and way too easy!
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