January 9, 2018 7

Garlicky Kale Bowls with Red Beans + Cauliflower Rice

Vegan, garlicky kale bowls with red beans and low-carb cauliflower rice.
Garlicky Kale Bowls with Red Beans + Cauliflower Rice | Garlicky kale with red beans and low-carb cauliflower rice. An easy, quick, filling, weeknight meal. Cauliflower rice cooks in half the time of white rice and adds more nutritional benefits to the plate. Garlicky kale bowls for the win. #garlicklykale #cauliflowerrice

So, this garlicky kale.

Is a go-to favorite.

And, actually.

It is an old recipe of mine.

From my blog archives.

I originally posted it in 2014.

And I decided to update it.

Because it’s an under twenty minute kind of meal.

And I really want people to have this in their lives.

And because, it never really got much love.

I’m not sure why, but maybe because the images once looked like this {insert audible gasp}. Or because it’s just kale. And real basic. But that’s what I love about it most. The greens are lightly sautéed with olive oil and garlic. I keep it cooked al dente. You know, cooked just before it’s done. Pliable, but not at all soggy. Juicy, and a deep dark green.

Originally this recipe was tossed with white rice. But here I wanted to keep it low-carb, naturally gluten-free, paleo, all the good things, etc. With cauliflower rice. Cauliflower rice adds texture, phytonutrients and that cruciferous cancer-fighting power. I’ve been eating it a lot lately. In fried rice. And with curry.

This garlicky kale bowl combines together in three steps. Cook the cauliflower rice. Set aside. Sauté the kale. Set aside. Combine the cauliflower rice and kale together with the beans and plate. The next step is up to you. I like to keep mine simple with some herbs and scallions. But, if I were to add anything else it’d be avocado and hot sauce. I like to recommend the same.

Speaking of beautiful, vibrant green things. I’m going to Dublin! I’ve never been before. Have you? If you have drop me a comment below and tell me what I should do. What I should eat. What I should see. I want to know it all.

Garlicky Kale Bowls with Red Beans + Cauliflower Rice | Garlicky kale with red beans and low-carb cauliflower rice. An easy, quick, filling, weeknight meal. Cauliflower rice cooks in half the time of white rice and adds more nutritional benefits to the plate. Garlicky kale bowls for the win. #garlicklykale #cauliflowerrice

Garlicky Kale Bowls with Red Beans + Cauliflower Rice | Garlicky kale with red beans and low-carb cauliflower rice. An easy, quick, filling, weeknight meal. Cauliflower rice cooks in half the time of white rice and adds more nutritional benefits to the plate. Garlicky kale bowls for the win. #garlicklykale #cauliflowerrice

Garlicky Kale Bowls with Red Beans + Cauliflower Rice | Garlicky kale with red beans and low-carb cauliflower rice. An easy, quick, filling, weeknight meal. Cauliflower rice cooks in half the time of white rice and adds more nutritional benefits to the plate. Garlicky kale bowls for the win. #garlicklykale #cauliflowerrice

Garlicky Kale Bowls with Red Beans + Cauliflower Rice | Garlicky kale with red beans and low-carb cauliflower rice. An easy, quick, filling, weeknight meal. Cauliflower rice cooks in half the time of white rice and adds more nutritional benefits to the plate. Garlicky kale bowls for the win. #garlicklykale #cauliflowerrice

Garlicky Kale Bowls with Red Beans + Cauliflower Rice | Garlicky kale with red beans and low-carb cauliflower rice. An easy, quick, filling, weeknight meal. Cauliflower rice cooks in half the time of white rice and adds more nutritional benefits to the plate. Garlicky kale bowls for the win. #garlicklykale #cauliflowerrice

Garlicky Kale Bowls with Red Beans + Cauliflower Rice | Garlicky kale with red beans and low-carb cauliflower rice. An easy, quick, filling, weeknight meal. Cauliflower rice cooks in half the time of white rice and adds more nutritional benefits to the plate. Garlicky kale bowls for the win. #garlicklykale #cauliflowerrice

Garlicky Kale Bowls with Red Beans + Cauliflower Rice

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Serves 2 - 4 bowls

This dish is wonderful out of the pan or the day after. Keep leftovers refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Ingredients

  • 1 small head cauliflower {see notes}
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 6 cups Tuscan kale, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated or minced
  • 1 cup red kidney beans
  • pink Himalayan salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • scallions, to garnish
  • parsley or cilantro, to garnish
  • avocado, to garnish
  • hot sauce, to taste

Directions

Wash, dry and cut the caulker into florets. In a food processor pulse until riced. 

Add the cauliflower rice to a pan with 2 tablespoons olive oil and a pinch of salt. Over medium-high heat cook for 3 minutes while stirring occasionally. Scoop the rice into a bowl and set aside. 

To the pan add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, kale, and garlic. Sauté over medium heat for 3 minutes while stirring occasionally. Then add in the beans, the rice and season with salt and pepper. Stir and cook until thoroughly heated. 

Portion into bowls and top with scallions, herbs and avocado and hot sauce if you prefer. 

Recipe Notes

If you don't want to make your own cauliflower rice, I don't blame you. You can purchase cauliflower rice in the freezer section of your grocer. Trader Joe's carries both a fresh and a frozen version. 

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7 Responses to "Garlicky Kale Bowls with Red Beans + Cauliflower Rice"

  1. Reply

    lisa

    January 10, 2018 at 4:19 AM

    I love cauliflower rice – what a great combination! Thank you for sharing all the good stuff with us. When going to Dublin I would advice you to take a bus-trip to the Wicklow Mountains. Nothing is more beautiful and green. Enjoy your stay. Best wishes from Cologne, Germany.

  2. Reply

    Katie

    January 10, 2018 at 7:09 AM

    Hi. Go to Fallon & Bryne!

  3. Reply

    Amy Skemp

    January 10, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    I’ve never been to Ireland but plan to soon. Would love to see the recommendations you get. And, thanks for all the fabulous recipes!

  4. Reply

    jaime / the briny

    January 10, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    I’m excited you’re headed to Dublin! I’ve never been, but if I were going, I’d make sure to hear some local trad music. I’d recommend going to a session (as opposed to a night with “live music”), because you’ll see a gathering of people (who aren’t necessarily in a band together) playing tunes on the fly. It’s a unique experience – different than watching a band play. It’s awesome. And if you can catch one on a night when they have a dancer, even better.

  5. Reply

    Julia

    January 11, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    I’d say that the Temple Bar neighborhood is a must visit area. The Wicklow Mountains are amazing and also the Guinness Factory. I am sure no matter what you do and see, you will have a wonderful time there! I also recommend a trip to the Cliffs of Moher. It’s usually a full day trip from Dublin and I’d say includes visiting some other places on the way.

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    Kelsey @ Appeasing a Food Geek

    January 16, 2018 at 5:51 AM

    This garlicky kale is calling my name! I like the idea of using cauliflower rice a lot as well. Also, very jealous of your trip to Ireland! I’ve always wanted to go there. Can’t wait to vicariously live through you when you post photos! ;) xo

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    Bee Ring

    January 22, 2018 at 9:07 AM

    The best restaurant on the planet, vegan and vegetarian is, The Happy Pear in Greystone. It’s an hour from Dublin on the Dart. The trip is billed the most magnificent train ride in Europe. I have lived thirty years in South County Dublin.

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