Growing up, I was a moderately picky eater. Aside from some veggies kids typically dislike such as broccoli and lima beans, I did enjoy some produce. Among my favorites were carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes, corn and pretty much all fruit.
I mostly attribute this to my mom having a garden. While I never wanted to pull weeds, I was fascinated by the process of planting seeds or seedlings and once they grew, we’d be picking ripe red tomatoes from the vine.
I’m thankful I got to watch how my mom tended her garden, canned tomatoes for winter, and baked gobs of zucchini bread one summer when we had an overwhelming zucchini crop.
I don’t have a garden of my own but my appreciation for produce has only continued to grow as I’ve gotten older. I actually enjoy trying new produce now. I credit it all to my parents encouraging me to eat well as a kid and making family dinner a priority for which I’m so thankful.
That’s why I said yes to Produce for Kids® when they asked me to partner with them to promote their campaign to benefit Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools.
Produce for Kids® is a philanthropically based organization that educates consumers about produce and healthy eating, provides simple healthy recipes, and raises funds for local children’s non-profit organizations.
Make a purchase from any of the following produce sponsors at one of three grocery stores above during the campaign and you’re helping the cause!
- Avocados from Mexico
- BUDDY FRUITS
- organicgirl good clean greens
- Shuman Produce
To help promote the campaign, I came up with this Chicken & Cauliflower Rice Bowl recipe. Instead of brown rice, I opted to use cauliflower rice. It’s easy to make with a food processor or simply grated with a cheese grater and is an easy way to get an extra serving of veggies.
I topped the chicken & rice with fresh tomatoes, avocado slices, and a cilantro lime sauce that packs really fresh flavor and brings the whole dish together. It’s a simple, healthy dinner that can be made in about 30 minutes!
Looking for more healthy & simple recipes? Check out some additional recipes developed as part of the campaign: Salsa Avocado Toast, Pistachio Apple Bread, Blueberry Banana Pancakes, 5 Layer Greek Dip, Cauliflower & Kale Pesto Pasta, Turkey Burgers & Rainbow Salad
Or if you’d like to read more about the health benefits of cauliflower, be prepared to be blown away by it’s impressive health resume! It’s high in Vitamin C, fights inflammation, and helps with digestion plus 20+ other great benefits. You can read about it here: 28 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Cauliflower by Well-Being Secrets.
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Chicken & Cauliflower Rice Bowls with a Cilantro Lime Sauce
- 1 – 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced into about 1″ pieces
- 2-3 c. cauliflower rice (about 1-2 heads of cauliflower – finely shredded with a food processor or grated with a cheese grater)
- 1 sliced avocado from Avocados from Mexico
- 1 c. halved NatureSweet Glorys tomatoes
- 2-3 T. olive oil
- salt & pepper
For the sauce:
- 1 c. organicgirl spinach
- 1 c. fresh cilantro
- 1/4 c. olive oil
- 1/2 t. ground cumin
- juice of 2 limes
- salt to taste (about 1/2 t.)
Heat 1-2 T. olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season the chicken breast with a pinch of salt and pepper, then cook in the heated skillet until brown and no longer pink inside, about 6-8 minutes.
While the chicken is cooking, prepare the sauce. Add the spinach, cilantro, olive oil, cumin, lime juice, and 1/4 t. salt to a blender. Blend until the mixture is completely combined and smooth, about a 1 minute or so. Taste the sauce and add another 1/4 t. salt if needed. Set aside.
Once the chicken is done cooking, remove it to a plate. Add another tablespoon of olive oil to the hot pan and add the cauliflower rice. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and sauté for 2-3 minutes until heated through.
Serve the chicken over the cauliflower rice, top with fresh tomatoes, avocado, and a hefty drizzle of the cilantro lime sauce. Add an extra squeeze of fresh lime juice or a pinch of fresh cilantro if desired.