I received product from Love Beets for this post but was not further compensated. As always, all opinions are my own.
I hate working for food. Not in the sense of bringing home the bacon, but more like laboring over food before putting it in your mouth. For example: lobster. It’s delicious but takes so much effort. Pomegranates? Hard to cut and scoop out the seeds. Spaghetti squash? Don’t try to tell me you haven’t almost killed yourself trying to cut the damn thing. Am I a huge pain? Yes, but so is peeling hard-boiled eggs. In all seriousness, foods sometimes require some work, even the best foods. That’s how I feel about beets. Or, how I felt about beets before discovering Love Beets.
Love Beets sells organic, pre-cooked beets and beet products (juices & snack bars). Opening up a package is one hundred times easier than dealing with the murder scene I create when handling beets. See evidence in this post.
With easy access to these cooked beets I’ve been eager to experiment in the kitchen. Since I’m still Whole30 bound, I wanted to try a spin on a classic Whole30 compliant dish: cauliflower rice. I happen to not love cauliflower rice (plus it stinks up the kitchen) but with the addition of beets, the taste and color is much more palatable. What 5-year-old girl wouldn’t love to eat pink cauliflower rice? Ok, minus the cauliflower.
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I’ve eaten it on-top of salads and as a side dish at dinner. By far the most colorful item on my plate…it just makes everything look prettier.
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 1 package of Love Beets (or 1-2 loose beets boiled)
- 1/3 cup of vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup of chopped basil
- 1/4 cup of sliced almonds
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- Salt + pepper to taste
- Wash and chop cauliflower into florets, removing as much of the stem as possible.
- Place florets in food processor and pulse until rice-like consistency. (Easier to handle in smaller batches).
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add cauliflower rice and sauté to coat in oil.
- Add vegetable broth and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
- While rice is cooking, add beets to food processor and puree until (mostly) liquid.
- Add beet puree to skillet and continue stirring (5-7 minutes).
- Add salt and pepper, basil and almonds to skillet. Mix.
- Remove from heat once rice has reached desired heat and consistency.
- Mushrooms, onions and/or garlic would work well in this dish (I omitted for preference)
ACKTIVE LIFE says
This looks so good!!! Beets are definitely a food that I avoid preparing, even though I love them so much…It is seriously a hot mess when you try to prepare those little suckers. I’ll definitely have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing! XOXO
Thanks, Katie! Seriously, I go through a roll of paper towels normally.
Margaret @ youngandrungry says
I’m with you on all of these foods being a pain! And don’t even get me started on butternut squash. This entire dish looks great and I’ve never seen those beets before, but they would make my life a lot easier!
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I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve been buying butternut squash pre-cut for years because of that :P I’ve only seen them at Whole Foods so far!
haley @cupcakes and sunshine says
your photos are beautiful! this sounds wonderful!!!
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Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie says
Yum! This looks great!! I am not a huge fan of cauliflower rice either but could definitely get on board with this!
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The next time I make it (without beets) I’m going to add more sauce and flavoring because I need something to mask the strong cauliflower taste.
Susie @ SuzLyfe says
Hell. To. The. Yes. I also don’t like to work for food. thus the semi homemade nature of my life :D
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Semi-homemade is a perfect way to describe my life too :)
Sarah @ BucketListTummy says
This looks like a winner in my book – I love seeing all the new ways to incorporate beets these days. This looks like a wonderful product to save yourself the red hands, am I right?
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Completely right. I was even prepared and lined the counter with paper towels but didn’t need them!
I’ve been loving beets lately! I’ll have to try this out :) Thanks for the recipe!
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I think I’ve had them every day in the last week. Great on salads or roasted too!
Amanda @ ExploringLifeAndThings says
This looks really good! I haven’t had beets in years but this looks relatively simple to make. Hahah omg and yes I don’t want to work for my food either. Cooking/preparing the food is enough work already right?! Haha.
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YES. That’s what I’m talking about! No need to add to the work.
Beets and Pomegranates do look like a murder scene, lol! I’m all for easier ways to enjoy my fave foods without ask the work. Your cauli dish looks delish!
Same here. I’m all for cooking hacks. Thanks, Nichole!
Alyssa @ renaissancerunnergirl says
Pink food is the best food,. See strawberry ice cream for any questions.
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Couldn’t agree more. 5-year-old me knew what was up.
I LOVE beetroot! It has been available pre-cooked and vacuum packed in the UK for quite a while now and is a salad bowl staple for me :)
Squash is one of my biggest frustrations; I love roasting it in large pieces but cutting it is always a difficult task.
Pre-cooked makes it a breeze! Same here with squash. I usually microwave it for a few minutes before cutting but even then it’s a workout!
rachel @ athleticavocado says
I just made a recipe with love beets too! I love that you used them in cauliflower rice, what a perfect side dish!
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Ah your recipe sounds so good too! Beets are really versatile.
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
(Never peel beets!)
But haha, Love beets were what I used for my beetroot risotto ;)
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Love Beets makes it so easy!
I’ve been wanting to make cauliflower rice, this looks like the perfect recipe!
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It’s really simple, especially if you get the riced cauliflower from TJ’s or Whole Foods :)
This looks amazing! I haven’t had beets in a while… that needs to change! I want some now! I one had this summer where I was hooked on beets! Ate some almost everyday! <3 Thanks for the recipe!
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Oh they are awesome in the summer…perfect for salads!
Ashley @ A Lady Goes West says
YES! I’m eating some cauliflower rice as I read this. And let me tell you, it’s good. Love the combination of flavors here, with the beets. Nice work!
Thanks, Ashley! So many different ways to make cauli-rice too.
Mary Ellen Murray says
Sounds and looks amazing! Can’t wait to make this.
Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me says
The color of this is INCREDIBLE.
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Beverley @ sweaty&fit says
hahah i am SOOOO with you on those hard to eat foods. Although i will always get down and dirty for lobster. And YES beets are definitely a pain, and the pre-packaged ones are soo necessary
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Dani @ Dani California Cooks says
We just started a Whole30 this week – bookmarking this! :)
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Rebecca @ Vitamin OH! says
My friend mastered pomegrantes and taught me her secrets! The trick is to cut the top off (like a hat) and then slice along the membranes inside. I’m still fantastic, but now I can do one pomegranate in about 10 minutes, instead of 20 when I first started. I love putting the seeds on salads!
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Sam @ PancakeWarriors says
This is seriously fantastic! Like I’m going to be making this every week!! Pinning!
Thanks, Sam! I loved it and will be making it on repeat.