I love the farmer’s market. I love grabbing vegetables I don’t usually see in grocery stores. Who knew how many different colors of peppers there were? Ugly heirloom tomatoes? Love them! I love how friendly everyone always is and how much the farmers love to talk about their produce. It’s really the best part of my week even though I have to get there super early in order to beat the lines. If I get there even an hour later than usual, I’ll spend more time in line and hardly be able to pick through the produce because everyone swarms in and takes all the good stuff. It’s the worst!
Anyway, this recipe is super flexible and vegetarian, if that’s your thing. Completely meatless and grain free. It can easily be made cleaner by using fresh beans rather than canned and creating your own riced cauliflower but I almost never feel like doing it. I used one of my favorite 80s songs in this video, Pat Benetar’s We Belong. I just love 80s music in general but this has to be one of my top 10. Another great thing about 80s music is that Youtube doesn’t restrict me from using most of it so I have no shortage of music to use.
For this dish I used riced cauliflower. I usually keep a few of the packs of the frozen kind from Trader Joes in my freezer and add them in pretty much any dish I would typically use rice. The texture is different than rice, of course. I’d say the texture is more like quinoa but it works just fine in this even, especially after simmering in the sauce for a little bit. The texture stays the same so you don’t have to worry about it getting mushy or anything weird.