Grilled Cilantro Shrimp and Pork Fried Cauliflower Rice

This meal is a go to summer dish in our house. It is quick and easy. Better yet, all 3 kids love it, even with it being cauliflower rice. I serve it along with my garden fresh salad, and did on this particular occasion. On days we want to be out enjoying the North Idaho summer sun, I can get everything prepped ahead of time and get it all cooked up in a matter of minutes.

Makes 6 servings. One serving is about 5.5 ounces of shrimp with 1 cup of the rice. Calories per serving: 187; Fat per serving: 8g; Carb per serving: 7g; Protein per serving: 26g

Grilled Cilantro Shrimp

Always a crowd pleaser, even for those that do not like cilantro. The shrimp can be served by itself as just an appetizer too. You can easily use different meat, like chicken breast, sliced thin or cut up and grilled on skewers. If you enjoy spicy foods, add red pepper flakes to the marinade.

Macronutrients for just 5.5 oz of the shrimp. Calories per serving: 123; Fat per serving: 5g; Carbs per serving: 1g; Protein per serving: 20g

Items needed to make this are: food chopper (I use a Ninja blender/food processor), 6-8 metal skewers, and a grill.

  • 1 bunch of cilantro, about 1 cup
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 2 TBS of fresh lemon juice
  • 2 TBS olive oil (I use Kirkland Italian Extra Virgin)
  • 2-3 lbs of large peeled and deveined shrimp
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste (I add about a teaspoon of sea salt and a dash of pepper)
  • *optional Red pepper flakes to taste

Cut off the leaves of the cilantro, place in the food chopper. Add garlic cloves, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Pulse chopper several times until all large chunks are chopped up. Be sure to taste the marinade to make sure more salt is not needed. Once the shrimp is marinating you can no longer taste test! Rinse and drain the shrimp, place in a glass bowl, pour marinade over shrimp. Stir, cover, and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Preheat grill to 400 degrees. While grill is heating, place shrimp on skewers. Grill each side for 2-3 minutes or until outside of shrimp is pink.

Pork Fried Cauliflower Rice

Pork fried cauliflower rice is a side dish that can be served with many different meat entrees. I serve it quiet often with my Teriyaki chicken. All 3 of my kids love it, and always like to put gluten free teriyaki sauce on it. Of course I skip on that…too much sugar!

Macronutrients for just 1 cup of the pork fried cauliflower rice. Calories per serving: 64; Fat per serving: 3g; Carbs per serving: 5g; Protein per serving: 6g

  • 5 slices of lean high quality bacon diced (Hempler’s)
  • 1/4 of a sweet onion diced (if they are available go for the Walla Walla Sweets!)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 pkg of cauliflower pearls/rice (about 4-5 cups)
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste (I use about 1-2 tsp of sea salt)

Fry up the diced bacon in large non-stick skillet. Once all the way cooked (I prefer nice and crispy), add onion and bell pepper, saute with bacon and bacon drippings for 2-3 minutes on med-high heat. Add the riced cauliflower. Salt and pepper, be sure to taste, cauliflower usually needs a bit more salt! Saute stirring occasional for about 7 minutes. DO NOT over cook, the cauliflower will get mushy.

I added some fresh Thai basil to the rice from the garden…YUM!

It was a great quick meal with an even better view.

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