|Warm Veggie Salad with Carrots & Cauliflower Rice over Arugula|
Sometimes I find myself at a buffet staring at way too many delicious decadent desserts and I may have more than one, or two, or....you get the picture. Yesterday was that day....dark chocolate cake, cheesecake, mini pecan pies, chocolate dipped macaroons, mini chocolate éclairs (I didn't really eat all of them...ok, yes, I did.) I'm all about good healthy eating most of the time, so once in a while on special occasions or when I'm out I can really just enjoy myself without feeling guilty. Yesterday was one of those days.
So today, I was all about creating a low calorie, yet filling, lunch to help balance out the extra calories from all those dessert bites. (I'm calling them 'bites' to make myself feel better!)
This Warm Veggie Salad with Carrots & Cauliflower Rice over Arugula fit the bill:
Directions: Into a medium sized bowl add 1 cup of grated carrots + 1 cup of Cauliflower "rice"* + 1/3 cup of Trader Joe's jarred Indian Curry Simmer Sauce + 3 tbsp. water. Heat in microwave for 90 seconds (covered is best), mix, and then serve over 2 cups fresh Arugula.
Here is the Calorie break down:
1 cup Carrots: 52 Calories
1 cup Cauliflower: 25 Calories
1/3 cup Indian Sauce: 70 Calories
2 cups fresh Arugula: 10 Calories
GRAND TOTAL: 157 Calories!!!
Calorie info obtained at: Fat Secret
This came together quickly based on what I had prepped and ready to go in the fridge, but lots of other Veggies would have worked out well here too: Onions, Peppers, Broccoli, Zucchini, Mushrooms, Eggplant....it is all about what you like! Basically Veggies are very low in calories so it's super easy to eat a ton of them and keep your meal Low Cal. And it was filling! Kept me going until snack time 3.5 hours later (3 cups plain popped popcorn: 93 calories!)
*Cauliflower Rice easy to make! Just chop up a head of Cauliflower into bite sized pieces, clean it and then pulse it all in a food processor until it appears the consistency and size of rice! Throw it in a bowl with other stuff and eat :)