Chili Cauliflower Rice Bowl

This colorful cauliflower rice bowl is full of fragrant spices and topped with roasted chili chickpeas. A deliciously light and healthy dish to get you back on track after a treat day (or weekend in my case).

Chili cauliflower rice bowl with roasted chickpeas

The best weekends are ones dedicated to food. Delicious, deep-fried, buttery, artery-clogging food. Undoubtedly unhealthy, a treat day (or two) is absolutely necessary for keeping my taste buds happy. Here’s a quick recap of my foodie adventures this weekend:


Yasukochi Sweet Stop’s Coffee Crunch Cake: layers of light yellow cake and whipped cream blanketed by an exterior of chopped crunchy coffee candy. The cake itself was fantastic because the cake was fluffy, and it wasn’t too sweet. The coffee crunch, on the other hand, was a bit much for my taste. But then again, I’m the type of person who scrapes off icing from a cake and refuses to add chocolate or candy on my ice cream or frozen yogurt. Just another one of my quirks, along with eating muffin tops.

San Tung Chinese Restaurant’s Chinese-style dried-fried chicken: battered chicken wings and drumsticks that are fried in a wok twice and mixed with house-made sweet and sour sauce. My friends constantly gush about their chicken, so I wanted to taste these things for myself. The verdict: finger-lickin’ good! So good when they have been featured in Food & Wine Magazine’s list of the best chicken wings in the U.S. I may have burned my tongue a bit trying to eat the freshly cooked chicken, but it was worth it. You know that we had a great time when the only picture I snapped was a blurry photo of plates with chicken bones and empty Tsingtao bottles.

Chicken Bones


Dynamo Donut + Coffee: En route to my bread-making class on Sunday, I stopped by Dynamo Donut + Coffee for some much needed mid-day caffeine. Their enticing display of donuts immediately caught my eye. Naturally, I had to try them. I’m a sucker for fancy baked goods.

Dynamo Donuts

The one on the left is a donut with passion fruit glaze and bits of chocolate, and the one of the right is a blueberry donut with a sugar glaze. Somehow, I managed to take a better shot of everything else but the blueberry donut on photo #2. You would think that I could take better photos of my food . . . Anyway, both the coffee and donuts were amazing! Check them out if you are ever in San Francisco!

Sour Flour Starter Workshop: Finally, I attended the Sour Flour Starter Workshop at La Victoria Bakery so that I could get going on baking fresh bread at home. After attending this workshop, I have become hooked on the idea of baking my own bread. There will be a steep learning curve and probably many brick-like loaves of bread, but I will definitely keep everyone updated on my progress! Check out the flatbread I made at the workshop. The bread was made with flour, water, salt, and yeast only. So simple, so delicious!

Sour Flour Workshop

After a weekend of sugar, deep-fried foods, butter, and carbs, I needed to cook a big bowl of vegetables as a detox for my body.

Chili cauliflower rice bowl with roasted chickpeas

Chili Cauliflower Rice Bowl

This colorful cauliflower rice bowl is filled with vegetables and topped with crunchy roasted chili chickpeas. Serves 4-5.

10 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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    Roasted Chickpeas
  • 1 15-ounce can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • pinch of sea salt
  • pinch of brown sugar
  • Cauliflower Rice Bowl
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • 1 and 1/2 TBS olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup white corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup yellow corn kernels
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp salt, add more if necessary
  • 1/2 TBS lemon juice
  • 1 and 1/2 cups plum tomatoes, halved
  • few sprigs of fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
  • sliced avocados (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 450ºF (230ºC). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, toss all the ingredients for the roasted chickpeas together. Pour the chickpeas onto the lined baking sheet and bake for about 20-22 minutes, giving them a quick toss after 12 minutes. Once they look browned and shriveled, they are ready to take out of the oven.
  3. Cut the cauliflower into small pieces and pulse it in a food processor until you get tiny bits and set aside. I have a small food processor, so I had to do this in several batches.
  4. Heat a sauté pan with 1 and a 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the minced garlic and stir it a little. When the garlic starts to brown, add the zucchini and pepper and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Add in the corn kernels and cook for another 2 minutes. Finally, add the cauliflower and the seasonings--chili powder, cayenne pepper ground cumin, and salt. Cook for 2-3 more minutes and turn off the heat. You can cook the cauliflower rice separately. I was feeling a bit lazy when I made this, so I cooked them all in one large sauté pan.
  5. Pour everything into a large serving bowl and mix in the lemon juice and sliced tomatoes. Add some cilantro and avocados if you like.
  6. Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container.
  7. Enjoy!
Recipe Type: vegan, gluten-free

Chili cauliflower rice bowl with roasted chickpeas

  • Did anyone else enjoy a treat day this weekend?

12 thoughts on “Chili Cauliflower Rice Bowl

  1. rika@vm
    I have yet to try cauliflower 'rice', it's a huge trend right now. Was it better than rice? This bowl should be a fried cauliflower rice ;) Looks like you had a great weekend!
    1. Lisa Post author
      It doesn't fill me up as much as regular rice does, but the cauliflower acted like a great sponge for absorbing all the flavors of the spices. I could totally make this into a "fried rice" dish next time!
  2. Joanne
    My weekends are defintiely on the indulgent side also! But that's what they're there for. Then the weekdays are all about healthy eats. Loving this cauli rice bowl! So much great flavor, you won't even miss the deep frying. :P
  3. Ruth
    Great recipe! I made this tonight exactly as written with the addition of one chopped onion stir fried with the garlic and spices. The cauliflower rice was very satisfying and the textures and flavours very appealing. Looking forward to lunch time leftovers.
    1. Lisa Post author
      Thanks for letting me know how they turned out, Ruth! I love that you added the additional onion flavor!
  4. Lillian
    This recipe is incredible! My friend and I made this for dinner and we couldn't get enough! We made some small changes, we put sesame oil along with a little olive oil for a little flavour. A bigger change is we added some tofu. First we marinated the tofu in some light soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic and ginger and put them in the oven so they would cook at the same time as the chickpeas. These additions made a delicious dish even more amazing. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!
    1. Lisa Post author
      Thanks, Lillian!! I loved that you personalized this recipe to your tastes! I must try your marinated tofu version.

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