Pork Fried Cauliflower Rice with Sweet Potato & Snow Peas
10 Minute Cauliflower Pork Stir Fry Bowl
For a satisfying Whole30 dinner that you can whip up in just 10 minutes, give this pork fried cauliflower rice a try! A simple, flavorful cauliflower pork stir fry bowl with sweet potato, snow peas, and chicken apple sausage.
If you’re hungry for a more nutritious alternative to classic pork fried rice, pork fried cauliflower rice is the way to go. Cauliflower rice has a neutral taste and soaks up flavors well, it adds a wholesome dose of veggies to your meal, and it’s still totally satisfying! Salty, savory, umami goodness served up in a CLEAN dinner that my body appreciates.
Typically, I make this as a quick 10 minute dinner on
weeknights—with my components prepped ahead of time, ready to toss into the
pan. So, when I make this cauliflower pork stir fry bowl I’ll use meal prepped
pulled pork which I slow-cook over the weekend. You’re welcome to use any kind
or cut of pork that you prefer though!
Also, I like to add some chicken apple sausage for savory goodness, but you’re welcome to skip it. Finally, I like to make my pork fried cauliflower rice with sweet potato cubes and snow peas, but you can use whichever veggies you like. I’ll show you how I prep the components for this cauliflower pork stir fry bowl so it’s ready to throw together for a 10 minute dinner!
Personally, my meal prep style is more minimalist: I prefer to spend less time on prep day, so I can invest a little bit of time tossing together freshly-cooked meals during the week. So typically, I’ll prep just the basics on prep day—like chop veggies, cook a batch of protein, etc.—and then I’ll use those components to cook my meals throughout the week.
If you have a more maximum prep style, i.e. you prefer to
prep everything on prep day so you can just reheat throughout the week,
go for it! You can totally do that with this pork fried cauliflower rice dinner
if you like.
For now, here’s how to prep the components for this
cauliflower pork stir fry bowl, so you can cook a fresh 10 minute dinner on a
Chop Sweet Potato Cubes
On prep day, take the time to peel and cut your sweet
potatoes into cubes so they’re ready to toss into the pan when you want them.
Or, save yourself some time and splurge a bit on pre-chopped sweet potato
cubes! This is what I usually do when I make this cauliflower pork stir fry
bowl, but do whatever works best for your lifestyle and budget.
Fresh or Frozen Cauliflower Rice
Of course, for pork fried cauliflower rice we need some
variety of cauliflower rice! Fresh cauliflower rice, frozen, or homemade will
all work just fine. Again, go with whatever best suits your individual
lifestyle and budget.
Personally, I prefer to use frozen cauliflower rice because it’s convenient and easiest to store. Just be sure to thaw frozen cauliflower rice for a few minutes before cooking your pork fried cauliflower rice in the pan. With fresh cauliflower rice you don’t have to worry about thawing, but it may get soggy and/or stinky after a few days in the fridge.
For the more-effort but lower-budget route, make your own
cauliflower rice! Simply chop a head of cauliflower to remove the florets from
the stems, then pulse the stems in a food processor until riced. Then, it can
help to press riced cauliflower between clean towels or paper towels to soak up
excess moisture before storing.
Cook Pulled Pork
The key to keeping this cauliflower pork stir fry bowl as efficient as possible is having the protein cooked ahead of time. The chicken apple sausage is already cooked, but taking the time to cook my pulled pork on prep day cuts down significantly on the time I’ll spend cooking throughout the week.
Of course, you’re welcome to make your pork fried cauliflower rice with a raw cut of pork if you’d prefer—just be sure to cook it through properly! But, I’ve gotta say, pulled pork is one of the easiest and tastiest proteins that you can make… It’s worth giving a try! I use it as part of my meal prep almost every week, and it’s delicious added into all sorts of different dishes.
To prepare pulled pork, simply season a pork butt/shoulder liberally with salt and pepper. Then, add it into a slow cooker and let it cook on low heat for 9 hours. Finally, shred the tender, cooked meat with two forks and store! Be sure to pour some of the separated fat back into the storage container with the pulled pork. (Otherwise your pork will be dry and not as tasty once it’s reheated!)
How to Cook Cauliflower Pork Stir Fry for a 10 Minute
With your pork fried cauliflower rice components prepped and
ready, you can toss this dinner together in just 10 minutes! Remember, if
you’re using frozen cauliflower rice, allow that to thaw for a few minutes
before cooking. And, you’ll want to chop your chicken apple sausage so it’s
ready to char. (You can also do this on prep day, if preferred.)
Start by sauteing chopped onions in oil in a deep saute pan
until tender. Then, add in your chopped sweet potato cubes since those will
take longest to cook. After a few minutes, add in your fresh/thawed cauliflower
rice, breaking up any large frozen chunks as needed. Cover and allow to cook
Separately, while that cooks, melt ghee in a pan and add
your chopped chicken apple sausage. (Or pork sausage, if preferred.) It’s
already cooked and ready to eat, but taking a few minutes to char the sausage
on both sides will add SO much flavor to your cauliflower pork stir fry bowl!
Once your cauliflower rice is getting tender, add in some of
that cooked pulled pork along with your snow peas. Season to taste with a bit
of sesame oil and coconut aminos or soy sauce. Mix to integrate and allow to
cook for a few minutes before adding in charred chicken apple sausage.
Season to taste with salt and pepper if needed. (This will
depend on the saltiness of your pulled pork, sausage, soy sauce, etc.) And, in
just 10 minutes or so, your pork fried cauliflower rice is ready to serve! Top
it off with some chopped green onion, sesame seeds, sliced avocado, or whatever
Fully Prepped Cauliflower Fried Rice Option
Now, for those with more of a maximum prepper style—you
prefer to have everything ready to just reheat-and-eat—you can adjust this
cauliflower pork stir fry recipe to make it work for you.
For starters, you’ll still need to slow cook the pulled pork
ahead of time. (If that’s the route you want to go.) Once you have that pulled
pork, you can prep your pork fried cauliflower rice just as described above.
Then, after everything is cooked, you can store that fully cooked meal so it’s
ready to reheat throughout the week!
Keep in mind, this pork fried cauliflower rice recipe as-is
yields just 1 serving. So, for meal prep purposes, multiply the ingredient
amounts for however many servings you’d like to have. Whether you prefer a
component style meal prep or fully prepped meals, this cauliflower pork stir
fry bowl is a quick and easy dinner to add to your meal prep rotation!
Cauliflower Pork Stir Fry with Sweet Potato & Snow Peas
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:10 minutes
Total Time:15 minutes
Method:slow-cook pulled pork 9 hours
Pork Fried Cauliflower Rice Bowl
drizzle of oil 2-3 Tbsp onion, chopped ½ cup sweet potato cubes 1-3 cups cauliflower rice, fresh or frozen & thawed (as much as you want) ½ cup pulled pork (cooked, ~2oz) ¼ cup snow peas sesame oil, to taste coconut aminos or soy sauce, to taste 1-2 tsp ghee 1 chicken apple sausage, chopped salt & pepper, to taste
sliced avocado sesame seeds chopped green onion
Heat oil in a pan and saute onion until tender.
Add sweet potato cubes and cook for a few minutes to soften.
Add cauliflower rice and continue to cook.
Once tender, stir in cooked pulled pork and add snow peas. Season to taste with sesame oil and soy sauce or coconut aminos, stirring well to integrate.
Separately, heat ghee in a pan and add chicken apple sausage, cooking until charred to your liking.
Add charred sausage into pan with veggies and stir to integrate. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if needed. (This will depend on the specific ingredients you used, the sodium level of your soy sauce and sausage, etc.)
Serve immediately and enjoy!
To cook pulled pork:
Add pork butt to a slow cooker, season with salt and pepper, cook on low heat for 9 hours.