Zesty Chicken Cauliflower Stir-Fry

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This delicious dish is something that I created with my mom while we were trying to figure out dinner one evening. It's full of protein, and packed to the brim with veggies as well! All of this goodness is laid on a bed of garlic cauliflower rice, making it a lower-carb option that provides you with lots of nutrients and the satisfaction of a hearty stir-fry.

Ingredients (makes 4-6 servings):

3 lean chicken breasts (skinless + boneless)
1 head of cauliflower (cut into florets)
4 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp garlic paste (can also use fresh garlic)
2-3 tbsp soy sauce (or coconut aminos for a lower sodium option)
1 tbsp Sriracha sauce
1/4 medium yellow onion (chopped)
1/2 cup chopped zucchini
1/3 cup chopped/shredded kale
1/2 cup chopped orange bell pepper
1/2 cup black beans (rinsed and drained)

Directions:

Cut the chicken into cubes, season with a few dashes of salt and pepper - set aside in a bowl. Chop up veggies (keep cauliflower in a separate bowl). 

Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan, then cook chicken for 5-7 minutes on medium-high heat. Following this, drizzle with soy sauce. Keep stirring chicken until cooked, then add 1 cup of water. Wait until water is bubbling, then let chicken cook for 10-15 minutes on medium-high heat until caramelized. Turn off heat and place chicken aside.

Make cauliflower rice by blending florets in a food processor or blender - I have a smaller version Vitamix blender, so I pulsed a few florets at a time (i.e. 4-5 each time) until they resembled a rice-like texture. 

Heat 2 tbsp olive oil + 1 tbsp garlic paste on medium heat in a large frying pan, then add cauliflower rice, chopped veggies, onion, beans, and Sriracha sauce. Stir mixture around until ingredients are nicely blended together. Cover saucepan with lid, and cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring every 3-5 minutes. When done, mixture should be softened and cauliflower should be a light golden colour.

Place cauliflower-veggie-bean mixture in serving dish, and top with the cooked chicken (make sure to add the caramelized "sauce" that came from the cup of water you added to it!). Enjoy!