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Pantry Inspiration: Mushrooms with Cauliflower Rice


Pantry Inspirations are not so much recipes as they are cooking with what I have around the house.

Today the inspiration was some leftover mushrooms and frozen cauliflower rice. We grabbed an onion, some garlic and found some roasted red peppers still in a jar. These measurements in the recipe below are just ballpark, add more or less of each ingredient to suit your tastes. Change out and add ingredients too. Like some chicken or pork would be nice with this, maybe splash some white wine in there. The possibilities are endless. Enjoy!



Prep, Cook, Servings


Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: About 15 minutes

Servings: 4



Ingredients

2 Tbsp olive oil 1/2 onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, chopped 10 fresh basil leaves, cut or torn. 1 or 2 slices of Roasted Red Pepper from a jar, or roast them yourself. (See here for roasting instructions) 2 Ladles (about 1 cup) of a stock of your choice. (vegetable, chicken, beef, etc.).


1 - 3 cups of frozen (or fresh) Cauliflower Rice. (depends on how much you want to make) Salt and Pepper to taste. Additional spice like Sriracha, Red Pepper Flakes, etc..



Instructions


Set a skillet on the stove over medium heat. Add the olive oil and onions. Sauté the onions for about 5 minutes.


Add the garlic and sauté another minute.


Toss in 5 basil leaves, sauté for about 30 seconds and then toss in the mushrooms. Season with Salt and Pepper to Taste. Cook the mushrooms for 3 - 5 minutes until the juices really start to flow from the mushrooms.


Add the stock, then add the caulflower rice. Add more fresh basil then cook for about 3 minutes. If the cauliflower is frozen you might have to cook a few more minutes, you want the cauliflower to start to get a little tender.


Add the roasted red pepper, simmer 2 more minutes. While this simmers add any additional seasonings like Sriracha, red pepper flakes, cumin, chili powder, curry powder, hot sauce, etc..


Serve as a side or main dish with grated cheese. Can also serve this over pasta, I would suggest something like a ziti or penne. This dish can also serve as a base for something else.




Notes:


These “recipes” are not so much about measurements as they are about eyeballing and winging it based on the available ingredients. Use these ideas as a starting point and create something fun in your kitchen! Experiment, play, try new ideas and new combinations. They won’t always work, but you never know until you try. The point is, just because you don’t have a “real recipe” for your leftovers and other ‘stuff’ in your house, doesn’t mean you can’t create a delicious dish with it.  And if you come up with an awesome Pantry Inspiration, please share it in via the contacts page!


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