Okay, I’m officially obsessed with my Inspiralized rice. And so is Lu. The other night, it was an end-of-the-week, “what can we pull together for dinner?” sort of night. The fridge was looking bare (well, bare for me!), but I had plenty of spiralize-able veggies, including butternut squash.
I saw chorizo, olives and half a yellow onion and offered to make “Spanish Butternut Squash Rice with Chorizo.” Totally up Lu’s Latin-American alley- plus, as of late, he thinks my Inspiralized rice is “revolutionary.” Actually, he told me that it’s even more mind-blowing than zucchini noodles. I don’t know if I buy that, but I’m definitely going to post up more Inspiralized rice recipes, since they are just that good.
While you could swap in chorizo for the ham here, I think the ham is easier, because it doesn’t need any additional cooking – just heat it up with the rice in the pan and it’s a quicker, easier meal!
These one pot dishes are ideal for those of you with small kitchens or limited countertop space. Literally, you just keep adding spices and ingredients into a saucepan or skillet, and you’ve got yourself a n impressive, healthy, low-cal and low-carb meal – in minutes!
The Adobo spices in this really give this dish an authenticity and the manzanilla olives add a saltiness that complements the simple taste of the butternut squash. The chicken broth brings everything together, not only adding a fragrance to the dish, but creating a creamy consistency as the squash absorbs the broth and it reduces.
If you’re a vegetarian, easily swap in vegetable broth and replace the ham with pinto beans.
Since peeling butternut squash takes a little extra time (it’s a tough veggie to peel!), I recommend doing that early in the day (or even on a Sunday night), in preparation to make this recipe. Or, you can make the actual rice and place it in a plastic bag or container for the week. So much easier than 30-40 minutes of making rice!
I’m happy to have this healthy alternative to rice, because, in all honesty, I always mess up rice! Actually, my mother introduced me to the quick 60-second individual cups of brown rices during college, and they were a dream.
The consistency of this Inspiralized Rice is crazy similar to regular rice – just a quarter of the calories and carbs! Plus, it doesn’t require waiting for water to boil, rice cookers or anything fancy like that.
What do you think of this rice? Have you tried it yet? What’s your favorite rice dish?