Cauliflower—the vegetable superhero. Cauliflower is so versatile; you can use it as a healthier sub for just about every single one of your favorite dishes. Mac and cheese? Cauliflower’s got you covered. Pizza crust? Healthy air fryer cauliflower tots?! YEP, grab the cauliflower for that, too. Rice substitute? Check! In fact, this mouthwatering recipe for stuffed tomatoes uses the healthy rice substitute to load in the nutrition for a simple yet delicious lunch or dinner.
If you’re looking to live healthier, lose weight and follow a low carb diet, cauliflower has got you covered. From antioxidants to fiber, this superfood is the real deal. Steamed, roasted or boiled—there are plenty of cauliflower recipes that can be enjoyed while being delicious and nutritious. You can even dive into this power food raw.
The Leaf Pro Tip: Cauliflower can be perfectly paired with hummus or Greek yogurt dip for an easy snack or side when you’re on the go.
Still not sold on this superfood? We’ve got a few food facts that are sure to have you hooked:
1. Cauliflower is filled with vitamins.
According to Healthline, cauliflower contains an array of vitamins and nutrients, including but not limited to vitamin C, K, B, magnesium and potassium. Cauliflower is also filled with fiber and antioxidants, as we mentioned above. Fiber is important for healthy digestion and antioxidants help fight off many diseases—need we say more?!
2. Cauliflower can aid in weight loss.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), one cup of cauli has about 27 calories—so it’s super diet-friendly. Due to its rich fiber, water and protein content, cauliflower aids in healthy digestion and gut health which is especially important for weight loss.
3. Cauliflower is versatile
We know, we know—we keep singing its praises in terms of versatility. But come on, it’s the answer to your low carb prayers! Cauliflower is all the craze when it comes to cutting carbs, and we are here for it. Check out a few other cauliflower recipes to add to your weekly menu and reap the many benefits of this superfood on a regular basis:
- Buffalo Cauliflower Breadsticks >
- Buffalo Clue Cauliflower Mac and Cheese >
- Bacon Jalapeno Cauliflower Mac and Cheese >
- Cauliflower Tabbouleh >
- Spanish Cauliflower Rice >
- Cauliflower Sweet Potato Soup >
- Crispy Cauliflower Nachos >
- Creamy Cauliflower “Potato” Salad >
- Low Carb Cauliflower Crust Pizza >
- Air Fryer Cauliflower Tots >
- Cauliflower Buffalo Bites >
- Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice >
Now back to the recipe at hand! Running short on time and need a quick and easy, but absolutely delicious way to get in those veggie servings? This recipe is about to become your go-to! Slice the top off of four beefsteak tomatoes and scoop out the insides with a spoon, ensuring the tomatoes remain intact. Chop up the tomato flesh and set this aside, followed by placing the tomato cups into a casserole dish.
Once you’ve prepped your tomatoes, cook ground turkey on the stove top, chopping the ground turkey into small pieces as it browns. Once the ground turkey is thoroughly cooked through, set it aside. Heat olive oil in a pan on medium high and add in onion and garlic. Cook until the onion starts to become translucent. Stir in chopped spinach and continue cooking for an extra two minutes.
Now that the onions and spinach are cooked, add in cauliflower rice and cook for an additional two minutes. Combine the cooked ground turkey with the rice and veggie mixture and add in the reserved chopped tomatoes, chives and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle with black pepper and mix until the Parmesan cheese begins to melt. Once your filling is cooked, spoon the rice mixture into each tomato cup, sprinkle with remaining cheese, add water to the baking dish and pop it in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the tomatoes are softened.
Sound simple enough? It’s really THAT easy. And who doesn’t love easy and delicious? We know we sure do! It’s important to enjoy delicious food and recipes while on your weight loss journey. Dieting shouldn’t mean restricting yourself from all your favorite meals.
Healthy Hack: Create a beautiful presentation by using large heirloom tomatoes in a variety of colors, such as yellow, orange, green and purple. Nothing says summer like a beautiful table full of fresh, warm weather produce like tomatoes. You can also use them to make our delicious recipes for Heirloom Tomato Salad and Party-Perfect Pico de Gallo. Exercise your green thumb and try growing your own fresh tomato’s easily in your own backyard! Click here to get our gardening experts tips for growing the best tomato harvest ever. >
On your Nutrisystem meal plan, this recipe yields four servings. Each tomato counts as one and a half PowerFuels, two Vegetables and one Extra. Clocking in at a mere 238 calories per serving, these Cauliflower Stuffed Tomatoes are the ultimate diet dish. And did we mention they’re filled with protein? One of these Cauliflower Stuffed Tomatoes fills you up with a whopping 19 grams of protein, keeping you feeling full for longer.
As with any healthy recipe, you can still overdo it. To ensure you’re staying on track with your weight loss goals, simply log this and all of your daily food intake in our easy-to-use NuMi App. NuMi makes weight loss easy by doing all the tracking for you. Not familiar with the NuMi App yet? Click here to check out NuMi 101: A Comprehensive Guide to Our Free Tracking App >
What are you waiting for? Gather the ingredients for your stuffed tomatoes and whip up this healthy dinner recipe tonight! Believe us, your family and taste buds will be thanking you.
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- 4 beefsteak tomatoes
- 6 oz. lean ground turkey
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- ¼ cup onion, chopped
- 2 cups spinach leaves, chopped
- 2 cups cauliflower rice
- 1 cup parmesan cheese
- 2 tsp. fresh chives, chopped
- Black pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Slice the top off of each tomato and scoop out the inside with a teaspoon. Be careful to keep the tomato intact. Chop up the tomato flesh and set it aside.
- Place the empty tomato cups in a baking dish.
- Cook the ground turkey in a pan on the stove top. Break it into small pieces and set it aside.
- Heat olive oil in a pan at medium-high heat. Add in the onions and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.
- Stir in the chopped spinach and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Add the cauliflower rice and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Stir in the ground turkey, reserved tomato flesh, chives and ¾ cup of parmesan cheese. Season with black pepper to taste. Cook until the cheese has melted.
- Spoon the cauliflower rice mixture into each tomato cup. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
- Pour about 1 cup of water into the baking dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes until tomatoes are soft.