A few weeks ago, I posted a photo of the above meal to Instagram and Facebook without giving much thought to it. It was a combination of two different recipes from the blog with a few twists and adjustments, and I had thrown it together in a pinch before Dan and I settled in to watch a movie. It appeased my inattentive taste buds but I thought the combination was a bit random to appeal to the masses.
I should probably stop making assumptions because a few days later while I was catching up on social media, I noticed that my Facebook post had garnered a handful enthusiastic requests for the recipe. There were even a few comments with kindly-conveyed undertones of frustration because I hadn't shared the details of what was in my haphazardly-concocted meal. I got the message, and I figured I better do something about it.
In response to all the hubbub, I decided to remake the combination and share the exact recipe on the blog. It's a modified combination of this rice and this power bowl with adjustments to the rice to pair better with the spiced sweet potatoes and a kick of garlic in the avocado mash because why not? Garlic is awesome.
The result is a bit of a hodgepodge of flavors, textures, and colors, and I love it. The spicy cauliflower rice warms and entices; the cinnamon-paprika sweet potatoes comfort and soothe; and the avocado mash seamlessly unites two elements that might otherwise taste chaotic and incoherent when nestled up in the same bowl.
I can't get enough of this meal right now, and I've made it four times in the last two weeks. There's something a little magical and swoon-worthy about its randomness. I hope it was worth the wait and that you enjoy it as much as I do!
Spicy Cauliflower Rice, Cinnamon-Paprika Sweet Potatoes & Avocado Mash
Roasted Cinnamon-Paprika Sweet Potatoes
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes (about 4 cups)
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil or other high-heat oil
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- Sea salt, to taste (I use ¼ to ½ teaspoon)
Spicy Cauliflower Rice
- 1 head medium cauliflower, cut into florets
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 5 scallions, thinly sliced (white and light green parts only)
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 2 to 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 to 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari or soy sauce
- 1 to 2 tablespoons chili-garlic paste or sriracha
- ¼ cup chopped chives
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro leaves
- 1 avocado, pitted and peeled
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice or to taste
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- Sea salt, to taste
Roasted Cinnamon-Paprika Sweet Potatoes
- Preheat your oven to 425F.
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the sweet potatoes on the baking sheet, drizzle with the oil, and sprinkle on the cinnamon, paprika, and sea salt. Use your hands to toss to coat the potatoes with the oil and spices.
- Roast for 25 to 30 minutes or until fork-tender and golden, flipping at the 15-minute mark.
Spicy Cauliflower Rice
- Rice the cauliflower florets by either processing in a food processor with a grater attachment, pulsing in a food processor with a s-blade, or grating by hand with a grater.
- Add the sesame oil to a large skillet and heat over medium heat.
- Add in the cauliflower, scallions and tomatoes and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the rice vinegar, tamari or soy sauce, and chili-garlic paste. Adjust according to preferences.
- Add the sauce to the pan and cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until the "rice" develops a slight golden color throughout and the liquid has cooked off, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in the chives and cilantro.
- In a small bowl, combine the avocado, lime juice, garlic, and sea salt. Use the back of a fork to mash the avocado.
Oh my goodness, this looks amazing!
Natalie @ Feasting on Fruit says
This bowl looks so flavorful and delicious! The cinnamon is an unexpected addition amidst all those spices, but I bet it is really tasty <3
Thanks, Natalie! Yes, the cinnamon adds a lovely sweet note that balances the smokiness of the paprika. It's seriously addictive!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
You just my #1 spice combo! Cinnamon and smoked paprika!
Really?! So awesome. I hope you have a chance to give this recipe a try, Rebecca!
Karissa @ Vegan A La Mode says
I can see why this recipe was so in demand! It looks delicious Ashley! Anything with sweet potatoes and avocados and I'm in :) Can't wait to try this one!
Thanks, Karissa!! I feel the same way about sweet potatoes + avocados; they're a force to be reckoned with when they're paired together. I hope you enjoy this recipe!
Omgosh!!! Seriously a great combo meal. Just had dinner and we loved it! Especially my hubby who isn't vegan. Going on my Go To list. So full of flavor. Thanks for sharing.
Tara!! Seriously awesome that you made this already! Happy to hear you enjoyed it and honored that it's going on your go-to list. Thanks for sharing your results!
Steph @ The Grateful Grazer says
Wow, this sounds so amazing and luckily I have all of these ingredients at home! :) So happy to have come across your blog!
Perfect! So glad you have everything on hand. I hope you enjoy/ed it, Steph!
Wow! This looks ah-maze-ing! Is there anything cauliflower can't do? We will put this on next week's menu list.
Cauliflower is pretty amazing, and it's seriously difficult to find something it can't do. I hope you enjoy this recipe, Ronda!
lynsey | lynseylovesfood says
i am obsessed with paprika sweet potatoes but never add the cinnamon! definitely going to try. this looks amazing. i see what the fuss was about. xo
Thanks, Lynsey! The cinnamon adds that extra something special, especially against the smokiness of the paprika. It's the simple things, isn't it?
Celeste Jackson says
I find the mix of textures, flavors and colors very appealing! Looking forward to making this.
Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy it :)
These are definitely the type of recipes you should always share! I made this last night and my husband, who usually doesn't like "bowl" type meals, loved it! As did I- the flavors went so well together!
I'm excited to have found your blog - my new favorite!
I'm so happy to hear that you and your husband both enjoyed this recipe, Lauren! I will keep sharing the randomness :) Thanks for your kind words and feedback, Lauren!
This was seriously good!!!! Especially with the cinnamon haha I'll be having it again tomorrow for sure ????
So glad you enjoyed it, Michaela! The cinnamon is a surprise, isn't it? I love how it warms up the flavors!
I just made this and my boyfriend (who is newly plant-based) is raving about this meal! It was amazing.
One of my favorites! Even my meat loving husband and son love it!