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Jerk Meatball and Cauliflower Rice Bowls
with seared plantains

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We're traveling to Jamaica tonight as our trip around the world for the Olympics continues! These unique, flavor-packed meatballs will give you a taste of the Caribbean with seared plantains and a fresh, tart pineapple salsa. This meal was last featured in 2020.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Cauliflower rice:
  • Cauliflower florets - 1 lb
  • Ghee - 2 Tbsp
Pineapple Salsa:
  • Shallots - 2 cloves , diced
  • Jalapenos (opt) - 1/2 , diced and seeded if you want less heat
  • Avocados - 1 , chopped
  • Pineapple - 1 cup , diced (use fresh or canned)
  • Cilantro leaves - 2 Tbsp , chopped
  • Lime juice - 2 tsp
Jerk Meatball and Cauliflower Rice Bowls:
  • Beef, ground and lean - 1 1/2 lbs
  • Eggs - 1
  • Almond meal - 1/4 cup
  • Jerk seasoning - 2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
Seared Plantains:
  • Plantains, large - 3 , peeled and sliced (ripe plantains resemble bananas but should be very dark brown on the outside)
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp

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Prep

  1. Cauliflower rice - Pulse florets in a food processor until broken up into ‘rice’-sized bits. Cook rice in one of two ways: 1) Microwave for 4 to 5 minutes and then fold in ghee. Season with some salt and pepper; or 2) Heat a pan over medium-high heat and add ghee. Saute cauliflower in heated ghee for ~5 minutes, until tender but still crunchy. Season to taste with some salt and pepper. Watch this video for the full how-to on cauliflower rice. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Shallots / Jalapenos - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make meatballs - Combine ground beef, egg, almond meal, Jerk seasoning, salt, and pepper. (Note: If using a pre-seasoned blend of Jerk seasoning, you may want to reduce the salt and pepper amounts.) Form into 1” / 2.5 cm meatballs. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes and up to a day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Plantains / Avocados / Pineapple / Cilantro - Prep as directed.
  5. Make salsa - Combine shallots, jalapenos, avocados, pineapple, cilantro, and lime juice.

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Make

  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add cooking oil (portion for meatballs) and then add meatballs to heated oil.
  2. Saute until meatballs are browned and cooked through (if they are browning quickly and not cooked on the inside, you can add a splash of water and cover with a lid to help them cook more evenly), 7 to 9 minutes.
  3. While meatballs cook, heat a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil (portion for plantains) and then plantain slices to heated oil. (Cook in batches if your pan isn't large enough to hold all of the slices without overlapping.) Sear plantains until golden brown and tender, 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Season with some salt.
  4. If cauliflower rice was made ahead, reheat in the microwave.
  5. Assemble bowls by topping cauliflower rice with meatballs, plantains, and pineapple salsa. Enjoy!

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