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Spicy Penne Arrabbiata and Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

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Spicy Penne Arrabbiata and Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

This week is starting off so crazy y’all! Today was my first day back in the gym in about four weeks. I’ve been sick with some kind of respiratory virus that had me on strict bed rest through the holidays. I have a ton of work to do, three recipes I want to share with y’all this month and I’m collaborating with some amazing bloggers on an “organization inspiration link up” for this month.

I feel like I’m so behind on life right now and when I’m feeling like this my first inclination is to have a caffeinated breakfast beverage and work through lunch. The thing about doing that is I end up feeling sluggish, irritable and hungry by dinner time. I want to get this week off to a good start so instead of filling my body with empty calories, I picked up the LEAN CUISINE® Marketplace Spicy Penne Arrabbiata I’ve been wanting to try along with a few other flavors from Target. I also grabbed a small cauliflower because I’ve been craving cauliflower rice lately and thought it would be a great time to share the recipe with you.

When I have a busy week, LEAN CUISINE® Marketplace meals are super convenient for my lifestyle. I workout and am intentional about what I put in my body. I try not to eat foods that have a empty calories and bunch of ingredients I can’t even pronounce. LEAN CUISINE® Marketplace meals are the total opposite. On the labels, you’ll find the same ingredients you’d see in your own kitchen.
Spicy Penne Arrabbiata and Cilantro Lime Cauliflower RiceThe fact that the meals have great ingredients won me over, but what sealed the deal was the amazing flavors. I haven’t tried them all but I absolutely love the LEAN CUISINE® Marketplace Pomegranate Chicken which has tender white meat chicken strips, seasoned green beans and yellow carrots in pomegranate sauce. My newest favorite is the LEAN CUISINE® Marketplace Spicy Penne Arrabbiata that tastes very similar to my recipe and not like some cheap frozen dinner. If you’ve never had a Lean Cusine Marketplace meal you have to try them. When I had the Lean Cuisine Spicy Penne Arrabbiata I paired it with a fresh and flavorful side Herbed Cauliflower rice. It’s fresh, easy to make and ready by the time your Spicy Penne Arrabbiata is hot.


Lean Cuisine Spicy Penne Arrabbiata andCilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Spicy Penne Arrabbiata and Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

  • 1 small cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of dried cilantro
  • salt


1. Cut 1/3 of the cauliflower into chunks and process the cauliflower in the food processor until it’s crumbly.

2. Add olive oil and cilantro to a large pan over medium heat.

3. Add the garlic, cauliflower rice, salt to taste and lime juice.

4. Cook for 8 minutes, until cauliflower rice, is tender. While the cauliflower rice is cooking, heat the Lean Cuisine Spicy Penne Arrabbiata according to the instructions on the box.

5. Plate the cauliflower rice and spoon the Lean Cuisine Spicy Penne Arrabbiata on top and serve hot.

Spicy Penne Arrabbiata and Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
You should definitely pencil this recipe in on your meal plan. Right now Lean Cusine meals are on sale for $1.99 at Target making it the perfect time to stock up and try some of the different recipes. If you need more recipe inspiration, join me every Thursday in January for a live menu planning session here on Instagram.
What is your go-to meal when you’re super busy?


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37 thoughts on “Spicy Penne Arrabbiata and Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

  1. I have bought Lean Cuisine meals before but never the Lean Cusine Marketplace meals–I really have to try one or two.

  2. I love the idea of a cauliflower rice dish. I've never heard of such a thing and plan to make some.

  3. This is a great way to incorporate Lean Cuisine and make it into a homemade meal. Looks and sounds amazing!!

  4. So creative! And it looks absolutely delicious!

  5. What a cool idea to serve this over cauli rice! I love it and really need to make cauli rice more often – this is a yummy reminder!

  6. This looks delicious. Didn't know this existed. Must hit up the freezer aisle.

  7. Wow, this penne dish looks really wonderful! I will have to give these a try soon! thank you for sharing!

  8. This looks like such a yummy meal! I would never think to pair these two food but I bet it is delicious.

  9. Yum! I am a HUGE fan of the Lean Cuisine meals. My favorites are the Asian-inspired ones. In fact, I had the Sesame Chicken today! I gotta try this penne one out!

    1. Now I want to try the Asian inspired flavors! There are so many I'm making a list of my favorites as I try them.

  10. I need to change to gluten-free lifestyle. This will make the transition much easier.

    1. These will absolutely make that transition easier. Lean Cusine has so many options I'm sure you'll find some you like.

  11. This looks so simple and sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  12. I've tried the Spicy Penne Arrabiata and it is so delicious! I would love to try the Sweet Sriracha Braised Beef too. Thank you for reminding me to stock up on these delicious frozen meals, and thank you too for the cauliflower rice recipe! 🙂

    1. The Sweet Sriracha Braised Beef is so yum! I had it for the first time this week! I'm definitely stocking up too while they are on sale at Target this month.

  13. Lean Cuisine is tops! Perfect for busy mom days. I would love to try your recipe. It would be a great base for any dish and is also an awesome way to get the kids to eat their veggies.

    1. Jennifer you are so right! On busy days I can work right through lunch if i don't have a simple solution like Lean Cuisine in my freezer.

  14. This is so great! The only thing I've done with my cauliflower rice is to make a "fried rice" Asian-style cuisine. I was wondering how I can use it in a different way! This looks so delicious. Rao's Arrabiata is my favorite! 🙂

    1. I'm going to try it as a fri had rice next! I've heard so many good things about using it that way.

  15. arrabbiata is one of myf avorite sauces. I always order it if its on the menu. Its soooo good. This looks great!

  16. This looks delicious! We've wanted to try cauliflower rice for a while now but never got around to it. This looks like the perfect dish to do it. And having Lean Cuisine makes it that much easier!

    1. Good quality Lean Cusine frozen meals are great to have on hand. I use them for lunches mostly. I need to buy more for next week.

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