This cauliflower caprese skillet has all the flavors of the classic caprese, amped up! It’s a healthy flavor bomb of a dinner!
Today, the dictionary is WRONG.
I just googled “what does Caprese mean?” and I was told “refers to something that comes from the Italian island of Capri.”
I’m calling Google’s bluff today. F-A-L-S-E with a capital FALSE.
I think you and I can both agree that the TRUE, real-life definition of “Caprese” should be “a flavor bomb of crazy delicious things that taste cheesy and fresh in your food-loving mouth.”
The magical combo of juicy tomatoes, fragrant basil, a drizzle of olive oil and that CHEWY, SOFT and UBER luscious Mozzarella is enough to send anyone in a downward spiral of food addiction.
Except the kind of addiction that you NEVER want to break free from. You know the kind.
Side note: this kind of addiction also happens when you learn you can make CROCK POT paleo cookies with chocolate chips. Totally 100% addicted to making those on a regular basis.
Back to your new favorite dinner of all the dinners.
My one beef (or should we say turkey?) with an avocado caprese salad, or caprese tarts is that they just don’t FEEL hearty. I don’t get that satisfied-just-ate-nutritious-food-and-now-the-HANGER-is-gone kinda feeling inside my stomach when I munch on tomatoes and cheese. It’s just doesn’t feel SOUL SATISYING.
You know what I’m talkin’ about.
Just like we are changing the definition of words, we are A-L-S-O changing that lack-of-satisfying-feeling today because this skillet meal of fresh, saucy goodness?
Packed with protein? CHECK. A dose of HIDDEN veggies? OH YEAAAA. Low carb but feels SO NOT? YES YES YES!
So, cauliflower patties. Let’s discuss.
I can already see your eyeballs peering at me question and wondering what in the planet Earth is a cauliflower patty? To be quite honest, I am not even 100% sure myself. I don’t even know if it was ever a thing in food-land until the very moment that your eyes peeped at them. AKA: RIGHT NOW.
But, I was inspired by cauliflower pizzas. And decide that we make mini-fy a cauliflower crust and bake it inside a skillet of creamy, tomato yumminess that had just the right flavor profiles of basil! Oregano! Garlic! And then load it up with ooey-gooey cheese, super-fresh basil, and call it Caprese.
It was also decided that it would be extra super delicious on top of a bed of fresh zucchini noodles. Spring is in the air my friends, it’s time to eat ALL THE VEGETABLES.
The main thing I love about this weeknight-dinner skillet of fancy-feeling Italian flavors is that you would actually never know that you’re shoveling 80% vegetables into your hungry-feed-me-now-dinner-eating belly. The addition of ground turkey makes it feel all COZY and HEARTY and other general good food vibes that I know you’re going to love.
Let’s be real. How could you not love anything that uses, not one, but T-W-O varieties of Mozzarella?
My cheese loving-friends of internet-land, you know what they say: good big, or go home.
Spoiler alert: double the cheese is DEFINITELY not going home.
Unless you’re going home so that fancy-you can face plant into this fancy-feeling dinner.