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meatballs and cauliflower rice

Carne Asada Meatballs with Arroz Amarillo

  • Author: Cristina Curp
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Latin
  • Diet: Gluten Free


All the amazing flavors of Carne Asada in easy meatballs that are perfect for batch cooking. Served over roasted yellow cauliflower rice!



Carne Asada Marinade

  • Juice of 1  lemon
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 teaspoons fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2  large onion, small diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil


For Arroz Amarillo/ Yellow Rice

  • 6 cups frozen riced cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 3 tablespoons bacon fat
  • Extra Fresh cilantro, for garnish


  1. Mix all of the marinade ingredients in a small bowl and let it sit in the fridge overnight or at least one hour.
  2. When ready to cook, pre-heat oven to 400F.
  3. Add the marinade to a large bowl with the meat, gelatin, and psyllium husk. Mix well. Shape 18-20 2 inch meatballs. Brush with bacon fat.
  4. Put meatballs in the oven, center rack. Set a timer for 25 minutes.
  5. Right after you put the meatballs in the oven, get the rice ready. 
  6. Toss the frozen cauliflower with the rest of the yellow rice ingredients all together on a sheet pan, then spread the rice flat out all over the sheet pan. Pop the rice in the oven too, top rack.
  7. When your timer goes off, remove the meatballs from the oven. Set the oven to broil the rice for 5 minutes. Then remove that from the oven.
  8. Serve 3-4 meatballs over the rice. Spoon the pan sauce over everything (yum) and sprinkle with fresh cilantro!

Recipe Notes:

  • If you don’t to psyllium husk or flax you can use 1 tablespoon of coconut flour or 1/4 cup almond meal instead.


  • Serving Size: 4 meatballs
  • Calories: 426
  • Fat: 26g
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 36g