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  1. So funny, I make a variation of this all the time. LOVE doing chicken thighs in the crockpot with southwest seasonings…such a treat to have a meal waiting in the fridge. Then I pile on whatever else I like…always avocado or guac, and some fresh salsa. The seasoned squash is totally new to me. Can’t wait to try. Thanks for the inspiration! Oh, and I sometimes turn the chicken thighs into a southwest soup, which is a great way to add some bone broth!

  2. Thanks so much for helping me to decide what to make for supper…While I did not make this exactly and I will next time…I had a steak out so cut it in strips, marinaded it in Cumin, red pepper flakes, Smokey Paprika, Red pepper,Chili powder and olive oil for about an hour. Cooked the steak with onions and peppers like you would fajitas…always wanted to make cauliflower rice…it was awesome! We topped everything with Salsa and Guacamole and Mexican Cheese…Yumm had a few corn ships too…Loved it.. Will definitely become a part of our dinner rountine! ..My husband does not really care for rice and when he saw the cauliflower he said…..ahhh…I said just wait…it’s not rice…Now what are you trying to trick me to eat? I had to laugh…he loved it!!!

  3. This is a must try dish! All elements really come together to make one amazing dish. I like that you use coconut oil for the cauliflower rice. It makes the dish healthier!

  4. Hi Lauren. I just came from reading an older post where you used the term “grass-fed gelatin”. Gelatin, beef, etc. are not “grass-fed”. COWS are grass-fed. Then they are killed to make beef & gelatin & other things. I was hoping in the interim between when that column was published (2014) & now that you might have decided not to eat animals or products derived from animals but I see that didn’t happen. We do not have to eat animals. We just do not have to. We choose to. Thank you.

  5. I made this last night. It was amazing! My family loved it, one person didn’t know that the “rice” was cauliflower until I told them. I used sweet potatoes instead of squash. I was a little freaked out by the cauliflower, but everything came together wonderfully. It is such a great medley of flavors. I used homemade salsa with the chicken and made some guacamole to go with everything. Great recipe, clear instructions. Thank you!

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Lauren Geertsen, NTP

I’m an author, entrepreneur, and nutritional therapy practitioner (NTP). I began this website at 19, to share the steps that freed my life of chronic disease and medication. Now, Empowered Sustenance has reached 30 million readers with healthy recipes and holistic resources.

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