Bowls That’ll Make Moe’s Jealous

Finally home to spend the last weekend of Spring Break ’17 with my family! You know there’ll be some cooking going on. Tonight we tag-teamed this awesome burrito bowl meal, which we all agree is one of the easiest and best things we make. If you’ve been to Moe’s or Chipotle, you’ll know that burrito bowls are a big trend right now (rightfully so!) You start with rice, and top them with anything else you could fit into a burrito, minus the tortilla. Tonight we used chicken, but we’ve made epic shrimp bowls, too, and hope to try steak in the future. You could even go meatless and just use the black beans, or sautéed tofu. These bowls pack a lot of micronutrients, protein, and healthy fats into a small package, and also yield some great leftovers!

Here’s how our bowl-prep went:

Dad and I made the homemade guacamole while Mom and Anna started the rice 🙂 We used whole grain brown rice. I love the flavor of this, it’s healthier, and it’s way more fun than just plain white.

rice
Anna’s finished rice 🙂

Ever skinned an avocado? The easiest way we’ve found is to cut it in half, remove the pit, and scoop out each side with a spoon.

For our guac, we just add lemon juice and sour cream to taste, and mash it all together. This was 2 avocados, about 1/2 cup sour cream, and 2 big squeezes of lemon juice.

stirring guac

Finished product! You can add spices, but we like to keep it plain for this so it doesn’t overpower the rest of the bowl.

After the guac, Dad and I drained and rinsed some reduced-sodium black beans, put them on the stove to heat, and chopped up 4 chicken breasts. We cooked those in a little olive oil in a skillet.

Meanwhile, Mom and Anna cut some corn off the cob and threw it in another skillet with another dash of olive oil. All 4 eyes going at one time, no big deal 🙂 Then Anna chopped up some fresh tomatoes, and that’s everything we needed!

And here’s our topping bar – freshly grated monterey jack cheese, sour cream, guacamole, black olives, tomatoes, and green tomatillo salsa. On the stove we had the rice, chicken, black beans, and corn.

guac

Once you prep all your ingredients – which can be as few or as many as you’d like – you’re ready to pile up your bowl! Here’s mine –

bowl close up
Yup. 🙂

We also had some corn tortilla chips on the side (look for those with the fewest, most natural ingredients) with salsa 🙂 Here’s our pretty finished meal!

family bowls

I hope you’re inspired to throw whatever you want in a bowl and call it Tex-mex!

Bonus points if your Grannie brings over some key lime pie for dessert 🙂 Happy Spring Break!

pie
With almond milk, of course 🙂

Stay bright,

Rae

 

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