Like many people, Chris and his friends love Chipotle. And, actually, as far as Mexican restaurants go, it’s one of the healthier options. They offer a customizable menu with fresh ingredients and cruelty and hormone free meats. Just opt for the burrito bowl to eliminate the 300-calorie flour tortilla that wraps the normal burrito. Otherwise, even though it is served with white rice, you do end up with a filling and nutritious meal comprised of lean meats and filling beans, rice, and veggies. Add some healthy fats by choosing the guacamole instead of the sour cream and cheese.
Now, I love a burrito bowl as much as the next person, and Chipotle is good in a pinch, but why not create your own? This way you can control the cooking, calories, and nutrition even more!
Tre’s Burrito Bowl
I chose to use brown rice for added fiber and nutrients, as well as, veggies, beans, and a dollop of tempeh. So glad I have leftovers for today!
1 cup brown rice
1 red, yellow, and green bell pepper, sliced
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
4 cups fresh spinach
dry taco seasoning
prepared guacamole (if you are worried about portion control, Wholly Guacamole actually has individual packages of guac so you don’t overdo it)
salsa of choice
1. Combine 2 cups of water, 1 cup of rice, and 2 Tbsp of the taco seasoning in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover, and cook for length specified on package. Fluff with fork.
2. Meanwhile, spray a pan with non-stick spray and saute the peppers over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add part of the taco seasoning and a couple Tablespoons of water to the pan and continue cooking until peppers are soft. Add black beans and spinach, stir and cook until heated through and spinach is wilted. Adjust seasoning to taste.
3. When ready to serve, add a serving of rice to a bowl, top it with the bean and veggie mixture and top with salsa and guacamole. I happened to have some pre-cooked tempeh from another meal, so I added a little bit of that on top too. It ended up being a great addition and I wish I had had more of it! (A little dollop of Tofutti sour cream also ended up finding it’s way onto my bowl 😉 )