Being a fan of Chipotle and their amazing burrito bowls, I make my own versions all the time at home. I skip the oil and go easy on the salt which makes everything taste super fresh and flavorful and leaves me feeling comfortably satisfied. The best thing about making burrito bowls at home is that you can add whatever you like and can switch it up every time you make it to keep things exciting! Because who likes eating the same dinner all the time?! I've made so many of these delicious bowls that I want to share some of the different ingredients I have used and give you some of my best tips!
Build your own burrito bowl:
Step 1: Prepare your rice. To make this a quick meal, prepare your rice ahead of time according to package instructions or by using a rice cooker (which I highly recommend!). If using brown rice, be sure to rinse and then soak for at least 8 hours prior to cooking to release the natural phytic acid that like to bind to the other minerals in your food and prevent your body from absorbing them. You can learn more about the benefit of soaking grains here
Tip: I like to cook a big batch of rice in the beginning of the week so that I can easily use it for other recipes throughout the week.
Add some flavor! Squeeze in some fresh lime juice and add fresh cilantro, salt and pepper, to taste. No measurements required! That's what taste testing is for! And if you're one of those unfortunate souls who doesn't like cilantro, just leave it out. More for me! :).
Step 2: Prepare your beans (or protein of choice). If you're in a time crunch you can use canned beans.
Tip: Look for cans that say "no salt added" and be sure to rinse the beans well in a colander before serving. I like to cook up dried beans that I buy in bulk. Just like the rice, beans need to be soaked anywhere from 4-8 hours and can be made in big batches to save for future meals.
Spice it up! My favorite seasonings for beans are garlic powder, black pepper, paprika, cayenne, cumin, oregano, chipotle seasoning, liquid smoke, and chopped green onions. You can't go wrong here; season it up however you like! You could even get super simple and use a pre-made fajita or taco seasoning! I do recommend the liquid smoke though because it makes it taste much more like Chipotle's beans :)
Step 3: Assemble your veggies! This is the fun part! Pick and choose whatever you like or have on hand. I like to add corn, salsa (can be store-bought!), lettuce and/or raw or sauteed bell peppers and onion. I've also been known to step out of the normal burrito zone and add things like peas and roasted potatoes. Why not? It's your bowl!
Tip: Do less work and make this super quick by using any veggies that you have leftover in your fridge. I also like buying organic frozen corn and peas because they cook up super quick and easy!
Step 4: Add the finishing touches: Garnish your bowl with more fresh cilantro and lime juice and add hot sauce if that's your thing! I also love adding some of Farmhouse Culture's raw and organic smoked jalapeno sauerkraut. It adds a tangy crunch and is an excellent probiotic source, perfect for boosting digestion and keeping your belly happy! For me, guacamole is a must-have, but if you're short on time you can just add chopped avocado or skip it altogether! And you know what's better than Chipotle's guacamole? Making your own for much cheaper!
Easy Guac Recipe: It's easy because I don't measure anything (and neither should you!)
- For 2 servings: Mash 1 ripe avocado in a bowl, squeeze in juice from 1/2 a lime, and then mix in any or all of the following: fresh cilantro, diced onion, diced tomato, and chopped jalapeno. Taste test and adjust as needed!
There you have it! A basic guide to creating your own wholesome and personalized burrito bowl! If the rice is made ahead of time this meal comes together in under 30 minutes which is perfect for those of us who don't have time to spend all day in the kitchen (although I totally would if I could!).
If you are making extra for leftovers, I recommend making the guac fresh or adding avocado right before serving. Also, wait to add any lettuce or salsa into just before serving. Adding fresh foods to leftovers helps bring them back to life! When I pack this meal up for my fiance for lunch at work, I pack the rice, beans and cooked veggies together and then give him a separate container for guac so he can add it when he warms up the rest.
If you make your own burrito bowl, snap a photo, post it on Instagram and tag me @sunsoulwellness! I'd love to see your creations!
And for those of you in the Lockport, IL area, I am hosting a group coaching program beginning October 1st! It's a 4 class series meeting Thursday evenings at 7:15 at Gawea Yoga. You can get all the details here :)