Better Burrito Bowls

burrito bowl

2018 is here! I can’t believe how fast the holidays flew by for us! I know everyone usually says “new year. new you”, but this year I have a wedding to get ready for! My game plan is a better healthier version of myself. We already cleaned up all the holiday decorations and removed a lot of the holiday sweets from the house.

Now I am not a big snack person, but I think that is what has been holding me back. So instead of my usual one medium meal and one big meal a day I am going to have tiny meals throughout the day. I have also decided to give up diet coke Sunday-Friday. If I do well during the week I’m going to allow myself to have it on Saturdays because it really is my all time favorite treat.

burrito bowl

One of my favorite foods in the world are burritos. Breakfast, lunch or dinner there is a burrito for every time of the day. Obviously burritos are not going to help me on my health journey so I had to think outside of the tortilla. Burrito bowls are my go to at places like Chipotle, but I wanted to make it a little bit healthier.

burrito bowl

You can definitely switch out the ingredients that I used to make it even lower in calories. The most important ingredient for me is the homemade pico de gallo. I could eat this on literally anything. Yesterday I had some red pepper hummus and celery, but I topped each bite with pico because I am obsessed!

burrito bowl

Better Burrito Bowls
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Healthier burrito bowls filled with grilled chicken and veggies!
Ingredients
  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • (season with salt pepper and olive oil)
  • 5 roma tomatoes chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • ½ cup of jalapenos (fresh or pickled)
  • ¼ cup of chopped cilantro
  • juice from 1 lime
  • salt and pepper
  • chopped lettuce
  • 1 cup of basmati rice cooked and fluffed
  • 1 more lime zested and juiced
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • light sour cream
  • red onion sliced
  • hot sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat a grill or grill pan.
  2. Mark your chicken and cook through
  3. Cool and slice
  4. saute the sliced red onion with a little more olive oil
  5. Add lime zest and lime juice to the rice with a little salt and pepper
  6. For the pico- in a bowl add the lime juice, onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, salt and pepper
  7. To assemble your bowls-
  8. Add lettuce and rice to a bowl
  9. Top with chicken and onions
  10. Spoon pico on top with a sprinkle of cheese
  11. I love lots of hot sauce on mine and a little sour cream!

burrito bowl

I hope you all try to make your version of a healthier burrito bowl! Happy New Year!

 

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20(ish) Minute Tuesdays : Chicken Kabobs With Fresh Jalapeno Chimichurri

kabobs

I have been dying to make a chimichurri sauce ever since my mom send me a new food processor. Seriously, the most handy device in the kitchen. Most of the sauces chimichurri sauces I love are amazing straight from the processor. This sauce I brushed onto the kabobs as they grilled. The result was perfectly juicy chicken and veggies with crispy edges. This meal can be prepared in around 20 minutes! It is so fast and flavorful!

Side note- Patrick and I found this tiny restaurant tucked away on a back road Sunday. The menu was a mix of Korean flavors with a Mexican twist. Korean BBQ tacos with freshly pickled jalapenos and cabbage slaw tossed in a light vinaigrette. They served a side of double fried french fries seasoned with sesame oil and lemon pepper. Such a great find! Last Friday we took the kids to the food truck friday event down town and shared some of the most amazing treats. My favorite indulgence was a homemade biscuit topped with buttermilk fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, bacon jam and fresh pimento cheese. I cannot even describe how amazing each bite was. Fluffy buttery biscuit with crunchy tomato and juicy chicken. I see many more food truck visits in my future!

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20 Minute Tuesdays : Chicken Kabobs With Fresh Jalapeno Chimichurri
Recipe type: Chicken, Kabobs
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Juicy chicken kabobs brushed with fresh jalapeno chimichurri.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound of chicken breast
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • ½ of a white onion
  • 1 bunch of fresh parsley
  • 1 sprig of fresh oregano
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • ½ stick of melted butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 fresh jalapeno
  • 1 bag of mini red potatoes
Instructions
  1. I use a charcoal grill, but preheat any grill you have available.
  2. Quick tip for cooking potatoes fast- dump potatoes in a tupperware. Poke a few holes in each. Set the lid on top, but do not seal the entire way. Microwave on high for 5-6 minutes. Set to the side to cool slightly.
  3. Cut chicken, onion and pepper into even chunks. Slide onto a kabob skewer. I prefer metal.
  4. On a separate skewer add all the potatoes.
  5. In a food processor blend herbs, spices olive oil, jalapeno and butter.
  6. Lay the skewers on the grill and brush the chimichurri onto the meat and veggies.
  7. Cook on each side for 10 minutes.
  8. Brushing extra chimichurri as you flip.
  9. Cook until chicken temp reaches 165 degrees.
  10. Let rest.

If you want something a little extra smash all the potatoes with a fork when you remove them from the grill. Top with garlic powder, cracked pepper and cheddar cheese.

I am pretty sure I will make this meal a few times a week. It was so amazing. Light and healthy, yet filling!

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