Healthy eating can be full of flavor. Here’s a riff on burrito bowls that replaces many of the carbohydrates with veggie alternatives. Change up one of your favorite Mexican food recipes and enjoy a bowl packed with vitamins and nutrients!
For the cauliflower rice:
- ½ cup diced onions
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small head of raw cauliflower cut into medium florets
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon chipotle pepper powder, or to taste
For the burrito bowls:
- 2 large portions of cauliflower rice
- 1 cup black beans, warmed
- 2 cups kale or spinach, wilted and sautéed in olive oil
- ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- ½ cup green onions, chopped
- ½ cup spicy salsa
- 2 handfuls shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 ripe avocado, sliced or cut into chunks
- half a lime
- pickled jalapeños
- fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
- corn tortilla chips
To make the cauliflower rice, put the florets in a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Process until the cauliflower is ground into rice- or couscous-sized bits. Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil, onions and garlic. Fry until onions are translucent. Add the cauliflower bits to the heated pan and toss to combine. Cook until the “rice” has softened slightly and browned, about 6 to 8 minutes. Season generously with salt and pepper, cumin, and chipotle pepper powder. Remove the “rice” mixture from heat and spoon into two large bowls. If you have any excess rice, store it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Warm black beans over medium heat in a small saucepan.
Squeeze fresh lime juice over avocado slices. Salt lightly.
Wash and dry kale or spinach. Remove stems. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a sauté pan until hot. Add greens stirring constantly – they will wilt very quickly. Cook until any liquid released has evaporated.
To make the burrito bowls, start with large shallow bowls or plates. Spoon cauliflower rice onto the plate. Spoon warmed black beans next to the rice. Spoon sautéed kale next to the beans. Top generously with hot salsa, tomatoes, green onions, shredded cheese, ripe avocado, pickled jalapeños and fresh cilantro. Enjoy with corn tortilla chips.
Healthy eating, healthy life!
A well-balanced diet, using fresh vegetables and leafy greens, is just one part of your good health plan. Having the right healthcare partner is another important part.