Simple & Healthy Burrito Bowls

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Burrito bowls are perfect for weekend food prep, so you have a quick and healthy dinner or on-the-go lunch ready for a busy week.

Part of my food prep each weekend includes making these tasty burrito bowls. They’re oh-so simple and can be personalized with your favorite toppings. Once you have the base ingredients made, they take just minutes to toss together.

Burrito bowls are made with simple ingredients.

Brown rice. Beans. Meat, if you like. Veggies. And toppings, like salsa, cheese, sour cream.

I start my weekend food prep by getting a large pot of brown rice and black beans cooking. About every other week, I’ll also cook a whole chicken. I use the bones for chicken stock and shred the meat to use in meals all throughout the week.

All of these take a long time to cook, but are not labor intensive whatsoever. So I get everything going on the stove or in my crock pot, and then move on to my other food prep while those cook.

Time-saving tips:

To reduce cooking time, buy pre-cooked rotisserie chicken and use canned beans. These do cost a bit more, but you won’t lose any nutrition. You can also use minute rice, as traditional brown rice takes about 50 minutes to cook, but quicker-cooking rice will have a lower nutritional value.

Burrito bowls are perfect for weekend food prep, so you have a quick and healthy dinner or on-the-go lunch ready for a busy week. By Kaitlyn @ SimplifyingNutrition.com

Burrito bowls are perfect for lunch (or busy nights).

One of the best ways to eat healthier—and save a ton of money—is to eat more home-cooked foods. It sounds simple and straight-forward, but making a healthy lunch to take to work when you’re already running late is NOT simple. Or when you get home from work and everyone is starving, whipping together a healthy dinner is NOT simple.

So of course you’re going to buy a burger and fries for lunch, grab take-out on your way home, or pop a frozen pizza in the oven.

But what if you had healthy, and may I say delicious, burrito bowl ready to go in the fridge? Then, as you’re running out the door for work, you can just toss it in your lunch bag. Or when you get home from work late and have NO desire to cook (but everyone’s asking “what’s for dinner”), you can have a healthy meal ready in minutes.

Don’t forget to stock up on glass tupperware, so you can have all your burrito bowls prepped and ready in the fridge! Glass tupperware is much easier to clean than plastic, and then you can toss it in the microwave with no concerns about the plastic leaching into your food.

Share in the comments below: What’s your favorite go-to lunch? What do you put in your burrito bowls?

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Simple & Healthy Burrito Bowls
Burrito bowls made with simple ingredients are perfect for a quick and healthy lunch.
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 3 cups brown rice cooked
  • 3 cans black beans
  • 1 cup chicken shredded
  • 1/2 small red onion
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 cup salsa optional
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 3 cups brown rice cooked
  • 3 cans black beans
  • 1 cup chicken shredded
  • 1/2 small red onion
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 cup salsa optional
Instructions
  1. Cook brown rice according to package directions.
  2. Shred chicken (you can use baked chicken breasts or a whole chicken, either prepared yourself or store-bought rotisserie chicken)
  3. Slice red onion and bell pepper into strips.
  4. Heat olive oil in pan to med high heat. Add in sliced veggies, stirring occasionally, until just softened and lightly browned (or until desired consistency).
  5. To each of 4 tupperware containers, add 2/3 cup brown rice, 2/3 cup black beans, 1/4 cup shredded chicken. Then divide the veggies among the tupperware. Sprinkle 1/4 tsp of chili powder over the chicken.
  6. In a separate container, add salsa (or any other toppings you don't want going in the microwave).
  7. Store in the fridge and have a healthy meal waiting for you!
Recipe Notes

Black beans do not need to be rinsed. If you're watching sodium content, then either choose low-sodium canned beans or rinse and drain them.

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