Pantry must have: black beans

11 Apr

Recently over a burrito bowl at Chipotle, I realized how great the idea of a vegetable filled burrito bowl actually is. Why should it be reserved for restaurants only? With a few ingredients from both the pantry and the fridge, this could be a go-to weeknight staple, that we all need in our repertoire. I’m all in favor of promoting pantry essentials to structure weeknight meals. I happen to love black beans, rice and sauteed vegetables. Protein + Fiber + Healthful fat. Check, Check, Check! You can use your creativity (like adding meat), or not, to create you own unique burrito bowl in less than 20 minutes (including the cooking process). I have no aversion to eating leftovers, and this serves as an excellent lunch at work.

Chipotle-inspired Vegetarian Burrito Bowl

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2 cups brown rice, cooked
1 cup black beans
1 large green pepper + 1 large onion, sauteed in 1 Tbs. olive oil
1 cup frozen corn, cooked
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
cherry tomatoes, halved
shredded romaine lettuce
avocado, diced
sour cream (optional)
salsa (optional)
Fresh cilantro and jalapeno peppers for garnish (optional)

In a bowl add 1/2 cup of the cooked brown rice, Begin layering the bowls with black beans, sauteed peppers and onions, cherry tomatoes, cooked corn, and shredded cheese. Top with the shredded lettuce, avocado, salsa, sour cream, jalapeno and fresh cilantro as desired. Serve immediately!

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2 Responses to “Pantry must have: black beans”

  1. Marcos Augusto April 11, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    I love it!

  2. yourothermotherhere April 30, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    I’m with Marcos. I love it too. Beans are such an excellent way to get protein – especially black beans.

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