Salsa Verde Chicken Burrito Bowls
If you have been short on time in the last oh, I don’t know, DECADE, you have probably found yourself standing in line at someplace like Chipotle. I’ve been there, no shame, and it has been the food I needed to get me through the day. However, sometimes I laugh at how such a simple concept can make a world of difference. I also realize how easy something like that is to make at home.
I get it, ordering out can be fun and easy. The problem? You have no control as to what ingredients they use, the kind of oil, the quality of the meat, the PORTIONS, etc. When you make it at home, you get all the say. While I am all for eating out and enjoying food with friends, eating at home has been shown to improve your overall health.
Now that it is cold out (in Upstate NY anyway), I thought it was time for me to make a nice warm homemade burrito bowl. I was up for making my own at home to see if I could make it as tasty as one I would get out with a little bit of a healthy spin. Not to mention, frozen cauliflower rice now exists, sooooooo my burrito bowl is a little healthier than most.
Convenience is a Game Changer
Now, let me touch on the frozen cauliflower rice for a second. GAME CHANGER. Now, I know, I can make cauliflower rice on my own with a food processor and a head of cauliflower. I’ve done it a million times. But let’s all talk about the disaster that our kitchen becomes. Cauliflower remnants EVERYWHERE. Not to mention, cleaning a food processor some days just makes me want to throw my hands up and order take-out, or opt for rice.
If you want to make Cauliflower Rice on your own, check out The Real Food RD’s version here!
Rice itself is not unhealthy. However, a cup of cauliflower rice has a lot less carbohyrates (I like saving my carbs for chocolate, fruit and wine) and is packed with nutrients like potassium and vitamin C. These nutrients help to balance your body’s electrolytes and protect your immune system. What else could you ask for from your dinner?
I keep this frozen gloriousness in my freezer for when I am in a pinch or for when I really, REALLY, don’t want to deal with the mess I would make if I were making it myself. Sometimes the price of convenience is oh, so worth it. I always tell my clients to keep convenient vegetables on hand so that you have no excuse, frozen riced cauliflower is a must in that case! (I find mine at Whole Foods & Trader Joe’s).
Healthy Chicken Burrito Bowls
Burrito bowls are a wonderful thing. You can beef them up and add your own pizazz. You can think of this as a healthier version of your Chipotle burrito bowl, one that is #sassyapproved and okay to eat more than once a week 🙂 Afterall, it is loaded with veggies, fiber, flavor and deliciousness.
Snag your own Instant Pot for fast and simple dinners (or any meals) here! It has been a game-changer in my house and is worth the storage space. Pulled chicken in 30 minutes is ready without the mess of boiling it in water over your stovetop.
Pro tip: If you do not have a pressure cooker/Instant Pot, you can make the chicken in a slower cooker. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
Alright, let’s dig in!
I almost forgot to mention, I had a side of tortilla chips (one of my favorite indulgences) with my burrito bowl. I figured since I had no tortillas and no white rice, I could splurge a bit on the chips. Not to mention, I tried Siete Foods Avocado Oil Chips at Expo East and have been addicted ever since! Unlike most “healthy” tortilla chips, they hold up to a chunky salsa (like the Bean & Corn one above) so you won’t have to save a chip with another chip and be left with a pile of soggy chip pieces at the end.
What are your favorite burrito bowl toppings?
Do you prefer homemade or Chipotle?
Post in the comments so we can make the Sassiest combo of Burrito bowls out there!
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