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Homemade Burrito Bowls

After a great vacation in MN, I had a hectic Tuesday with an early morning flight followed by a full work day. It was great to see my coworkers after a few days off. Once I finished up work, I came home and decided it would be a night of errands, unpacking, and cooking.

When I got home, I was able to open my Nordstrom #NSale purchases. Their sale is one of my favorites, I love to stock up on big things for the year. This year my purchases were a few new work tops, a North Face winter coat (one of the best deals of the sale), and some new booties for casual Friday’s or everyday wear.

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 I had already decided to make one of my go to meals, Homemade Burrito Bowls with Guacamole. If I am ever asked to bring a side dish to a get together, its usually guacamole. I just love it. Everyone makes their guac differently with cilantro, garlic, garlic salt, onion (red, white, or yellow), tomatoes, lime, cream cheese, etc.  My recipe calls for red pepper (don’t knock until you try it), red onion, lime, and Livia’s Seasoning Salt-a mix of salt, garlic salt, and pepper. For this batch I used two avocados, 1/4 of a red pepper, less than 1/4 of a medium red onion, the lime juice from half a lime, and a few pinches of Livia’s.

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Now onto the burrito bowls– I love this meal because its easy, adaptable based on what you have around the house, and it tastes good as leftovers. First, start with a cooked rice-like substance- options- white rice, brown rice, quinoa, couscous, or cauliflower rice. In this bowl, I used couscous.

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Next, cook up your vegetables, meat, and fish. I always make this meal with corn and black beans as a base. The vegetables on the menu today were whatever looked tasty at Trader Joes– kale, zucchini, red pepper, and red onion. After cutting the vegetables, saute them in olive oil on the stove. I added cumin, red pepper flakes, and chili powder for some additional flavor. I didn’t add any meat or fish this round, but I plan to pan-fry some cod for meal #2.

Once these are all cooked, mix them up in a bowl, add some chips and cheese and save the leftovers for later. ENJOY!

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