My Favorite Weeknight Meal: Spicy Burrito Bowl

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Why are weeknight meals always so stressful and annoying to prepare? I often find myself racking my brain on my commute home– Should I make pasta? No, that’s too heavy. Sweet potatoes with rice/veggies? No, that’ll take too long. Salad? No, that’s boring. 

However, I have discovered a recipe that is healthy, versatile, quick, and most importantly delicious. I end up making this around 3 of 5 weeknights most weeks.

It consists of mostly raw veggies, beans, some form of carb (usually rice or pasta), and an easy dressing (I’ll give you a couple options).

FOR THE SALAD
  • A couple cups of greens (lettuce, spinach, kale, etc)
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1 tomato/handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 1/4 or 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 cup beans
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup carb of choice (e.g. rice or pasta)

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OTHER OPTIONAL ADD-INS:
  • Pickles
  • Pickled jalapeno
  • Olives
  • Kimchi (my personal favorite)
  • Corn
  • Salsa (you can see some of my favorites here)
  • Cilantro
  • Tortilla chips (I really like The Better Chip brand)

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FOR DRESSING OPTION #1 (ASIAN)
  • Spoonful gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)
  • Small spoonful miso
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • Water as needed
  • Sesame seeds (a couple shakes will do)
  • Water as needed

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FOR DRESSING OPTION #2 (TANGY)
  • Spoonful gochujang
  • 1 tbsp tahini or 1 to 2 tbsp hummus
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Water as needed

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DIRECTIONS: 

Chop the veggies (greens, onion, tomato, bell pepper, and avocado) into small, bite-size pieces. Add them to a large mixing bowl. Add in the salsa, beans, and carb of choice. Mix everything together until well-combined.

Mix all the dressing ingredients together. Add more water until you reach the consistency you desire. Pour the dressing over the veggie mixture. Mix again until everything is well-combined. Transfer to a serving bowl. EAT!

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Chopped veggies before the mixing
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Asian to left; tangy to the right

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For more healthy, vegan meal ideas, follow me on IG: @annawildman

 

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