We both love Chipolte, Cilantros, and Pancheros (both similar to Chipolte) but eating out adds up and we don’t have the money to do that very often so I make as much as I can at home and call it “Take-out At Home”. When we do eat out at one of the places listed above we both tend to go for the vegetarian option – I always get a bowl because it is gluten-free (the corn tacos are as well, but I like the bowl better) and Bryan goes back and forth between a bowl and a burrito. We are not vegetarians, although we do try to eat several meals a week that are vegetarian, but we always order the vegetarian option at these places. Why? Because you get free guacamole (except for Pancheros)! Go ahead and laugh but I would rather save the extra $1.00 – $1.50 and get the guac instead of meat. It’s a much healthier fat anyway.
These are so simple to make at home and cost way less money! Below is a simple, quick, and delicious way to prepare the vegetarian bowls at home. This is also a great recipe for those on a budget because it utilizes what you have in your freezer and cupboards! You can however feel free to use non-instant brown rice, or dried beans (soaked, and cooked), and fresh corn on the cob (if in season).
Vegetarian Burrito Bowls (Serves 2)
- Brown Rice, boil-in-the-bag 1 bag
- Cooking Spray As needed
- Corn, frozen – defrosted 1 cup
- Black beans, canned, no salt added 1 can
- Cumin, ground 1/2 teaspoon
- Cayenne Pepper, ground 1/2 teaspoon
- Lime, juice and zest 1 zested then sliced into wedges
- Avocado 1 pit removed, and flesh scooped out
- Cilantro 2 tablespoons chopped
- Salsa 1/2 cup, divided
- Lettuce, mixed greens 1/2 cup, divided
- Cheese, shredded 1/2 cup, divided
Method of Preparation:
In a medium sauce pan bring 4 cups of water to a boil and add the brown rice (boil-in-a-bag) and cook on medium high heat for 10 minutes. Once cooked, remove from water and drain slightly over the sink. Divide evenly between the two bowls.
Lightly spray a small sautee pan and heat over medium-high heat. Add corn and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. You are looking for a nice roasted color on the corn, you may need a little more or little less time depending on your stove. Be careful not to burn them.
In a small sauce pan add the canned beans (no salt added or low sodium is best). Add the cumin, cayenne pepper, a pinch of lime zest (1/4 teaspoon), and the juice of 1/4 of the lime. Cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes.
In a small bowl add the flesh of the avocado and mash it up with 1/8 teaspoon cumin, and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Squeeze 1/4 of the lime into the bowl and mix well. Set aside.
Add the remaining 1/2 of the lime juice, cilantro and lime zest evenly into the bowls with rice and mix well.
Top the rice with roasted corn, black beans, guacamole, lettuce, and shredded cheese. Serve with additional lime wedges if desired. Also great served with tortilla chips.
Looking for other Take-out At Home dishes? Check out these delicious recipes below:
Pumpkin Spice Muffins (Starbucks)
Szechuan Beef (P.F. Chang’s)