We all have those moments when we are super hungry but don’t necessarily have the time—or energy—to cook an elaborate meal.
One of our favorite quick-and-easy, filling meals is the vegetarian burrito bowl. It’s a great lunch or a fast dinner (maybe round it out with a side—we ate ours with acorn squash). It’s also a great meal for college students! Real, tasty food with minimal cost, effort, and time commitment. Plus, it doesn’t require advanced cooking skills. If you can make rice, you can make this. 🙂
If you have cooked rice on hand, you can mix this up in five minutes flat. (But if you do need to cook rice, make some extra so you’ll have leftovers tomorrow when you want to eat the same thing again. Because, you probably will. And if not, you can eat the rice along with Veggie-Loaded Chicken Curry.)
This is SO easy to make gluten free. Cue happy dance.
At its core, the vegetarian burrito bowl is simple: rice, beans, and salsa. We love using jasmine rice and black beans (Wegmans or Goya blue-line beans are both safe choices for avoiding gluten contamination), but you could easily sub in different types. Our salsa selection varies—just switching up the salsa adds great variety to this simple dish. The key to a tasty burrito bowl is choosing a salsa you love.
And then the party starts! Liven things up with corn tortilla chips for dipping, shredded cheese, sour cream, scallions, avocado chunks, fresh tomatoes, lettuce—anything and everything taco-esque that you’ve got on hand. Usually we make this vegetarian, but ground beef or shredded chicken are nice additions as well. This is a great meal when you’re trying to clean out the odds and ends in your fridge.
We’ve eaten burrito bowls for lunch, dinner, and mid-morning snacks (second breakfast, *ahem*). Hey, you could even eat this for breakfast! Mix in a scrambled eggs perhaps? (Obviously, that’s not a vegetarian choice, but would it ever be tasty!)
Choose your own adventure, and let us know where it takes you!
Vegetarian Burrito Bowl
A tasty combination of basic ingredients, burrito bowls are a simple yet satisfying solution for dinner on a busy night.
- Cooked Rice
- Black Beans
- Optional Toppings: Cheese, Scallions, Tortilla Chips, Lettuce, Tomato, Sour Cream, Avocado
- Layer rice, black beans (drained and rinsed), and salsa.
- Add desired toppings, such as shredded cheese, scallions, tortilla chips, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, or avocado chunks.
Goya blue-line beans or Wegmans brand beans are great choices for avoiding gluten contamination.
See this recipe and other gluten-free recipes linked to on Allergy Free Thursdays.