I started this blog so my daughters could find all of our family favourite recipes in one place. It has actually grown into more than just the family favourites but also other recipes we've tried out in our kitchen. I don't like to fill up the post with alot of chatter. Sometimes there's a little story to tell, but usually I like to get right to the point. So this is for them, but hope you find some recipes that you like as well. I'll be sharing a lot of recipes, and along the way you'll find some crafty things and maybe some helpful hints too!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Easy Burrito Bowls

Simple to make, healthy and customizable. And bonus...you can make the rice and beef ahead of time. Just re-heat when you want to eat, slice up your favourite veggie toppers and go! A great weekday meal.

1  3/4 lb ground beef
1  1/2 cups diced onions
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup salsa
3 tbsps taco seasoning 
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp lime zest
1 tsp lime juice
salt and pepper to taste
hot pepper flakes (optional)
1 cup kernel corn

rice pilaf

lime sour cream 

You can use store bought salsa and taco seasoning or try my Cooked Tomato Salsa and Homemade Taco Seasoning. Links to the recipes at the end of this post. You'll also find a link to my No Fail Rice Pilaf.

For this dish I made rice pilaf but replaced half the broth with tomato juice and seasoned it with some cumin and garlic. You can use any rice you like for the base of your burrito bowl. Just prepare it and set aside.

Next brown the beef, onion and garlic in a large skillet. Remove excess fat.

Add salsa, taco seasoning, cumin, lime zest, lime juice, salt and pepper (and hot pepper flakes if using). Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes. Add the corn and heat through 5-10 minutes.

Add a good helping of rice to the bottom of your bowl along with a serving of the meat mixture. Now customize with whatever veggies you like. The only thing missing on mine was black beans : ( 

Serve as is or add a little Lime Sour Cream:

1/4 cup sour cream
3 tbsps mayo
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp salt 
1/4 tsp honey

If you want to make ahead just refrigerate the cooked rice and meat and re-heat at mealtime. 

And here are those recipes I mentioned above.




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