My primary goal, and essentially the reason I started this blog, is to share the power and importance of being able to cook for yourself (and others!). My own healthy-lifestyle transition is reflected through the recipes I create…but when it comes down to it, I firmly believe that no matter what you choose to eat you can (and should) try to do it yourself. There have been so many times, even for me, that I love something at a restaurant so much I convince myself 1) I can only eat it from that restaurant and 2) nothing else will ever compare.
I’ve realized, more recently than ever, that this belief completely contradicts everything I stand for. I’m not trying to say that dining out is bad, but all too often we neglect our own abilities to create-or recreate. For me, cooking is so much more than a means to eat food; it is a creative outlet, a stress reliever, a way to connect, and so much more! Knowing how to cook is an invaluable skill and something that everyone can benefit from…we all need to eat after all! I urge you, if you feel uncomfortable in a kitchen to take small steps to learn; join a class, try out a new recipe , ask a friend! To those of you who can already navigate a kitchen, push yourself to make most of your meals and try new, more challenging recipes! It’s time to make your kitchen your favorite restaurant!
For lunch today, I was really craving some Mexican food. A natural choice could have been jumping in my car to head over to the nearest Chipotle, but what’s the fun in that?
Quinoa Burrito Bowl
1 cup white quinoa
1 cup water
1 cup chicken broth
1 can black beans
2 cups lettuce
Over medium-high heat, add the water, chicken broth, and quinoa. Stir and let sit until boiling. Once boiling reduce to a simmer and cover. Remove from heat once all liquid has absorbed (7-10 minutes) Set aside.
Open the can of black beans, strain, and rinse. Add beans to a saute pan and saute on medium heat until the beans a hot and breaking down slightly. Add a little salt and garlic powder to pan and stir. Set aside.
Homemade Salsa (mild)
1 large beefsteak tomato, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
Dice the large beefsteak tomato and add with juices to a bowl. I like to mash them up a little with my fork to release their juices. Add the onion, cilantro, and seasonings and stir. (I am pretty weak when it comes to spice so I leave out any peppers, feel free to add more cayenne or even some jalepeno!)
1 avocado, mashed
1/2 of the homemade salsa mixture
dash garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
Shell out the avocado into a bowl, add half of the salsa mixture and its juices. Stir and mash to desired texture. Add seasonings to taste.
To complete the burrito bowl add a layer of lettuce to the bottom of your bowl, next top with about a cup of the cooked quinoa, a half a cup of the beans, a spoonful of salsa and a dollup of guacamole!
I also squeezed a little more lime on top! A taste of one of my favorite restaurant dishes from my own kitchen!