Veggie Burrito Bowl with Mexican Rice

A make-ahead meal that's adaptable to tastes and always a crowdpleaser

Veggie Burrito Bowl with Mexican Rice

Simple, satisfying & yummy!

With the after school and evenings often being quite busy (as in preparing for a holiday!), I love meals that an be prepped ahead and heated up when ready to eat.

A big pot of Mexican Rice and a make-your-own-burrito-bar is just that kind a weekday win! It’s a make-ahead meal that’s adaptable to tastes and a total crowd-pleaser! My husband chose to make a real burrito in a wrap, the boys opted for rice with grilled chicken (made over the weekend), and this was my plate.

Mexican Rice (recipe adapted from Test Kitchen ),Quick Simmered Black Beans (recipe from @minimalistbaker), Guacamole, Roasted Zucchini & Squash, chopped Green Leaf Lettuce and Pico de Gallo.

Super easy, nourishing and satisfying!

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Veggie Burrito Bowl with Mexican Rice
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A simple hearty bowl for that's always a crowd pleaser. Two of our favorites, Mexican Rice adapted from Test Kitchen. Quick Simmered Black Beans from Minimalist Baker + all the fixings: Guacamole, Pico de gallo, chopped romaine, corn and roasted veggies. You could add or substitute grilled or sautéed chicken for the roasted veggies.
Recipe type: Dinner, Sides, Veggies
Cuisine: Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Serves: 6-8 servings
Mexican Rice (recipe from Test Kitchen)
  • 2 large or 3-4 small tomatoes, cored and quartered
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • ⅓ cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 cups long grain white rice, rinsed
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1- 2 jalapeno peppers, stemmed, seeded & minced (we have been making this with only 1 jalapeño recently and adding in extra jalapeño to individual bowls)
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp gluten-free tomato paste
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, stemmed and minced, include seeds (this 3rd jalapeño is OPTIONAL, depending on how spicy you want it -- we haven't been adding it lately)
Quick Simmered Black Beans (recipe from Minimalist Baker)
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • kosher salt to taste (1/8 - ¼ tsp)
Roasted Zucchini & Squash
  • 1 zucchini, skin on, sliced into ¼ inch circles, then halved
  • 1 yellow squash, skin on, sliced into ¼ inch circles, then halved
  • avocado oil
  • kosher salt
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • ½ cup jarred banana peppers, chopped
  • ¼ cup cherry tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
Fresh Green Leaf Lettuce, chopped
Prepared Pico de Gallo
Canned Organic Corn, rinsed and drained
Cilantro for garnish, optional
Mexican Rice
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place tomatoes and onion in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Transfer liquid to a 4 cup measuring cup and spoon off excess as needed to get to 2 cups.
  3. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Drop a few grains of rice into the oil. If the grain sizzles, oil is ready. Add rice and cook, stirring frequently until rice is a light golden & translucent, about 6-8 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to medium. Add garlic & seeded jalapeño and cook, stirring constantly for about 1 minute.
  5. Add in tomato-onion mixture, broth, tomato paste and salt. Bring to a boil.
  6. Cover and transfer pot to the oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes, stirring once at 15 minutes. Liquid will absorb and rice will be tender.
  7. Remove from oven, fold in cilantro and final jalapeño (if using) to taste. Only one person in my family likes the additional jalapeño so I leave it out to be added individually.
Quick Simmered Black Beans
  1. Add beans including liquid to a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in spices and bring to a simmer. Let cook for 10-15 minutes, longer if you have time, stirring occasionally.
Roasted Zucchini and Squash
  1. Preheat oven 400 degrees
  2. Toss vegetables in oil. Spread in a single layer on baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt to taste. Bake for 30 minutes or until tender and just crispy.
  1. With a fork gently mash 2 avocados
  2. Mix in the peppers.
  3. Then gently fold in the tomatoes and cilantro
  4. Add in the third avocado and gently mash with a fork (I like to do the third avocado last so that there are some chunky avocado pieces but mix to your liking)
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste

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