Meal Prep Monday: Skinny Chipotle Burrito Bowls

Despite Chipotle’s bad rep from its contamination crisis over a year ago, I have always loved this chain for its tasty combination of simple, hearty ingredients. My go-to is the chicken burrito bowl, which I frequently copy for my weekly meal prep. As much as I love Chipotle, this version is cheaper and healthier. It costs less than $2-3 a serving and can be prepared as “clean” as you want it. It also takes only 30 minutes or so to prep a week’s worth of these lunches.

Ingredients

4-5 chicken breasts, seasoned with cayenne and garlic salt – grilled or cooked by stove top

2 cans of black beans or pinto beans – I prefer organic, low sodium

4-5 servings of brown rice

Four bell peppers for fajita veggies – onion optional

Lettuce or spinach

Shredded cheese – optional, if you’re really trying to cut down on calories

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This is the brown rice from Costco I’m currently using, although I prefer the generic boil-in-a-bag versions from Walmart and HEB
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These are my go-to black beans from… Costco! No extra salt added, organic.

Begin by cooking the chicken and fajita veggies. I had these going simultaneously in order to save time. Normally I would recommend grilling the chicken, but the weather is crap today!

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This is a fairly simple process. I cut up bite-size pieces of chicken and seasoned with garlic salt and cayenne pepper, then topped with a couple tablespoons of hot sauce for color and a spicy kick. I cut-up the bell pepper and cooked over medium high heat, drizzled with about 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and salt/pepper to taste. This step takes about 15 minutes.

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As the chicken and veggies cook, I drained the black beans and microwaved the brown rice — then mixed and placed into a separate bowl.

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Since I didn’t have lettuce on hand, I covered the bottom of my meal-prep containers with spinach, then topped with the beans & rice mixture.

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Finally, top with as much chicken and fajita veggies as your heart desires. If you’re on a strict diet, you can stop there. The shredded cheese really does make it taste better, though:

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Other ways to jazz it up:

-Add some salsa verde or red sauce

-Add lime juice

-Use a combination of black and pinto beans

-Top with some healthy guacamole

-Add pico de gallo (it’s not many calories and tastes delicious!)

-Add corn salsa

Approximate nutritional values: 350 calories, 35g protein, 35g carbohydrates, 16g fiber

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Monday Meal Prep: Mahi Mahi Veggie Ramen “Bowls”

Thanks to the crockpot meals I put together last weekend, I still have dinner food for this work week– that means time for lunch prep this week! I’m trying to get back into a consistent exercise schedule, but with my job duties (which are increasingly eating up more personal time), learning Spanish, taking care of my dogs, keeping my house clean and husband fed, not to mention keeping up with this blog– it’s hard!

Nevertheless, I will always make time for weekly meal prep because it allows me to know exactly what I’m putting in my body and prevent weight gain, even when I don’t have time to exercise often. Diet is 80% of the battle, and if that part is squared away, then you continue to look and feel good!

On the lunch menu this week is a lovely concoction of Mahi Mahi marinated in garlic and ginger sauce, steamed Asian veggie medley, millet & brown rice ramen, and pot stickers. I call it the Mahi Mahi Veggie Ramen “Bowl”:

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I found this item at Costco a few weeks ago and thought it would be a great change from the usual brown rice that I include in my lunches. I also haven’t eaten ramen since I was overweight and in college, but this version is definitely much healthier. Hence why I bought it!

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Once I set the fish to bake, I steamed about 5 cups of veggies– I’ll be honest, I eyeballed the amount for four equal-sized portions.

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Immediately after setting the veggies to steam, I boiled some water, then dropped the ramen in when my veggies had about 7 minutes to go. This particular kind of ramen cooks VERY fast!

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Next up was the Pot Stickers! I wish I could take credit for hand-making these, but it was from Costco. This item is not whole grain, but it carries quite a bit of protein with each piece. Each potsticker is about 52 calories, and I included 2 in each lunch container. The rest were for my husband to snack on.

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And that’s basically it! Just dress up with some soy sauce or Sriracha and this is a delicious, healthy lunch. As you can see, I’m a big fan of Costco’s frozen organic produce and miscellaneous organic items. It makes meal prep a breeze… these four portions took me less than an hour to put together. Even my lunch containers are from Costco!

Hope this gave someone a good lunch prep idea! Approximate numbers: 350 calories, 30g protein

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