I grew up on takeout. We were a busy family and we let that overly-influence our meal times and we most often chose a dinner that was fast and required little effort (like picking up the phone). Thankfully, we’ve since “seen the real food light” and have done a complete overhaul on our nutritional intake. Admittedly, however, ever once in a while, I will get a hankering for one of my old takeout favorites (especially during pregnancy!). In those instances, I turn to some real food recreations like paleo sweet and sour chicken, AIP-friendly Italian sausage pizza, and this grain free Chipotle burrito bowl copycat. Yum. We love Chipotle, and it’s usually our restaurant of choice if we’re traveling and need to eat out since their options are the most health-friendly. But when it’s a weeknight at home, we save lots of money by just making it ourselves 🙂
“Chipotle Burrito Bowl Copycat Recipe
I’ve been watching my carbs here and there, as I always do when my weight creeps up and it’s time to reign it in. I don’t go NO-carb (I still think that sets me up to put on weight FAST when I do add carbs back in), so I just watch it more, eat GOOD carbs (no sweets, limited grains), and mostly keep my portions in check. Real food tastes SO good, I can be a pig pretty easily. So when I find a good grain-free recipe, I’m a happy girl. 🙂 Here’s my latest favorite, the kids loved it too — our daughter said, “This is better than Chipotle’s burrito bowls!” You can make these as jam-packed or as simple as you want, depending on how much time you have or what’s on-hand. No need to stress. This will be a hit with your family, because you can let them put whatever they want on theirs!
Flavor-packed Grain-free Burrito Bowls
- Whichever pastured meat you prefer: pork, chicken, or ground beef — cooked with seasonings… (Find safe, healthy meat here.)
- Seasonings for the meat — use this homemade taco seasoning mix, or just stir in spices like sea salt, pepper, cumin, oregano, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, you really can’t hurt it! Add red pepper if you want it to have a kick. Use 1/2 teaspoon of each to start, you can always add more if you think it needs extra flavor.
- Cooked rice — the amount depends on how many you’re feeding, just follow the directions on your rice. I like this kind, and LOVE that velcro closure.
- Organic refried beans, heated — I haven’t tried making these myself and wish I could find them in a glass jar, but haven’t been able to yet… (You could also just use plain black or pinto beans.)
- Salsa — your favorite kind, or try my fresh homemade salsa
- Sour cream — I love this kind because it’s from pastured cows
- Limes, for squirting lime juice all over the top — yum!
- Cheddar cheese, shredded
- Parsley or cilantro for the top — this gives it an extra fresh taste”