Chicken and Veggie Burrito Bowl (just as good as Chipotle!)

I’m almost positive that I have eaten my weight in Chipotle’s burrito bowls and salads over the past year. After eating about a thousand of them I decided it was about time for me to start making burrito bowls at home and add a few extra veggies/ healthy swaps to make this a super colorful, nutritional superstar of a meal.

Confession: I ate at Chipotle approximately 3-4 times a week while I was in college. Unfortunately (but maybe fortunately for my wallet) the nearest Chipotle in Charleston is about 40 minutes away…so recreating my own version of my favorite restaurant was obviously the fix for that 🙂

This is a dish that I will be making over and over again because you can easily swap out ingredients depending on what you have on hand and it is packed with yummy ingredients and flavor. This week I ended up preparing extras of all the ingredients for my burrito bowl so that I could just pop them out of the fridge for busier nights. So much healthier and easier than eating out! 

Chicken and Veggie Burrito Bowls
Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 cups uncooked brown rice (or 4 cups cooked)
12 oz boneless, skinless, chicken breast
1 cup black beans
1 cup corn
2 cups zucchini, sliced
2 cups red peppers, sliced
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 cup romaine lettuce, chopped
Optional toppings:
1/4 cup shredded cheese
1/2 cup guacamole
fresh cilantro, chopped
pico de gallo

Directions:
1.  Cook rice according to package instructions
2.  Heat oil over medium heat and saute chicken breast until cooked through. Season with salt and chili powder. Set aside.
3.  Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat, add onions and saute for about 1 minute.
3. Add zucchini and red pepper and saute for an additional 3-5 minutes
4.  Divide rice among four bowls and divide chicken, corn, black beans, veggies, and toppings evenly.

I loved these burrito bowls so much that I prepped all the ingredients one day and then made at least one of these for five straight days. These are seriously addictive and quite the fiesta of flavor.

And this weekends highlight: 

We went clamming! It was great to be out on the water (even though it was quite chilly), and we even caught our dinner: in the mud, with rakes and shovels.  I was dying of happiness. Charleston fun at its finest!

Love,
Emily 

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