Happy Cinco de Mayo! If you're scrambling to put something together for dinner tonight I have the answer. While I love me some authentic Mexican food (probably because I'm Mexican), it definitely can be really heavy and greasy. There is a time and place for that cheesy goodness. However, during the week, a heavy meal like that isn't always an option. So to satisfy my craving for the food of my people, I came up with a healthy alternative. I am not claiming that this is by any means a good substitute for the real deal. No sir. But I will say that this may help you when you're craving some goodness but don't want the calories.
I give you the healthy burrito bowl....
Here's what you need:
~1 can of black beans
~1 red onion
~ 2 bell peppers
~1lb. ground turkey
~fajita or taco seasoning
~sour cream (optional)
So pretty basic stuff. You can find Quinoa at your local health food store or even in the "healthy" section of your regular store.
1) Start out by cooking the ground turkey in a sauté pan. Add the fajita/taco seasoning while you are browning it. That way all the flavors actually cook into the meat.
2) While you're browning the meat, cook your quinoa. In a pot put one cup of quinoa and two cups of water or chicken broth. Bring to a boil, turn it down to low, cover, and cook for 12 minutes. Now this is just what I do, but you can follow the instructions your quinoa comes with.
3) As your ground turkey browns, cut up your onion and bell peppers. I cut them like I would if I was making fajitas.
4) Once the ground turkey is cooked all the way, add in the onion and bell peppers. Cook those until they are soft and the onions are see-through (ish). (Good thing I don't make a living off of giving cooking instructions.)
5) Add a can of black beans to your quinoa/veggie mix. Stir until mixed evenly.
6) Once the quinoa is done, you can begin to serve.
7) In a bowl scoop in the quinoa, then add the ground turkey, veggies, and beans. Then add sour cream and salsa (I use my homemade salsa!) to the top.
Due to Andrew's heart health we have to really watch our beef in-take. Thankfully we are learning more alternatives (like ground turkey) and incorporating more heart healthy foods (like quinoa).
Have a great Cinco de Mayo!