Winter Meal Inspiration - Burrito Bowl

One of the most popular meals in our house is the Burrito bowl. It's just so simple, and you can take it to work or school the next day (see our handy tips below). The beauty of this dish is that it can be easily customised to your family’s individual needs by simply adding or replacing ingredients to suite each individual and it’s super easy. The combination of hot, cold and different textured fresh ingredients excites the taste buds and add colour to a winter’s day.

Serves: 4

Prep time: 30 - 40 mins

Level of difficulty: Easy

What you need:
Mexican Spice combo, a teaspoon of each – Chilli powder, Red Pepper Flakes, Cayenne Pepper, Oregano, Paprika, Cumin, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Salt, and Pepper.
500g of Meat - we suggest either Diced Chicken Thigh Fillet, Chicken Tenderloins or Mince Steak.
1/2 can Black Beans (rinsed)
1 cup Rice
A variety of thinly sliced, diced or shredded veggies, we suggest - Cucumbers, Lettuce, Tomato, Coriander, Avocado, Onion (Red or Spring Onion) and Corn (cooked and cut off the cob).
Corn chips (a couple on the side or a Soft Burrito Bread)
Salsa (good quality jar of salsa or make your own)
A handful of grated Cheddar Cheese
Sour Cream (to serve)

What to do:
1. In a jar or small mixing bowl, combine all the seasonings.
2. Brown off your meat in a frypan.
3. Add your spice combo and cook through until fragrant.
4. While your meat is cooking boil the rice, this can be served as is, or we like to add a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of paprika, salt and pepper.
5. Warm black beans (you can give them a buzz in the microwave).

How to assemble:
The key to a good Burrito Bowl is to not be too strict on how you serve it or the exact ingredients, as long as you have the key spices, salsa and avocado, you can play with the rest. For example, vegetarians can replace meat with some sautéed pumpkin (with the Mexican spice combo) to replace the meat and vegans can do away with the sour cream.

You can keep the ingredients separate when serving or use some of the ingredients to make a little guacamole by merely combining the coriander, onion, avocado, tomato, salt pepper and a squeeze of lime.

A lovely way to serve this dish is to have all ingredients in separate small bowls for everyone to help themselves. The other option is to layer the ingredients in a deep bowl with the rice, meat and beans on the bottom and cold items on the top.

For leftovers simply heat leftover rice, meat and beans and place them in a thermos. Pack your leftover salad in a separate container, then just combine the hot and cold items when you are ready for lunch!