Veggie Burrito Bowl with Mexican Rice

A make-ahead, gluten-free meal that's adaptable to tastes and always a crowdpleaser. As is, it's vegetarian (actually, vegan) but add grilled chicken for the omnivores in your family.

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Veggie Burrito Bowl with Mexican Rice

Simple, Satisfying and Delish!

When the days get busy (which seems to be always!), I love meals that an be prepped ahead and heated up when ready to eat.

A big pot of Mexican Rice and a make-your-own-burrito-bar is just that kind a weekday win!

It’s a make-ahead meal that’s adaptable to tastes and a total crowd-pleaser! My husband often choose to make a real burrito in a wrap, the boys usually opt for rice with grilled chicken, and this is my plate of choice.

Mexican Rice (recipe adapted from Test Kitchen ),Quick Simmered Black Beans (recipe from @minimalistbaker), Guacamole, Roasted Zucchini & Squash, chopped Green Leaf Lettuce, Corn and Cherry Tomatoes.

One of the reasons we love this meal so much is the Mexican Rice — it is the star of the meal for us. Recipe adapted from Test Kitchen, we literally make it several times a month.

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It’s super easy to make and makes a large quantity.  It’s made with fresh tomatoes, onions, canola oil, garlic, jalapeno (can use as much or as little as you want — see below), vegetable broth, tomato paste and salt.

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And it starts on the stove top when everything is blended, seasoned and starts cooking.

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Then moves to the oven for 30 minutes. It reheats well so it’s a great dish to make ahead or to make even as part of meal prep.

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The entire meal is super easy, nourishing and satisfying!

Hope you love it as much as we do!

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A simple hearty bowl for that's always a crowd pleaser. Two of our favorites, Mexican Rice adapted from Test Kitchen. Quick Simmered Black Beans from Minimalist Baker + all the fixings: Guacamole, Cherry Tomatoes, Corn, Chopped Green Lettuce, and Roasted Zucchini. You could add or substitute grilled or sautéed chicken for the roasted veggies.
Recipe type: Dinner, Sides, Veggies
Cuisine: Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Serves: 4-6 servings
Mexican Rice (recipe from Test Kitchen)
  • 2 large or 3-4 small tomatoes, cored and quartered
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, stemmed, seeded & minced (we have made this with only 1 jalapeño and equally delicious)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, stemmed and minced, include seeds (this 3rd jalapeño is optional, depending on how spicy you want it -- we haven't been adding it lately)
  • ⅓ cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 cups long grain white rice, rinsed
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp gluten-free tomato paste
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Quick Simmered Black Beans (recipe from[i] Minimalist Baker)[/i (we often double)
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • kosher salt to taste (1/8 - ¼ tsp)
Roasted Zucchini & Squash
  • 1 zucchini, skin on, sliced into ¼ inch circles, then halved
  • 1 yellow squash, skin on, sliced into ¼ inch circles, then halved
  • avocado oil
  • kosher salt
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • ½ cup jarred banana peppers, chopped
  • ¼ cup cherry tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
Fresh Green Leaf Lettuce, chopped
Cherry Tomatoes, halved
Canned Organic Corn, rinsed and drained OR 1-2 Corn on the Cob, cooked and taken off the cob
Cilantro for garnish, optional
Mexican Rice
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place tomatoes and onion in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Transfer liquid to a 4 cup measuring cup and spoon off excess as needed to get to 2 cups.
  3. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Drop a few grains of rice into the oil. If the grain sizzles, oil is ready. Add rice and cook, stirring frequently until rice is a light golden & translucent, about 6-8 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to medium. Add garlic & seeded jalapeño and cook, stirring constantly for about 1 minute.
  5. Add in tomato-onion mixture, broth, tomato paste and salt. Bring to a boil.
  6. Cover and transfer pot to the oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes, stirring once at 15 minutes. Liquid will absorb and rice will be tender.
  7. Remove from oven, fold in cilantro and final jalapeño (if using) to taste. Only one person in my family likes the additional jalapeño so I leave it out to be added individually.
Quick Simmered Black Beans
  1. Add beans including liquid to a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in spices and bring to a simmer. Let cook for 10-15 minutes, longer if you have time, stirring occasionally.
Roasted Zucchini and Squash
  1. Preheat oven 400 degrees
  2. Toss vegetables in oil. Spread in a single layer on baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt to taste. Bake for 30 minutes or until tender and just crispy.
  1. With a fork gently mash 2 avocados
  2. Mix in the peppers.
  3. Then gently fold in the tomatoes and cilantro
  4. Add in the third avocado and gently mash with a fork (I like to do the third avocado last so that there are some chunky avocado pieces but mix to your liking)
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste

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2 thoughts on “Veggie Burrito Bowl with Mexican Rice

  1. I made this entire dinner and it blew my mind how such simple ingredients compiled so much flavour! The Mexican rice recipe is going to be a staple for dinner time! 👍

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