One of my favorite quick meals to make for myself, and now for Theo, is a burrito bowl. It is delicious, comforting and satisfying. I keep it very simple, using ingredients I have on hand. I sauté vegetables with olive oil, cumin and garlic powder; my go-to vegetables are bell peppers and spinach. I make rice and I heat up some canned beans, either refried or whole, in a pot. If we have ground beef or turkey in the fridge, I might sauté it with a little cumin and garlic powder until it's cooked through. I combine all of this in a bowl and top it with some sliced avocado, diced cherry tomatoes, shredded lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese, lactose-free sour cream and/or fresh cilantro, if I have any.
This is a great, easy meal for babies and kids, either in parts or all together. It's flavorful, simple and healthful. Theo loves rice and beans (especially with cheese on top!), with or without the veggies. My fundamental belief, however, is that it's best to always include veggies in order to maintain a balanced diet.
This specific variation includes green, orange and yellow bell peppers and baby spinach, sautéed in some olive oil, garlic powder and cumin. It cooks really quickly and tastes fantastic. We hope you enjoy it as much as Theo and I do!
For babies 6+ months – and kids and adults of all ages!
Makes 4 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 8-10 minutes
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- 1 orange bell pepper
- 6 oz. organic baby spinach
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- Wash and dry the peppers.
- Remove the stems, seeds and ribs, and then cut the peppers into 1- to 2-inch pieces.
- Warm the olive oil in a medium-sized pan over medium heat.
- Add the peppers and stir to coat them with the olive oil.
- Add the garlic powder and cumin and stir to coat the peppers evenly.
- Sauté the peppers and spices for about 5 minutes, until the peppers are tender and sweaty.
- Add the spinach and stir to combine. Sauté everything for another 2-3 minutes, until the spinach wilts fully.
- Remove from the heat and serve, with or without rice, beans and any other components.
Check out this video for some great technique for how to cut a bell pepper.
Some other vegetables that would work well with this preparation and/or in a burrito bowl include corn, zucchini, onion, yellow squash and kale.
This is my favorite rice for everything! Any type of rice would work well. Brown rice is a more healthful option. For brown rice, I prefer a medium grain.
For whole beans, I prefer black or pinto beans with no salt added. It is important to drain the can and rinse the beans with water before heating them up. For refried beans, I like any kind. Here's an example. I usually buy my canned beans from Whole Foods or Trader Joe's.
Recently, I found a delicious kind of organic beans at Whole Foods called Ranchero Beans. The ingredients include: water, organic pinto beans, and contains 2% or less of: sea salt, organic tomato paste, organic chili pepper, organic expeller pressed canola oil, organic cumin, organic garlic powder, organic oregano. They are super yummy! With these beans, I don't drain or rinse them, as they're prepared and canned in a flavorful liquid.