Ingredients

  • 200 g (1 cup) black beans
  • Handful of chopped lettuce (any variety)
  • 195 g (1 cup) microwavable pre-cooked brown rice (choose one that has no additives)
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ avocado, cubed
  • 28 g (¼ cup) salsa
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp cayenne (ground red pepper)

Toppings

  • Sprinkle of sharp cheddar cheese
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • Fresh cilantro to taste

Alternatives

Add chicken, use kale instead of lettuce, swap brown rice for quinoa, or roast your vegetables instead of leaving them raw. Not into cheddar? Sprinkle on some Cotija or Monterey jack instead.

Directions

1. Chop up lettuce, bell pepper, and avocado. 1. Chop up lettuce, bell pepper, and avocado.
2. Drain and rinse black beans. Add cumin and cayenne pepper. Sauté on low heat until warm.
2. Drain and rinse black beans thoroughly using a colander or strainer. Then place black beans in a small pot or microwave safe bowl. Add cumin and cayenne pepper. Sauté on low heat or microwave until warm.
3. Heat brown rice in microwave.
3. Heat brown rice in microwave.
4. Combine warm ingredients (black beans and rice) together with lettuce, pepper, avocado, and salsa.

Those black beans contain fibre and protein to keep you satisfied. The bell pepper gives you a big dose of Vitamin C, and avocado is one of those fats that tastes amazing and is good for you.

4. Combine warm ingredients (black beans and rice) together with lettuce, pepper, avocado, and salsa.
5. Add your toppings (cheese, lime juice, cilantro) and mix everything together.
5. Add your toppings (cheese, lime juice, cilantro) and mix everything together.


Recipe review

This recipe is all about whole foods—foods that are kept as close to their natural state as possible. Eating whole foods ensures we get the maximum amount of nutrients.

Richard Buote

Richard Buote

PhD candidate in Medicine (Community Health), Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland and Labrador

These black bean burrito bowls are a great solution to those nights I don’t feel like cooking. This recipe is super quick, satisfying, and delicious. As a health-conscious student on a budget, this is a perfect weeknight meal.

Cost

Rating: Three out of five stars
This recipe gives you about three meals for $20, but there are ways to reduce that. Dried black beans and rice are cheaper than prepared versions.

Taste

Rating: Four out of five stars
So yummy; will definitely be making this again. I’d like to try it with the addition of some other vegetables like red onion and roasted sweet potato.

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