California Vegetarian Burrito Bowl

I call this my California vegetarian burrito bowl: it’s nothing fancy, but it’s a favorite of mine.  It’s rather easy to make, adaptable, and healthy.  This one-bowl meal is a great, reliable option for busy nights when you need something fast that’s not from the freezer. This is also a great meal option for my many friends who have kids in competitive sports, making it almost impossible to serve everyone in the house a meal at the same time.

With most of the work done in advance, kids can then easily assemble their burrito bowls and reheat them when they are ready to eat, making less work for mom and dad.  Burrito bowls have become vastly popular these days; if you look around, you see them everywhere.  The restaurant chain Chipotle first popularized the burrito bowl and amazingly now sells more of these than burritos.  This is not so surprising as the trend of high-protein, low-carb diets has gained mainstream acceptance and has shown no sign of stopping.

cauliflower for burrito bowl

The one-bowl meal is also appealing for people on the run or as an easy grab-and-go lunch option.  I enjoy a good burrito bowl but as with a salad, I like fresh ingredients and I like them to look attractive.  This recipe has brown rice, which you can easily exclude if you are carb-conscious. (Brown rice has a similar glycemic profile to white rice, but it contains more fiber and nutrients.)

This is also a vegetarian recipe but you can also easily add additional protein such as grilled steak, shrimp, chicken, fish or tofu if desired.  For those who need to make this a super fast meal option, try using pre-made frozen organic brown rice, available at most grocery stores, which can help save more prep time.

burrito bowl

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Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

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