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Whole-Grain Veggie Burrito Bowl

I grew up in the 50’s and 60’s in the suburb of Southfield, just north of Detroit. My Dad was a proud and loyal UAW member working as a carpenter for Chevrolet Gear and Axel, then in Hamtramck. My Mom was a homemaker who kept a spotless house and cooked a dinner every day consisting of a meat, some kind of potato, a vegetable and a dessert.  Sometimes she would make a casserole which usually included a meat and some vegetables. These were not expensive meals, but she knew how to take a lower cut of beef and make it melt in your mouth.

My parents both grew up during the depression, each having a totally different, yet challenging experience. So it was a matter of pride and a feeling of security that we always had food in the house…and lots of it.

With each generation, I think we pick up part of our parents attitudes about day-to-day life, and then we fill in the rest with our own experiences and biases. So, although I always felt like I needed to create a complete meal with meat, vegetables, and  starch of some kind, I realized early on that when you both work 40+ hours a week, that just doesn’t happen. And, now that we’re retired and realize we are somewhat less active, and we need to eat less to keep weight off, I no longer feel the need to always have a big meal every night. This new approach to food (for us), and the desire to move more to a vegetarian food plan, is the reason this recipe caught my eye. And, it actually meets my Mom’s standards of serving the food groups…just in a different way.

One thing I will say…the recipe says it serves 4 people…my guess is more like 3 at the most (unless you eat five small meals a day). But, it is a good portion size to work toward, I suppose. For those meat and potato people, I say “Give it a chance, you may be surprised.” It is much more flavorful and satisfying than I thought it would be and my husband, who is a meat and potatoes guy, enjoyed it. So, give it a try!

Whole-Grain Veggie Burrito Bowl

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 2-3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon green chilies*
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro (optional)
  • 1½ fresh lime juice, divided
  • 1½ cups very thinly sliced red cabbage
  • 3 ounces cheese (about 3/4 cups), queso fresco, feta, Monterey jack, or cheddar

Whole-Grain Veggie Burrito Bowl

Whole-Grain Veggie Burrito Bowl


  1. Prepare rice:  Cook brown rice and drain. Then heat a medium pan over medium heat and add 1½ tablespoons olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add cumin and garlic; cook 1½ minutes, stirring often. Mix in the rice and ¼ teaspoon salt. Keep the rice warm, but off the heat.
  2. Prepare beans:  Partially drain black beans (drain about half the liquid). Place beans and remaining liquid in a small sauce pan; stir in green chilies and ¼ teaspoon salt. Bring beans to a boil; reduce heat to low, and simmer 5 minutes.
  3. Prepare the tomatoes:  Combine the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, tomatoes, onion, cilantro if you like it, 1 tablespoon lime juice (can also add 1 seeded and finely chopped jalapeno pepper); toss to combine.
  4. Prepare the cabbage:  Combine remaining 1½ teaspoons oil, remaining 1½ teaspoons juice, and cabbage; toss well.
  5. For each serving, place rice mixture in a shallow bowl. Add beans, tomato mixture, cabbage, cheese and avocado evenly over rice.




2 comments on “Whole-Grain Veggie Burrito Bowl

  1. Jill Wagner
    September 18, 2017

    Although I don’t cook, I’m loving reading your blogs and stories!!

    Jill Stefani Wagner, PSA-MP 734-604-2864 http://www.jillwagnerart.com

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