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Simple Sunday Recipe
Let's face it - cooking nourishing meals each night after work is a challenge for all of us. It can be far too easy to lean on the "take-out option". One way to stay on track is to leverage some simple "batch-cooking recipes" early in the week. Committing an hour or two on Sunday can relieve us from the dinner challenge during our busy workweeks. One of the easiest and flavorful reheat-able batch meals is the classic burrito bowl. It’s the right combination of lean proteins, filling whole grains, and vegetables to fuel your body and allow you to perform at your peak, mentally and physically. It’s also super customizable.
Take this burrito bowl to work for a tasty, filling lunch or eat it for a quick dinner. You don’t have to worry about cooking during the week if you properly plan ahead to make a batch recipe on Sunday night. Little shortcuts like store bought salsa are fine too, but if you want to make your own, more power to you.
The Amazing Burrito Bowl
*Makes 7 servings
1 lb trimmed chicken thighs (antibiotic and hormone-free)
1 lbs chicken breasts (antibiotic and hormone-free)
3 tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 tbs chili powder
2 tbs paprika
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp pepper
Juice of 2 limes
1.5 cups pre-made salsa (if possible, go with an organic brand)
Mix the lime juice, olive oil and spices to make a simple marinade. Add the trimmed chicken thighs and chicken breast, mix thoroughly and rest for a minimum of 30 minutes and up to 2 hours. The thighs are optional, but add a richer taste and better texture than just breasts alone.
Braise the chicken by first searing both sides of it in a large skillet, then adding salsa and allowing it to simmer on low-medium covered for 40-50 minutes until an internal temperature of 165 degrees AND "fork-tender" - the chicken should be falling apart.
This is where you can get very creative. Remove from pan and let sit for 5-10 minutes, shred it and set aside. Your burrito bowl can include anything you want veggie-wise, so consider adding some of the following:
Diced/ chopped bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, broccoli and tomatoes along with julienned kale or spinach. That takes care of your veggie requirement. You can seriously use any vegetables you want. Keep in mind that using what is seasonally available is going to give you the best flavor and bang for your buck.
Vegetable Cooking Methods
Lightly sauté the vegetables with a dash of extra virgin olive oil, roast, or steam them, but regardless you want to keep them fairly “al dente” so they aren’t too mushy when you reheat your dishes during the week.
The Base Of the Bowl
For the base of the bowl, you want use a combination of whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, or even whole-wheat couscous. Adding some beans for extra protein is a great idea too, so whether you like black beans, pinto, or even white cannellini beans, they are all perfect to add sustenance to your bowl.
Make sure that you portion each meal up correctly by buying the right size storage containers that you can just pop into the microwave to reheat quickly - or a quick sauté pan reheat will work. The best part of having this tasty bowl right on hand during the week is the convenience of a healthy meal at your fingertips. You’ve done all the work on Sunday night, so that you can have simplicity during your hectic week. Plus, it will leave you with more time to workout with our friends at Dare U Fitness, or explore other hobbies you might like without being stuck in the kitchen on weeknights. Of course if you still find yourself short on time during your hectic workweeks you can lean on The Foodery for weekly ready-to-eat, nourishing meal delivery. Enjoy!
-The Foodery Culinary Team
The Foodery is Boston's healthy meal delivery service. They craft nourishing, balanced meals with a focus on local, organic sustainable ingredients so busy couples and families can eat their best. Check them out at http://www.fooderyboston.com