Chipotle Friday

At my last job, we didn’t go out at lunch everyday, but we did go out to lunch everyday Friday.   A lot of Friday’s we ended up at Chipotle, so Friday’s were dubbed ‘Chipotle Friday’ no matter where we went.  No one ever wanted to miss a Chipotle Friday.

I wasn’t always as into Chipotle as everyone else.  I mean, it’s good…but I never wanted to get a burrito because napping under my desk in a food coma after lunch always seemed like it was frowned upon.  So, most Friday’s I would either:  1. not eat chipotle and bring my lunch or 2. get a burrito bowl.

I do love the burrito bowls, but every time I eat one, I always find myself thinking, ‘I really didn’t need to pay for a burrito bowl that I could easily make at home’.

So…I finally did!

This was super easy and SO good.  A really great weeknight meal.

I used quinoa but you could just as easily use rice to make it a little more traditional

Cilantro Lime Quinoa (or rice)

1/2 cup quinoa or rice

2 t coconut oil

Juice of 1/2 lime

1/4 cup chopped cilantro (packed)

Add 1/2 cup quinoa to a pan with 1 cup water.  Cook on low-medium until mixture starts to boil, then bring heat down to low and cover.  Leave covered for 20 minutes or so until water is absorbed and quinoa (rice) is cooked.  Once the quinoa is cooked, add a few teaspoons of coconut oil as well as 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and the juice of 1/2 lime.  Add salt as needed.

In the meantime you can cook the Cumin Chicken

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts

2-4 t cumin

Juice of 1/2 lime

Preheat oven to 350.  Put chicken in a baking dish and sprinkle a few teaspoons of cumin over the top of each.  Then squeeze remaining half of lime over chicken.  You could pre-marinate if you are so inclined, but I think this lazy way worked fine.  Bake chicken for about 30 minutes

In the mean meantime if you have one, you can get the salsa ready.  Feel free to use premade, but I also found an easy way to make pico de gallo.  Just place a few baby tomatoes or 1 normal sized tomato into a blender or magic bullet.  Add a handful of cilantro, 1 clove garlic and salt and pulse for just a few seconds until ingredients are chopped and combined.   if you like heat, you might also want to add some jalapeno.  There you have it!  Easiest thing ever and tastes great!

So, now that you have prepared all of these things, it is time to combine.

Bottom layer…quinoa

Then add some black beans

Next is the chicken

Then salsa, greek yogurt for sour cream and chopped avocado.  You could make some guacomole for a true Chipotle-like bowl, but I just kept it simple with some avocado slices.  Add your freshly made salsa, a handful of cheese and voila!

Very easy, tasty, healthy and filling!  Can’t beat that.  This one is definitely going into my regular dinner rotation.

Have a great Chipotle Friday!






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2 Responses to Chipotle Friday

  1. Kmac

    I always get the burrito bowl too! Can’t wait to try this recipe out!

  2. That looks delicious!! I am probably the last person in the US that hasn’t been to Chipolte yet but Mexican food is my all time fav! I will definitely be making this.

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