Often, people ask me about how to avoid carbs. Even though plant-based is all about eating carbs, some people prefer to skip the bread, especially those who are gluten-free. If you are trying to avoid bread, you can always skip the wrap; opt for a healthy burrito bowl.
Although whole-grain bread is considered "good" carbohydrates, sometimes limiting the amount of bread helps to reduce weight. Instead of eating bread, brown rice is a great option. For instance, I choose bread or rice, not both, once a day. Also, keep in mind to balance meals with more veggies and beans than rice or bread. For that reason, I like to make bowls like the healthy burrito bowl.
In other words, the beans and the veggies take up three times more space than the rice in the bowl. In order to eat smart, choose nutrient-dense foods first; the carbohydrates come second in smaller amounts.
When I want to balance my eating to benefit my waistline, I concentrate on planning ahead, knowing what I plan to eat each day so I don't end up with too many starches and not enough vegetables.
HOW TO MAKE AN HEALTHY BURRITO BOWL: WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE NEEDED?
For this particular bowl, I prepared my rice and beans in advance, which simply needed to be heated up before dinner.
- Prepared brown rice
SPICY PINTO BEANS FOR THE HEALTHY BURRITO BOWL
- Pinto beans
- Yellow or white onion
- Tomato paste
- Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- Vegetable broth or water
- Orange juice
- Maple syrup
- Soy sauce or Tamari (Gluten-free option)
OTHER HEALTHY BURRITO BOWL INGREDIENTS
- Yellow onion
- Baby portobello mushrooms
- Green or yellow zucchinis
- Red pepper,
- Add greens
- Chopped jalapeños
GRILLING VEGETABLE MARINADE
- Lime juice
- Sriracha or other hot sauce
- Slices of avocado
- Chopped cilantro
First of all, I cut my vegetables the same size and marinated them in a bag to grill them evenly in my Grill Basket. This way, all the vegetables cook at the same rate. If you don't have a grill, I provided an oven roasting option as well.
Then, all you have to do is reheat the beans and rice, add the grilled veggies, and cut the avocado before serving. Always remember, planning ahead is not only good for your waistline, but it also makes cooking meals easier.
One reason I love bowl meals like the healthy burrito bowl is also to reduce the amount of cleaning I have to do after dinner.
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Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂