Make Your Own Burrito Bowl Night is always a favorite in our house.  My kids love the fact that they get to decide what goes in their bowl, and I love their enthusiasm, and the fact that they can help prep dinner.  At the end of the night, you’re the coolest (and most well-rested) parent in the house.Make Your Own Burrito Bowls

Make Your Own Burrito Bowls

You can customize this to everyone’s likes, dislikes, and dietary needs.  Our typical Burrito bowl choices include rice, red and black beans, lettuce, salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese, avocados, and sliced olives.  You could serve seasoned beef, poultry, even fish, but I find that the protein offered by the beans is a good opportunity for a meatless meal.  As the rice cooks, I steam cut-up carrots above it, which can be added to the Burrito bowl, or eaten separately.  We each grab a few ingredients, and wash, slice, chop, and pour into bowls.  Rice can be made in advance, heck, you can even chop the veggies at your convenience rather than right before dinner.  This works great on nights when we have to eat on the go.  I give everyone a thermos, put all of the choices on the table, and everyone makes their own.  Pack some utensils and napkins, and you’re good to go.

Some days allow for lots of ingredients and complicated recipes, whereas other nights, I’m just happy we’re eating a hot meal.  This one falls in between- the prep involved can take a little time, but it’s simple steps, and can easily be done by your kids.  You walk away feeling like you had a fancy Mexican meal, for a fraction of the cost, much healthier, and quicker.  I find these meal ideas to be essential during a period of busy family life.  Share your quick-but-healthy ideas with our readers, below!  To find out what’s new in our kitchen, stop by, or become a fan on Facebook.

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