Fresh Tex-Mex Lunch Bowls



Fresh Tex-Mex Lunch Bowls , .


Easy lunch prep that you can be excited about! Healthy plant based protein, lots of fresh veggies and avocado or guacamole, you choose! These lunch bowls will take your lunch game to the next level!


Easy lunch prep that you can be excited about! Healthy plant based protein, lots of fresh veggies and avocado or guacamole, you choose! These lunch bowls will take your lunch game to the next level!

Total Time: 25 Minutes, Servings: 4 Servings

Ingredients :
  • 1 cup dry red quinoa (can use regular quinoa)
  • 1 can black beans, 15.5 oz, drained and rinsed
  • 1-2 teaspoons chili powder (depending on how much flavor and spice you prefer)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1-2 cups water
  • 1-2 hearts of romaine (1 heart of romaine if large, use 2 if they are smaller)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 1/2 red onion
  • salsa
  • 2 avocados or 4 individual servings guacamole
  • 1 lime or 4 key limes
  • couple tablespoons cilantro
  • (optional) hot sauce



Instructions :
  • Cook your quinoa and beans. If your quinoa is not pre-rinsed, rinse it by putting it in a fine mesh strainer and rinsing it in the sink under running water. The package should say if it is pre-rinsed or not.
  • Instant Pot: To the Instant Pot, add one cup quinoa, one cup water, can of black beans (drained and rinsed), 1-2 tsp chili powder, 1/4 tsp salt, and stir. Secure lid and turn the valve to sealing. Set for one minute high pressure and let it release for 10 minutes. If the red indicator has not dropped, carefully move the valve to release. Wait for the indicator to drop and remove the lid. Fluff it with a fork and let it cool.
  • Stovetop: In a pot combine 1 cup quinoa and 2 cups water, can of black beans (drained and rinsed), 1 or 2 tsp chili powder, 1/4 tsp salt, and stir. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until liquid has evaporated (approximately 15-20 minutes). Let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and let it cool.
  • While the quinoa and beans are cooking, chop the red pepper, and red onion. Wash the tomatoes. Chop and wash the romaine lettuce.
  • When the quinoa and beans are done, remove the pot from heat, fluff with a fork and let it cool for a bit.
  • If using avocados, cut them in half. cut the limes, add salsa to small containers.
  • Assemble your four lunch bowls adding approximately 2 cups of romaine, one cup of quinoa and bean. 1/4 of the diced bell pepper, 1/4 of the tomatoes, 1/4 of the red onion. Add avocado or single serving guacamole and cilantro. Note, when adding avocado, place the cut side down. This will help it to not brown as much. (In my recipe testing, the avocado stayed nice until the 3rd day. On the fourth day it was brown. I scraped it with a knife.)
  • Serve with hot sauce if desired. Store in the fridge for up to 4 days after making them (total of 5 days).



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Easy lunch prep that you can be excited about! Healthy plant based protein, lots of fresh veggies and avocado or guacamole, you choose! These lunch bowls will take your lunch game to the next level!

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