Wednesday, September 4, 2013

WIAW: Thankful for Burrito Bowls

Labor day weekend has come to an end, sigh. Summer is almost over, the leaves are already developing a slight tinge of orange, and the sun is setting earlier and earlier. At least now I no longer have a reason to be jealous of people with pools - on the east coast, pools close this weekend! Woohoo, now we are all in the same boat you pesky pool owners...

I was so thankful for this three day weekend. Thanks to some fellow bloggers, I decided to make this weekend about gratitude. Being thankful for great moments, meals, conversations, etc. is so important - when you start to take these small things for granted, it is easy to focus on the negative.

So for this "What I Ate Wednesday" post, I am telling you about the things I ate that reminded me to be thankful last week.

At one point this weekend I attempted to bake peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. All seemed to be going well until they stuck to the pan like glue.

Despite this sad finished product, I had to remind myself how thankful I am that peanut butter exists in this world. That, my friends, it what is REALLY important. So rather than posting the recipe, I advise you to follow this one instead:

Buy some crunchy peanut butter.
Grab a spoon.
Scoop up a big heap of peanut butter.
Eat it slowly off the spoon and enjoy.

Moving on to the savory...


Burrito bowls are the perfect weeknight meal, and you can improvise with whatever pantry items you have on hand. Last week I created an insanely good combo.  When you are not in the mood to cook, but you don't want to spend money, be thankful for those random pantry items that can be combined into the perfect easy, delicious meal.

Chicken breast tenders
Fresh sliced green pepper
1/2 sliced red onion
Can of black beans
Boil in a bag brown rice
Store bought pico de gallo
Scoop of plain Greek yogurt (used like sour cream).

Saute the chicken breasts with the peppers and onions.  Rinse the beans and cook the rice.  Combine the rest of the ingredients and add some hot sauce for a kick if you'd like.

I am also thankful for my ability to give into random afternoon cravings.  Lately, I have been into these creative yogurt messes.  I know they look strange, but they ALWAYS hit the spot.  This one is a mashed up light blueberry muffin (recipe soon to come), some plain Greek yogurt, a fresh sliced nectarine from the farmers market, and a swirl of peanut butter.

YUM!  Check back soon for that healthy blueberry muffin recipe - I really nailed them this time ;)

Here is a little preview of the finished product...

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