Happy Meal Prep Monday, y’all! Well, in a perfect world, we would be making these Meal Prep Southwest Chicken Burrito Bowls on Sunday because #MealPrepSunday is apparently a thing. But I’ve never been much of a rule follower, so here we are! Meal prep chicken burrito bowls, let’s do this!
This weekend was the best ever. Cody and I went home (we have like 5 “homes”, haha) to visit my family, my cute little 1 year old nephew, and see old friends. It was a much needed and refreshing trip!
Friday was St. Patty’s day and ALSO my sister’s birthday. Saturday we had a big family gathering, and my latin grandmother cooked up a carb loaded, most delicious dinner! Needless to say, ALL the splurges were had.
So yes, we’ve now arrived at Meal-Prep-Monday-Not-Sunday, and it is much needed! Today, we’re going the meal prep chicken route. Don’t get me wrong, I love splurging, but I start to feel crazy after not working out or eating a single vegetable (or fruit for that matter) for several days in a row. Thankfully, these Meal Prep Southwest Chicken Burrito Bowls are pretty easy to make! 🙂
Here’s how to make these Meal Prep Southwest Chicken Burrito Bowls:
1.) Roast A Chicken
This is something that I literally do once a week. I use this roaster, place a whole organic chicken in there with about 1.5 inches of water, sprinkle some seasoning over it, and roast it at 425 degrees for about 2-3 hours (until the internal temperature reaches 170 degrees and it looks fully cooked). I love doing this because then I have leftover meat for the entire week! Hello Healthy Sriracha Shredded Chicken Tacos, Chicken Fajita Casserole, and One-Pot Basil Chicken Baked Ziti!
2.) Make The Rice
Umm….definitely optional! You can totally buy a packet of pre-made Mexican rice and just heat it up if you’re limited on time. In this case, I made a massive batch of rice (like triple this recipe) because I wanted to make several of these meal prep bowls (or Pyrex rectangles? Whatever, you know what I mean)! The recipe for this Mexican rice is included below, but you can add whatever type of grain works best for you. Also, I claim no authenticity to a proper Mexican rice recipe here, folks! This is evidence of my lazy girl/quick cooking concoctions at it’s finest. 😉
3.) Put The Meal Prep Chicken Burrito Bowls Together
Literally: lettuce, tomatoes, chicken, corn, beans, rice, and an optional but necessary drizzle of the Avocado Lime Dressing. Pack ’em up and take ’em with you when you’re ready! Super easy. One time a week. DONE.
The beauty of meal prep. It’s a way of life and I love it! Oh and by the way, these bowls don’t have to be meal prep bowls. They can totally be an easy peasy weeknight dinner recipe, too!
If you find yourself making these Meal Prep Southwest Chicken Burrito Bowls (as I will be!), tag #JarOfLemons to let me know. I love seeing what you guys are cooking up! 🙂
Meal Prep Southwest Chicken Burrito Bowls
- 2 cups kale (or lettuce of choice)
- 1 cup grape tomatoes
- 3 cups shredded or cubed chicken
- 3/4 cup corn, canned
- 1 1/2 cup black beans, canned
- 1 cup rice, cooked
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- drizzle Avocado Lime Dressing (optional)
Cook the rice according to directions. Mix in paprika, cumin, cayenne, and pepper when the rice has about 5 minutes left. Set aside.
Layer each bowl or container with kale, tomatoes, shredded chicken, corn, beans, and rice. Top with optional dressing and enjoy immediately or refrigerate for later!
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