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Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF are a one pot dinner with deliciously seasoned veggies and beans along with herb loaded tangy rice, crunchy lettuce and salsas and a deliciously creamy guac to complete the bowl. The various textures give these bowls a distinct flavor! Basically, if you love tex-mex, then these bowls are your besties! 

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF can be customized to our preferences. Since we love tex-mex, these bowls are a common feature on our menu for busy weeknights or lazy weekends. They don’t take much effort to put together and that is really what makes them so much fun. I usually do an all vegetarian or vegan version with lots of lettuce for the last crunchy bit of topping. They add a lot roughage as well as flavor. My hubby has no complains as far as it’s spicy and tangy!

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

Let’s decode what went into these bowls:

The Rice – this is the key, make it or break it sorts for us. I make a Signature Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice which is absolutely flavorful. You can go with kind of Mexican rice you like. This is the base of the bowl so choose the flavor wisely.

The Sides – we love our Pico de Gallo, so that is a must! Along with some sweet corn salsa which is so delicious and refreshing! Actually this is just the basic that I usually do. The staple Chipotle style Fajita Veggies is a must have too! There days when I go all out with the sides but I’ll save that for another time. Keeping it real simple for this version.

The Crunch – you can do a lot of improvisation here, from crispy salads or lettuce leaves to crushed nachos or baked tortilla chips. We stick to gluten free options as far as possible.

The Toppings – jalapeno, grilled tomatoes, fresh cilantro, pickles, guacamole, lemon wedges, anything you fancy! We are extremely partial towards a good, creamy guac so that is our go to topping usually! We skip sour cream when going for a vegan version because I’m simply unable to find a good version around here. And we do not add cheese either if making vegan version.

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF have a good number of components, so start the prep accordingly. Once everything is ready, they come together in a bowl in minutes.

Let us make the easiest Vegan & GF Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowl ever!

For the Cilantro Lime Rice –

Wash and soak any long grained variety of rice for 10 minutes. (I use Basmati rice).

Cook the rice with bay leaf and salt. Drain the rice and set aside until slightly cooled.

Add olive oil, minced garlic and chopped cilantro. Add the lime juice too and mix well. The rice is done. Set it aside.

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

For the Fajita Veggies –

Heat olive oil in a pan, add sliced green bell peppers and onions. Sauté for few minutes.

Add fajita seasoning and salt to taste. Again sauté for a few minutes until the peppers and the onions char a bit.

Turn off the heat, set these aside too.

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

For the Beans- 

I have used fresh red kidney beans here. You can use canned black beans or even pinto beans.

Heat oil in a pan, add the drained beans. Season with salt, smoked paprika and some cumin powder. Mix well. That’s done, set it aside.

For the Guacamole –

Mash the avocado until smooth and creamy, add all the mentioned ingredients and mix well. Set it aside.

For the Pico de Gallo – 

Chop the tomatoes, jalapeno (if you don’t find fresh jalapenos, use regular green chilies), red onion and cilantro really fine.

Chop the pickled jalapenos as well.

Mix all these together. Season with salt, pepper and lime juice. Mix well!

For the Sweet Corn Salsa- 

Take corn, chopped jalapenos, red onion and cilantro in a bowl, season with salt, sugar and lime juice. Mix well. Set it aside.

To Assemble the Rice Bowl –

In a plate bowl, add the prepped rice, some beans, Pico de Gallo, guac, sweet corn salsa, fajita veggies and lastly some freshly torn lettuce. A squirt of lime juice and it’s ready, serve immediately and enjoy!

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF
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Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls have layers of Cilantro Lime rice, crunchy salsas, creamy guacamole, spicy veggies and some beans!! A final squirt of lemon juice just adds to the freshness of it all! The perfect hearty and healthy GF and Vegan rice bowl. 

Course Lunch Box, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 persons
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

For the Rice

  • 3/4 cup rice plus water to cook the rice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • fresh cilantro, as needed chopped
  • juice of 1 lime

For the Pico de Gallo

  • 2 nos. large, juicy tomatoes chopped
  • 1 nos. large, red onion chopped
  • 1/2 nos. fresh jalapeno chopped
  • 1 tbsp pickled jalapeno chopped
  • salt and cracked black pepper to taste
  • fresh cilantro, as needed chopped
  • juice of a large lemon

For Guacamole

  • 1 nos. large, ripe avocado
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup red onions, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp jalapeno, chopped
  • fresh cilantro, finely chopped

For Beans

  • 1 cup red kidney beans, boiled or canned black beans/ pinto beans
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika or red chilly powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder

For the Fajita Veggies

  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 nos. green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 nos. red onion, sliced
  • salt to taste
  • 3/4 tsp fajita spice or a blend of cumin, paprika, black pepper powders

For Sweet Corn Salsa

  • 1 cup american sweet corn, blanched
  • juice of half a lime
  • salt to taste
  • two pinches of sugar
  • 1/8 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp jalapeno, chopped
  • fresh cilantro, finely chopped

To Assemble the Rice Bowl

  • prepped rice
  • prepped Pico de gallo
  • guacamole as needed
  • fresh lettuce, as needed chopped
  • lemon wedges, as needed
  • sweet corn salsa
  • fajita veggies
  • beans

Instructions

For the Cilantro Lime Rice

  1. Wash and soak any long grained variety of rice for 10 minutes. (I use Basmati rice).

  2. Cook the rice with bay leaf and salt. Drain the rice and set aside until slightly cooled.

  3. Add olive oil, minced garlic and chopped cilantro. Add the lime juice too and mix well. The rice is done. Set it aside.

For the Pico de Gallo

  1. Chop the tomatoes, jalapeno (if you don't find fresh jalapenos, use regular green chilies)**, red onion and cilantro real fine.

  2. Chop the pickled jalapenos as well.

  3. Mix all these together. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Mix well! It is ready. 

For the Fajita Veggies -

  1. Heat olive oil in a pan, add sliced green bell peppers and onions. Sauté for few minutes.

  2. Add fajita seasoning and salt to taste. Again sauté for a few minutes until the peppers and the onions char a bit.

  3. Turn off the heat, set these aside too.

For the Beans-

  1. I have used fresh red kidney beans here. You can use canned black beans or even pinto beans.

  2. Heat oil in a pan, add the drained beans. Season with salt, smoked paprika and some cumin powder.

  3. Mix well. That's done, set it aside.

For the Guacamole -

  1. Mash the avocado until smooth and creamy, add all the mentioned ingredients and mix well. Set it aside.

For the Sweet Corn Salsa-

  1. Take corn, chopped jalapenos, red onion and cilantro in a bowl, season with salt, sugar and lime juice. Mix well. Set it aside.

To Assemble the Rice Bowl

  1. In a plate bowl, add the prepped rice, some beans, Pico de Gallo, guac, sweet corn salsa, fajita veggies and lastly some freshly torn lettuce. A squirt of lime juice and it's ready, serve immediately and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Add sour cream and Mexican grated cheese blend if you prefer non vegan options.

Also you can add vegan variants of the same if you prefer. 

Love,
Shreya.

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Strawberry Popsicles – Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo

I love popsicles and I cannot lie. LoL!!! It’s not a secret I guess. Each summer, I share a few recipes. These Strawberry Popsicles are pretty straightforward too. This recipe is gluten free and vegan. It is also Paleo. Hence, folks who are on a diet can enjoy these too. 

Strawberry Popsicles - Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo

Strawberry Popsicles – Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo is a new experiment which rocked! Last year I had shared the recipe for my Volcano Pops, for which I got amazing feedback too! And have you guys seen my Mango and Kiwi Popsicles, pretty and so flavorsome! There are so many kinds of fruit based popsicles I’m yet to try and share here, the possibilities are endless.:)

Strawberry Popsicles - Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo

I prefer using everyday, easily available ingredients for making pops. These Strawberry Popsicles – Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo are very easy to put together. Ideal for kids too as these do not contains added colors or preservatives. Since they are full health, it’s safe to say that you can have them for breakfast when it gets way too hot! No one’s judging!
Strawberry Popsicles - Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo

So coming to what goes into it, well anything goes actually. I love strawberries and they are in abundance around me so I’ve used those. Use any fruit juice or pulp, it will work. To my surprise, strawberries are really sweet this year, hardly any tang or tartness. As always I’ve been snacking on them by the pound! So, when I wanted to male these pops, I didn’t need much sugar. In fact, I’ve used natural sweeteners in a very small quantity to balance the little tang from the lemon juice. For the final element of freshness in every lick, I added something from my kitchen garden!!

The overall flavor blew us away! So little to do and you’ll be all set for these icy cool treats for the next few days. Sounds good??!
Wash and pat dry the strawberries.
We will start with hulling the berries.
Add them in a blender, pour honey or agave.
Top these with a splash of fresh lemon juice.
Add a few sprigs of fresh mint.
Give everything a whizz until smooth.
Pour this into moulds of your choice and freeze until solid or for 8 hours.
Enjoy!

Strawberry Popsicles – Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 3-4 medium sized Pops

Easy to make delicious Strawberry Popsicles are Gluten free, vegan and Paleo with natural sweeteners.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 3 tbsp. honey or agave
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • a few sprigs of fresh mint

Instructions

  1. Wash and pat dry the strawberries.
  2. We will start with hulling the berries.
  3. Add them in a blender, pour honey or agave.
  4. Top these with a splash of fresh lemon juice.
  5. Add a few sprigs of fresh mint.
  6. Give everything a whizz until smooth.
  7. Pour this into moulds of your choice and freeze until solid or for 8 hours.
  8. Enjoy!

Notes

Adding honey or agave is optional. If the berries are too tart, add more sweetener as per taste. Mint is optional too but it does give a really fresh flavor.

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Make the most the berries in season and enjoy some Pops!!

Love,
Shreya

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Fridge Pickled Jalapeno Peppers

Extra topping on my pizza means pickled jalapenos among many other things, lol!! And these Fridge Pickled Jalapeno Peppers are for the spice lovers like me out there! I mean making these is a breeze and ridiculously easy. I always have a jarful sitting in my refrigerator. They taste good on pizzas apart from all the pastas and some dips even. 🙂

Fridge Pickled Jalapeno Peppers

That big jar is all mine!! Alright, my hubby does share them with me but it’s basically just for me. It’s so delicious and tastes much better than store bought pickled jalapeno peppers. It doesn’t have that odd chemical/ preservative kind of aftertaste or that aroma even. The aroma of any kind of preservative does turn me off. Earlier, I’d never buy the supermarket stuff just for that reason. But ever since I discovered this easy peasy recipe on Pinterest, it’s been no looking back! 3 years on and I can proudly say that I’ve nailed this! Well, I’d nailed it on the very first attempt but I just keep getting better with each batch 🙂

The best part is that this keeps for so long in the refrigerator. The longest that mine has sat in there is about 5 months! I mean wow!! I have made use of these on Pizzas, added them to pasta/ spaghetti, on my nachos, etc.. Never been disappointed!!

Fridge Pickled Jalapeno Peppers

The best part is that this recipe calls for the most everyday, fuss free pantry basics. Once you have washed, dried and sliced the peppers, it basically takes 15 minutes from there!

We will start with washing and wiping the peppers dry.
Next, slice all the peppers. They must neither be too thick nor too thin.
Take a pan, heat it on high flame.
Add water and vinegar to the pan.
Once these come to a gentle boil, add sugar, salt and crushed garlic.
Stir a few times. Let these cook together for 10-15 minutes or until the sugar melts completely on medium heat.
Turn off the heat and let the brine cool down completely.
Fill a clean, sterilized glass jar with the sliced peppers. Pour the brine over the peppers.
Put on the lid and gently shake to evenly distribute the brine. Let this sit at room temperature for an hour.
Refrigerate without opening the jar for 2-3 days. You will see the color of the peppers change from dark green to slightly mossy green. They are now ready.

Fridge Pickled Jalapeno Peppers

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 1.5 cups

Homemade Fridge Pickled Jalapeno Peppers are absolutely easy to make with just 6 basic ingredients and so big on flavors!

Ingredients

  • 15-17 nos. medium Jalapeno Peppers
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. salt
  • 6-7 nos. fresh garlic pods
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white vinegar

Instructions

  1. We will start with washing and wiping the peppers dry.
  2. Next, slice all the peppers. They must neither be too thick nor too thin. 
  3. Take a pan, heat it on high flame.
  4. Add water and vinegar to the pan. 
  5. Once these come to a gentle boil, add sugar, salt and crushed garlic. 
  6. Stir a few times. Let these cook together for 10-15 minutes or until the sugar melts completely on medium heat.
  7. Turn off the heat and let the brine cool down completely.
  8. Fill a clean, sterilized glass jar with the sliced peppers. Pour the brine over the peppers.
  9. Put on the lid and gently shake to evenly distribute the brine. Let this sit at room temperature for an hour.
  10. Refrigerate without opening the jar for 2-3 days. You will see the color of the peppers change from dark green to slightly mossy green. 
  11. They are ready! 

Notes

Use regular fat green chilies (Indian pakoda mirchi) if Jalapeno peppers are not available. Always cool the brine completely before pouring over the peppers. We cool the brine because we are not cooking the peppers, we are pickling them. Follow the measurements for best results. This stays fresh in the refrigerator for about 2-3 months although I've had them in mine for over 5 months without any problems.

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Love,
Shreya 🙂

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Mexican Vegetable Soup | Vegan and Glutenfree

So…here we are in 2017 and this bright, colourful soup was destined to be the first post of the year😁….why ‘was’?? Because this was made sometime during the last couple of days of the year gone by…..it was our healthy and light meal before binged in the name of making merry!!

Anyhooooo….so how have the first few days of the new year been treating you!? Honestly, I feel no different. The dates have changed no doubt, but that is where I think it ends. I am not one who makes resolutions and stuff….it’s been that way all my life. Do you? Have any of you actually seen your resolution through the year and then made notes about it later? I’d love to know! I mean, many break their resolutions the very next morning of making them….seems like such a waste..moot point, no?!

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So coming to this soup….it’s as healthy as healthy gets..no cornflour or APF or any ingredient to thicken the broth. It has a ton of veggies…like literally! Plenty of spices and the tang….that’s just perfect!!

Obviously you could add a bit of meat like sliced sausages or some boiled eggs. I was thinking maybe some seafood, like prawns or even squids! The possibilities are endless…. but I keep this one as veg…always. It’s one of our favourite go-to soups to do at home. It’s the quickest too, you’ll see!

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Everyone has a favourite soup….this is my current favourite, has been for sometime now. I usually even like Manchow soup…a personal favourite or some Thai Noodle soup, I’d probably share that recipe here too sometime….could make for a ideal summer lunch! ☺️

Anyways….let’s first learn to make us some healthy Mexican Vegetable Soup….

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a heavy bottomed pan, measuring cups/ spoons, a ladle.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp oil

5-6 cloves of garlic

1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper

1/4 cup finely chopped yellow bell pepper

1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper

1/4 cup finely chopped carrots

1/4 cup sweet corn

1/4 cup finely chopped French beans

1/2 cup finely chopped red onion

3 nos. large ripe tomatoes

salt & pepper to taste

3/4 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp red chilli powder

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp peri peri spice mix (store bought)

2 cups water

3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves

juice of half a lemon

nacho chips to serve on the side (optional)

Method:

Heat oil in the pan, add crushed garlic and chopped onions. Sweat the onions for about 2-3 minutes. Then add the chopped bell peppers, carrots, beans, sweet corn. Stir well and season with salt & pepper. Cook the veggies for about 5-6 mins.

Then add the oregano, cumin powder, red chilli powder and the peri peri spice mix. Stir well, add tomatoes. Cook these together for another 5-6 mins or until the tomatoes turns soft and mushy. Add water (I add about 2 cups, you can add more or less).

Let the soup come to a boil, takes about 12-13 mins. Once the consistency is right, add chopped coriander and lemon juice. Serve the soup piping hot with some nacho chips.

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Such a filling meal….I’d say do try it once.

Love,

Shreya 💝

Adapted from cooking classy

 

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