In my opinion, a burrito bowl is basically the perfect packed lunch. Delicious, filling, nutrient-dense and super easy- what else could we ask for? The black beans paired with brown rice are an incredible source of plant-based protein, fiber, and iron keeping us powered for the rest of the afternoon. We add sweet potato to give us even more sustained energy and a healthy dose of beta-carotene and vitamin C, and whatever fresh veggies you like for a good crunch- my personal favorites are spinach, lettuce, red onion, and peppers, but I’ve been known to stick to the brown rice, black beans, and sweet potato when I’m particularly low on fresh veggies and call it a day.
I also love packing a burrito bowl for lunches because the only thing that needs to be prepped ahead of time is the brown rice. If you don’t have time to do this, you can also just up the portion of sweet potato. Feel free to bake your sweet potato in the oven, but personally, I rely on my trusty microwave to steam the sweet potato, keeping this a truly less-than-15-minute meal.
If you’re feeling fancy, you could sautee the black beans in the spices before adding them to the burrito bowl, but to be honest, I think the beans taste just as good (and are much less time consuming to make) when the spices are just sprinkled on top. If you’re serving this to kiddos, maybe decrease or take away altogether the spices (depending on their own tolerance).
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Lastly, have fun with this burrito bowl! I kept it pretty simple with the components and toppings, but feel free to add salsa, guacamole, slices of avocado- whatever your heart desires!
Vegan Burrito Bowl
This burrito bowl is one of my go-to's when I need to make a quick, easy, delicious and filling meal! The best part of this bowl is that it's totally customizable, meaning you can use whatever you have on hand to make it completely yours!
- 1 medium sweet potato steamed/baked/microwaved
- 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
- 1/2 cup canned black beans drained and rinsed
- 1 tbsp vegan mayo
- 1/2 tsp sriracha
- 1/2 lime juiced
- 1 handful chopped spinach
- 1/8 red onion diced
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
Cook brown rice as per package instructions (I recommend doing this in a large batch so you can have brown rice on hand!)
Steam sweet potato (I typically cook mine in the microwave for 10 minutes)
Drain and rinse 1/2 cup of black beans from their can
Whisk together vegan mayonnaise, sriracha and lime juice until smooth
Add all remaining ingredients in a bowl
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