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DIY Chipotle Style Burrito Bowls

Helllllllo friends!! I’ve been meaning to get this out to you all sooner…but ya know, this thing called “life” kinda hit me in the face! I think if you take one look at my foodie insta, you’ll probably see a trend…and that would definitely be mexican food. tacos, nachos, taquitos, burrito bowls, i love it all and eat it quite frequently! However, when you’re trying to hit chipotle multiple times a week…it is sure to make your wallet cry! BUT good news y’all…I think I’ve made something that is just as good (if not better) than your average chipotle burrito bowl…plus WAY more budget friendly too :) Keep reading to see how I make it and how you can use it as your weekly meal prep, like I did!!!

 

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Homemade Burrito Bowls

What you’ll need…

  • 1 head of garlic
  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 3 green/red/yellow bell peppers
  • 2 white onion
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 package of cilantro
  • 1 package of grape tomatoes
  • 2-3 cans black beans (I would recommend buying them in the can/or already precooked. If you wanna make dried beans (keep in mind, it is a lengthy process) I used this recipe: Cuban Black Beans)
  • 3 packs of spanish style rice (I’d recommend the Seeds of Change brand)
  • 1 package of cheese of choice, I used mozzarella BUT (queso fresco and cotija are mexican style cheeses that would taste even better!!)
  • 2 limes
  • 1 pack of romaine lettuce
  • 2 avocados (If you are trying to keep these fresh throughout the week, squeeze some lemon juice on them)
  • 1 serrano pepper
  • 1 cucumber
  • your choice of seasonings (I used salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, cayenne, paprika, fresh lime juice for the chicken marinade)

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Where to begin!?

  1. Start by dicing up and marinating your chicken… ( Use the juice of 1 lime, 1-2 tablespoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon paprika, 2 teaspoons cayenne or ancho chile powder, 2 teaspoons cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, add enough olive oil to coat the chicken — mix together and add to a resealable bag and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes)
  2. Prep ingredients for your salsa (Use 1/2 cucumber rough dice, 1 package of grape tomatoes, 1/2-1 small red onion cut into chunks, a handful of cilantro, 1 serrano (seeded, if you aren’t feelin too much spice) 2-3 cloves garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, juice of 1 lime…use your best judgement/own preference for the garlic, salt, and lime measurements) Place all ingredients into food processor and pulse until desired consistency— add a little olive oil if salsa is too dry and squeeze in desired amount of lime juice) Set aside in the fridge! ***TIP: You certainly do not have to use a food processor for this and leave it nice and chunky if you’d like !!!***

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3.Julienne (long thin strips) 2 bell peppers and 1 white onion for your fajita vegetables. Sauté in avocado oil (high smoke point) until slightly tender. Add a little bit of minced garlic, salt, and pepper to taste.

4.If you are making the black beans from dried beans… follow the linked recipe and start this step FIRST!! If not, heat up your beans in a skillet with some oil (optional: add in some diced bell pepper and white onion for added flavor) and make sure to season slightly with salt and pepper

5.Additionally, heat up your already cooked spanish rice in a skillet with some oil too

6.Rough chop the romaine and use as the base for your burrito bowls

7.Take your chicken out of the fridge—cook in a skillet with avocado oil

8.Dice up an avocado and cilantro for garnish (add a squeeze of lime and a little bit of cheese to each bowl)

*** These ingredients made exactly 7 portions, perfect for a dinner meal prep for the week!! Assemble the ingredients however you’d like and place in tupperware containers for the week (Put salsa in a separate container) ***

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Hope you all enjoy and give chipotle a run for it’s money ;) !!

Until next time,

Kelsey

 

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Moving Update && Italian Pasta-less Salad

For those of you who don’t follow me on social media (ya should), I have been documenting my crazy moving experience and the progress thus far! As of now, I am officially all moved in. It only took a whole week (lol) and the help of my mom and a Uhaul–but hey, we did it and had a blast doing it! It is amazing all we put together in just five short days but I am so overwhelmed with how perfect it turned out. It is so very cozy (and I think I am going to love living alone) :) If ya’ll are in the moving process or know anyone who is, I’d highly recommend checking out some secondhand furniture shops! I was a little apprehensive at first, but you’d be shocked at the unique gems you may find! My couch, dining table, and chairs are all from the consignment shops listed below!

Some cool places in lex–> Restore // Another Man’s Treasure  // The Great Room //

Here are some updated progress photos below…

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(Even Noli approves of the new bedding ;))

Next up, I’ve got an awesome and super duper easy recipe for ya! I’ve always enjoyed a pasta salad but since my gluten allergy came in full force–I’ve been trying to do things differently and healthier! This salad is super fresh and inexpensive– I put prosciutto and a little calabrese in it, but you can definitely do without if you’re not a meat eater!

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Italian Pasta-less Salad

  • 3 roma tomatoes (diced)
  • 1/2 english cucumber (diced)
  • 3 slices of prosciutto and/or calabrese salami (finely chopped)
  • handful of green olives (halved)
  • handful of kalamata olives (halved)
  • feta or mozzarella cubes (as much as you want)
  • 2-3 tbs olive oil
  • 1-2 tbs italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup roasted garlic **optional (I found this at the olive bar @ kroger)

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Annnnnd that is literally it! SO simple and packed with flavor! Yesterday, I enjoyed a bowl of it on my porch with some pineapple and a la croix, of course! You can definitely meal prep this for the week for a perfect portable lunch or dinner option!

Hope you enjoy and let me know if you try it out!!

 

xoxo

 

Kelsey

 

 

 

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Lexington Blogger Brunch: Eggs Edition

It has been two weeks now and I STILL can’t stop telling people about the lexington blogger brunch. I mean, ya’ll FOR REAL, this was the most gorgeous set up I could ever imagine. We all kept joking (but not really joking) that it looked straight out of Pinterest! It could best be described as a fairytale…If ya don’t believe me, check it out below ;)

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The event was at the barn at Springhouse Gardens which was just the most perfect setting: beautiful land, gorgeous barn, and the nicest family who owns it! The morning was jam packed with so many good eats, a self-serve mimosa bar, a DIY flower crown bar, and of course, the awesome goodie bags!

I think if you’ve followed the blog long enough–you know I’m a huge breakfast person, or “bruncher” you could say, currently trying to work on having “professional bruncher” be a real thing. For me, breakfast is all about eggs (and mimosas) :) Eggs are like a super power food because they are so incredibly versatile! Like I literally just googled “how many ways can you cook an egg?” I found 16!! That’s insane guys! By far my favorite way to make eggs is in the form of either an egg bake or egg muffins! In fact, I cooked up some killer egg muffins for the blogger brunch! I cannot even get over how simple these are to make and you can literally add whatever you’re feeling that day and bake it all up (!!!) Not to mention, it is totally cheap and a great way to get rid of veggies that are on their last leg! Find the recipe HERE  :) Again, as I say in all my recipe posts, measurements are a rough estimate–as I typically throw things together without using measuring devices!

—-> Just remember, the key to a good egg bake is sufficient seasoning ( don’t be afraid to add in that extra dash of salt and pepper ) AND some of your favorite cheese (!!)

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All in all, I wish I could have brought every single one of you to this magical, fabulously fantastic brunch that I thought could only be as good in my dreams (yes, I dream about brunch. And yes, I have accepted it) It could not have been possible without the awesome people that contributed to making this morning perfect and the even better company ;)

Thank you to all…

The whole brunch was photographed by: Kirstie Dunston Photography

Goodie Bags && ETC: Springhouse Gardens // Shop Local KY // Miss Molly Vintage // AJ Apothecary // Shop Twenty Something // Morton James // Whole Foods Lex // Kentucky Yarnbirds // The Barn At Springhouse

Annnnd can’t forget the bloggers —>

Be sure to check out their pages and posts on the brunch too!!

The Stylish Tales of Tay <http://www.thestylishtalesoftay.com/

Authentically Emmie <http://authenticallyemmie.com/

Space, Place & Southern Grace <http://www.spaceplaceandsoutherngrace.com/

Kentucky Girl Ramblings <http://kentuckygirlramblings.com/

Bright on a Budget <http://brightonabudget.com/

Hartley Social <http://hartleysocial.com/

Lee’s Lookbook <http://www.leeslookbook.com/

Kayla Weber Art <http://www.kaylaweberart.com/blog

Fabulous in Fayette <http://fabulousinfayette.com/

Girl Meets Lex <http://girlmeetslex.com/

Basically Bronwyn <http://www.basicallybronwyn.com/

This Lexington Life <http://thislexingtonlife.com/

Lex Eats <http://lexeats.com/

Miss Molly Vintage <http://www.missmollyvintage.com/blog/

Candor and Rose <http://candorandrose.com/

Salt & Life Blog <http://www.saltandlifeblog.com/ 

 

Here’s to hoping we can top this brunch next time ;)

xoxo

Kelsey