Chicken Burrito Bowl

I haven’t always been a big fan of bowls, but I’ve been changing my tune after seeing how convenient they are. I made this Chicken Burrito Bowl in about 30 minutes of total cooking time and of course any of the ingredients can be substituted or additional ingredients can be added (substitutions/additions may change the smart points value).

Chicken Burrito Bowl 

Yield: 1 serving

8 Smart Points 

1 c. Cooked Brown Rice (4sp)

1/3 c. Seasoned Black Beans (I used canned beans) (2sp)

3 oz. Chicken Breast, Seasoned and Grilled

½ oz. Queso Fresco (1sp)

½ c. Pico de Gallo (0sp, recipe follows)

¼ c. Pickled Onions (0sp, recipe follows)

1 tbsp. Cilantro, Chopped

For the Pico De Gallo

½ c. Tomatoes, chopped

1 tbsp. Fresh Lime Juice

2 tsp. Cilantro, Chopped

Salt, To Taste

Mix all ingredients and set aside

For the Pickled Onions

1 c. Hot Water

½ c. Apple Cider Vinegar

1 tbsp. Granulated Sugar

1-1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt

½ Red Onion, Thinly Sliced

Mix the water, apple cider vinegar, granulated sugar, and kosher salt until the sugar and salt dissolve.

Place sliced onion in a jar and pour vinegar mixture over; let sit at room temperature for at least one hour. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

For the Burrito Bowl

Place the brown rice, black beans, chicken breast, pico de gallo, and pickled onions in a bowl.

Top with crumbled queso fresco and chopped cilantro


Lost & Found

Recently I was contacted by Weight Watchers to be featured as a success story in their magazine and website; of course my first reaction was “Really??? Me???” After much googling names and addresses (I’m a junior internet spy, my best friend will confirm this) I realized this wasn’t some cruel joke. The standard formalities of any magazine article followed; a lot of preliminary questions and paperwork to sign until the actual photo shoot.  When the big day came I was completely unprepared for how hectic an actual professional photoshoot can be. The day started fairly early with hair, makeup, wardrobe and a quick breakfast, then it was off to our first stop. I was photographed at my gym during spinning class and in the weight room which are my favorite workouts and then off we went again. Our second location was a Cuban restaurant where I was photographed having some Cuban coffee, which has been a life saver when I’m having a craving for sweets. Our third location was a garden/farmer’s market for some shots of me shopping for fresh produce and then we would round out the tour with a stop at the park with my daughter. Needless to say it was an exciting day from the moment I woke up.

It’s been two months since that day and my face and body are now in a worldwide magazine as well as the Weight Watchers website. It’s exciting and daunting all at once, but I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything. I am grateful that the work I have put forth on my weight loss journey has been recognized in a public medium, but I am also very proud to be able to show my daughter that hard work and perseverance pay off. 

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