Perhaps you’ve seen the immaculate rows of perfectly curated lunchboxes captured for posterity on Instagram, or entire shelves dedicated to meal prep and make-ahead recipes in bookstores. Meal planning is all the rage these days, though it seems daunting to dive right in.
Meal planning is not just for busy office workers or students on the go. Even if you’re eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner at home, everyone can reap the benefits:
- Prevent mindless snacking by setting aside perfect portions.
- Save time by cooking in batches.
- Stress less by knowing exactly what’s for dinner.
- Maximize your budget by resisting the lure of takeout.
- Reduce food waste by using up what you already have.
The best containers are durable, lightweight, leak-proof, microwave- and freezer-friendly, easy to clean, and available in multiple sizes. That’s why I’ve chosen Popit! to house my meals. They offer all that, in both glass and BPA-free plastic food storage containers, which snap closed with airtight locking lids. No leaking, no cracking, no discoloring here. Plus, they conveniently nest together for space-saving storage.
Popit! has made it possible to bring you a bold new series featuring fresh recipes every month, to help fill the gaps in your daily menu. I’m excited to kick things off with a simple, satisfying burrito bowl worth throwing a fiesta for.
Brains and beauty go hand in hand for this well-balanced bundle. Colorful, crisp vegetables sit comfortably on a bed of fluffy cilantro rice, with a hearty scoop of black beans for a complete protein complement. Rich, thick avocado crema gets packed alongside to keep everything fresh, but I wouldn’t blame you for breaking out the chips to polish off the final drops. It’s everything you could ask for in a properly loaded burrito, minus the grease, stodgy flour tortilla, and potential wrap malfunctions.
Served cold, straight out of the fridge, at room temperature on-the-go, warmed lightly in the microwave, or hot from the moment it’s made, it’s a delicious combination at any temperature. Designed for two servings, it could be one lunch for you and your partner, two lunches for you, OR double the quantities and containers to maximize your time and effort. Get twice as much delicious food out of the deal, and spend that much less time worrying about it. Get in, chow down, and get on with your life. That, my friends, is the beauty of meal planning.
- 2 Cups Cooked Rice and/or Quinoa
- 1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro, Minced
- 2 Tablespoons Lime Juice
- 1/2 Cup Corn Kernels, Canned and Drained, or Frozen and Thawed
- 1 (15-Ounce) Can Black Beans, Drained and Rinsed
- 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes, Halved
- 1/2 Orange or Red Bell Pepper, Diced
- 1 Cup Thinly Shredded Romaine Lettuce
- 1/2 Jalapeno, Thinly Sliced (Optional)
- 1 Large Avocado, Mashed
- 1/4 Cup Plain, Unsweetened Vegan Yogurt
- 1 Clove Garlic, Minced
- 2 Tablespoons Lime Juice
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- Begin by combining the cooked rice with the cilantro and lime juice. Divide equally between two 28-ounce square Popit! containers, spreading it out across the bottom in one even layer.
- Place spoonfuls of the corn, beans, tomatoes, and bell peppers on top, arranging them as neatly as you desire. You could simply mix them all up and it would be just as delicious, too!
- Finish with a pile of shredded lettuce in the center, along with thinly sliced jalapeno, if you want to add a little kick.
- Seal with the lid and store in the fridge.
- For the cream, simply mash the avocado in a medium bowl and mix in the remaining ingredients. Stir until thoroughly blended. Divide in half and transfer to two 3-ounce round Popit! containers. Keep chilled until ready to eat.
- To serve, spoon the avocado crema on top of the burrito bowls and dig in!
Finished burrito bowls and avocado crema will keep in the fridge for up to five days.
Double quantities to make four servings.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 704Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 366mgCarbohydrates: 114gFiber: 20gSugar: 20gProtein: 25g
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