Outside the Box: Tex Mex Recipe

April 2, 2020

So, I am ready for a change and I have only been at home for a week! I was ready to step out of the kitchen and do something different.  Normally that would be going out to eat, but that is not an option for now. So, the alternative option that I came up with seems to be working for my family (Charlie and Delta-our four-legged family member).

I fixed a nice Tex-Mex bowl dinner and headed outside to the backyard table! This was a great change from being inside our four walls while still social distancing and sheltering in place! So, part of the change was keeping the meal simple so that I could enjoy minimal prep and clean up. Kinda like dining out but a whole different way!

Try this recipe and step outside your box for a true dining out experience!  This is also a great way to use some of those ingredients you might have in the cupboard as you fill-up the pantry with supplies for COVID-19. I used canned corn and black beans in this recipe and rinsed them to decrease the sodium content. The only thing I had to fix was the rice, so if you have leftover rice this would make it even easier!  This concept can be used with lots of different ingredients that you already have on hand or a great way to refresh leftovers!

Tex Mex Rice Bowl

  • 3 cups cooked rice (seasoned with lime-flavored olive oil and cilantro)
  • 1 cup corn
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 1 lime
  • Bunch of cilantro chopped (a little went into the rice)
  • Protein of choice—leftover shredded chicken, beef or black beans
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • lettuce
  • ½ cup shredded low-fat extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Cook the rice as you normally would.  (I use chicken broth and garlic to flavor with lime infused olive oil and cilantro).  Dice onion, tomatoes, avocado and protein of choice.  Warm corn and black beans separately. This can be done in a microwave. Combine lettuce, beans, corn, onion, rice into a bowl.  Slice protein into strips and add to bowl if you are having protein.  Drizzle with lime juice and serve!

Nutrition Information: 337 calories, 15 g fat, 46 g carbohydrate, 5 g protein, 468 mg sodium

**You can change the nutrition profile by using cauliflower rice, decreasing the olive oil, and using low-fat cheese.  It also works well if you are a vegan or vegetarian with a few tweaks!