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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I cooked again....

Twice in three days! Kevin must be wondering where his wife went!
Actually, he is golfing right now and I had to figure something out for dinner. I had no desire to go back out and I was being cheap anyway. I was determined to make something easy with whatever I had in the house. Well, I got plenty of vegetables, that's for sure!
I had a monster zucchini. I had a banana pepper. I had some corn on the cob that I got at the farmstand down the road. I also had cilantro, limes, and black beans.
I love the burrito bowls from Chipotle, but like I said, I wasn't going out. I decided I could concoct my own version! And it would be healthier since I made it myself!

What you see above is the veggies I used plus garlic powder and cumin I used to season everything (and salt and pepper, of course).

I stripped the corn off the cobs and sliced and gutted the monster zucchini.

I chopped up the zucchini and the banana pepper. While I was doing this I had a little bit of olive oil heating in a skillet. And I had rice boiling. I used basmati rice because, well, I just like it better. I have no problem mixing my food ethnicities.  I say, we can all just get along, right?! :-)

I chopped up cilantro to have it ready for the rice. When the oil was heated I tossed in the zucchini and let it cook a bit. Then I tossed in the pepper and let that cook with the zucchini. The I added in the corn and I decided it all looked a little bland so I grabbed a handful of cherry tomatoes from the fridge (because we a gazillion of them) and tossed those in, too.
I let this mixture cook together till the tomatoes burst open. Oh! After adding each ingredient I seasoned everything, too. When the rice was cooked I mixed in the cilantro and squeezed in the lime. I topped it with the veggies and topped that with a little bit of shredded Mexican cheese. It smelled really good!

I scooped a bit in to a bowl, topped it with a little bit of my salsa, and.....
IT WAS DELISH!!!!!!!!!!!
No need to go to Chipotle anymore!


Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

This looks phenomenal! Don't you love garden dinners? I'm a huge fan of the burrito bowl, so this is right up my alley.

By the way, I have scads of banana peppers and no clue what to do with them. I love them on subs and pizza, etc... but how does one get them from the raw state to "that" state? Any thoughts?

Cheryl said...

WOW, you go girl!

Christa said...

Wow...look at you:) Love your casserole dish by the way..LOL

That is a HUGE zucchini!! That dinner looks really good! :)

Melissa Miller said...

It looks delicious! I really need to eat more veggies. :)

WhisperingWriter said...

That looks good but I need my burrito bowls from Chipotle. I just do. Once per week. Or else I go crazy.

Terri and Bob said...

First, I wish I could have come over and shared! Second, I like Chipotle, too! Third, I am so impressed with your creativity and thriftiness! You rock!

thatdesigngal said...

That looks fantastic! That is one monster zucchini! Geeish!

I might be having to steal this one, all of my favorites!



Connie Weiss said...

Look at how AWESOME that looks! Great job!

carma said...

I hope my husband doesn't get wind of this - a blogger who cooks two nights in a row and neither dish involves the microwave ;-)