This dish was the BOMB.COM. I mean it was full of flavor and left me with a light-weight yet fulfilling balance afterward. The Cilantro Rice made it even more balancing because of the ingredients within it. Since everything is cooked by hand (besides the beans), there was a fresh tasted within the food.
I often crave Chipotle because I always remember how it leaves me feeling well satisfied after I eat there. Recently, I ended up thinking of their ingredients and decided to make it myself. Let’s be honest, having someone cook for you can be pretty nice; but, cooking food for yourself can be WAY BETTER AND CHEAPER. My average total for Chipotle is somewhere around $7. That is just one meal for one night. Think about it. You can get the SAME MEAL that is fresh and created with your own hands that will last you for half of the weak or the entire week, with approximately the same price.
Think of it this way: You see two cans of vegetable soup with a Campbell’s brand and another can with an Organic brand. Do you buy the Campbell’s brand that contains high sodium, less fiber, more calories, and multiple ingredients? Or do you buy the Organic brand that has less sodium, more fiber, less sugars, and more organic ingredients? I would go for the Organic brand or perhaps something in my budget that is much more healthier than Campbell’s. Why? Even though Campbell’s is cheaper, it will not do my body good in the long run.
The same goes for eating out versus buying groceries for the same meal. Here is the approximate total for creating this Chipotle Dish.
Purchased at ALDI:
- Organic Black Beans = $0.79 (canned)
- Bag of Large Carrots = $0.69
- Bag of Roma Tomatoes 16 oz.= $0.89 ON SALE
- Bag of Romaine Lettuce = $1.99
- Organic Tahini Goodness Dressing = $1.99
- Grapeseed Oil = $3 ON SALE (bought previously; excluded from total)
Purchased at Walmart:
- Green Bell Pepper = $0.88
- Red Bell Pepper = $1.68
- Cilantro = $0.98
- Onion = $0.61
- Lime Juice = $0.88
- White Rice = $3 (bought previously; excluded from total)
- Broccoli Head (bought previously; excluded from total)
Total w/o tax: $11.38
Now this may be a $4.38 difference from my $7 meal, but this meal is much more fresh and long lasting than dinner out at Chipotle. This is a dish that you MUST give a try at home.
Chipotle Dish Recipe
Time: Prep 5 min, Cook 10 min
- 1 cup Rice (White or Brow)
- 1 cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro
- 1 tbs Lime Juice
- 2 Roma Tomatoes (diced)
- Chopped Cilantro
- 1 Garlic Clove Chopped
- 1 tbs Dried Oregano
- 2 tbs Lime Juice
Guacamole Ingredients: (Not included in this recipe but listed if interested):
- 3 Avocados (soft and ripe)
- 3 Roma Tomatoes
- 1/2 Cup Chopped Onion
- 2 tbs Lime Juice
- 2 Can Organic Black Beans
- 1 Green Bell Pepper
- 1 Red Bell Pepper
- 1 Onion
- 3 Large Carrots Shaved
- 1 Romaine Lettuce Heart
- 1 Large Broccoli Head
- Herbal Seasonings: Basil, Cumin, Parsley
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Organic Tahini Goodness Dressing
- Black Pepper
- Rinse beans and cook in a small pot.
- Bring rice to a boil. In a bowl mix together rice, cilantro, and lime juice.
- In a separate bowl, stir together diced tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, oregano, and lime juice.
- In a separate bowl, stir together avocado, tomato, onion, and lime juice.
- In a non-stick skillet, heat oil on med-high. Add onions, green bell peppers, red bell peppers, and broccoli. Simmer for 2 minutes stirring occasionally.
- Add in Red Wine Vinegar and herbal seasonings of your choice.
- When veggies are golden, serve on top of rice. Don’t forget about the salsa and romaine lettuce as well.
- Sprinkle Tahini Dressing on and top with carrot shavings.