Fresh Black Bean Burrito Bowl

Let me introduce you to one of the best meals I’ve had all season! These fresh black bean burrito bowls are made from scratch with simple, wholesome…

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best burrito bowl recipe

Let me introduce you to one of the best meals I’ve had all season! These fresh black bean burrito bowls are made from scratch with simple, wholesome ingredients. While the components initially take some time to prepare, they make great leftovers to enjoy all week long. These bowls pack well for lunch, too.

In fact, these burrito bowls represent how I eat at home. I like to make a few components that play nicely together, and mix and match them all week. That way, I don’t get bored, and I don’t have to start from zero with every meal.

ingredients (rice, lime, cilantro, red onion)

“Tell me more, Kate,” you say. Ok, so maybe you first enjoy these burrito bowls exactly as shown here. You could change up your next bowl by adding some avocado and a fried egg.

Or, you could make a simple quesadilla, top it with pickled onion and cilantro pesto, and serve it with a side of black beans and rice. Another option? Turn these components into black bean tacos (or a burrito). Maybe you have some extra rice, so you warm it up and toss it into your green salad for lunch.

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Jamaican Chickpea Stew

This Jamaican Chickpea Stew recipe makes a quick and easy vegetarian meal with Jamaican-spiced black beans and chickpeas and served over brown rice. Having grown up in an area where there are more ethnic food restaurants than American-style restaur…

Jamaican Chickpea Stew
This Jamaican Chickpea Stew recipe makes a quick and easy vegetarian meal with Jamaican-spiced black beans and chickpeas and served over brown rice. Having grown up in an area where there are more ethnic food restaurants than American-style restaurants, I’ve had an interest in international cooking ever since I knew how to sauté an onion. While a typical teenager would frequent burger or pizza joints, my friends and I made the rounds at our local Thai, Japanese, Mexican, and Indian restaurants.

Sweet Potato Bibimbap

Photos by Rikki Snyder Bibimbap! Have you heard of it? You will love it! What exactly is bibimbap? It’s a traditional Korean dish which translates to “mixed rice” (bibi = mixed, bap = rice). A variety of sautéed, raw, and pickled vegetables are served …

Photos by Rikki Snyder Bibimbap! Have you heard of it? You will love it! What exactly is bibimbap? It’s a traditional Korean dish which translates to “mixed rice” (bibi = mixed, bap = rice). A variety of sautéed, raw, and pickled vegetables are served on top of white rice with a raw or over-easy egg and sliced meat. I took the Make it Meatless approach to this bibimbap by substituting roasted sweet potato slices for the meat. Sweet potatoes for meat? Does that sound like a strange substitution? I assure you, it simply works! The sweet potatoes are filling, flavorful, and add life to the meal. One of my favorite parts about this dish is how much variety goes into the bowl. You can pick and choose your favorite vegetables, and create a combination of raw and cooked vegetables with a tasty sauce. I went with sautéed shiitake mushrooms and sweet potatoes, which I served with raw shredded carrot, eggs, pickled cucumbers (I used store-bought, but I’ve linked to a recipe in the ingredient list if you can’t find them!), kimchi, and a gingery chili garlic sauce drizzled over everything. These bowls are so flavorful and satisfying that it took only […]

Savory Moong Dal Rice Crepes (Dosa or Cheela)

In looking for a quick and easy way to make dosas (savory, fermented Indian crepes), we were blown away by the flavor and texture of these savory Indian-inspired crepes. And it turned out what we actually ended up with is called a cheela!
Cheelas are s…

Savory Moong Dal Rice Crepes (Dosa or Cheela)

In looking for a quick and easy way to make dosas (savory, fermented Indian crepes), we were blown away by the flavor and texture of these savory Indian-inspired crepes. And it turned out what we actually ended up with is called a cheela!

Cheelas are similar in flavor and presentation to dosas but don’t require fermenting. We experimented with fermenting but found it didn’t impact flavor or digestibility. However, we include tips for fermenting if you have extra time!

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Quick Chana Masala

Chana masala is one of my favorite menu items at Indian restaurants. It’s a hearty, saucy chickpea and tomato dish with warming spices. I bet you have…

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vegan chana masala recipe

Chana masala is one of my favorite menu items at Indian restaurants. It’s a hearty, saucy chickpea and tomato dish with warming spices. I bet you have the ingredients to make this easy homemade version in your pantry already!

I shared this recipe back in 2014, and wanted to revisit it as we’re all spending more time at home. I thoroughly enjoyed the fragrant 20 minutes I spent over the stove for this recipe.

chana masala ingredients

To make this chana masala, you’ll need onion, ginger, garlic, and several good-for-you spices, including coriander, cumin, and turmeric. Garam masala is the traditional spice blend for chana masala, but if you don’t have that on hand, you’ll find alternatives below.

I’d like to start cooking Indian recipes more often. Which one would you like to see next? For more pantry-friendly recipes, check my healthy pantry recipes roundup.

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Black Bean Buddha Bowl with Gingery Lemon Tahini Sauce

Is it just us, or is there something incredibly comforting about a meal filled with beans, rice, greens, and a flavorful sauce?
Inspired by a bowl from Prasad in Portland, we made a delicious gluten-free and plant-based Buddha bowl from simple ingredie…

Black Bean Buddha Bowl with Gingery Lemon Tahini Sauce

Is it just us, or is there something incredibly comforting about a meal filled with beans, rice, greens, and a flavorful sauce?

Inspired by a bowl from Prasad in Portland, we made a delicious gluten-free and plant-based Buddha bowl from simple ingredients.

How to Make a Buddha Bowl

We’re not sure where the term Buddha Bowl originated, and there doesn’t seem to be any set of rules for how to make one.

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Recipe | Sweet Potato & Kale Wraps

Originally these were going to be burritos. Having never wrapped burritos before, they turned out a little flat. I was hoping no one would notice, but as soon as I gave my husband his, he was all, “This doesn’t look like a burrito at all! B…

Originally these were going to be burritos. Having never wrapped burritos before, they turned out a little flat. I was hoping no one would notice, but as soon as I gave my husband his, he was all, “This doesn’t look like a burrito at all! Burritos are round!” So I decided rather than making them again, I’d just call them Sweet Potato & Kale Wraps. I’m lazy like that. These wraps were inspired by a recipe for Portuguese Burritos by MomFoodie. She had mentioned that she felt they were lacking something, so I decided to add a crapload of stuff to the burritos to add flavor. I didn’t want to add cheese, but I needed something to help bind the burrito together, hence the mashed sweet potatoes. I added black beans too and to replicate that smoky flavor the beans have at Mexican restaurants, I added a little smoked Spanish paprika to them. Caramelized onions clearly make everything better, so those went in too. I guess I kind of used a “throw enough things at the wall and eventually something will stick” approach to these burritos wraps. Luckily everything did stick, and although they might sound a little bit weird, […]

Creamy, Comforting Rice Pudding That Just Happens to Be Dairy-Free

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. Psst—we don’t count water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (specifically, 1/2 cup or less of olive oil, vegetable oil, and butte…

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. Psst—we don't count water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (specifically, 1/2 cup or less of olive oil, vegetable oil, and butter), since we're guessing you have those covered. Today, we're making rice pudding with two pantry staples.


Photo by Bobbi Lin. Prop Stylist: Brooke Deonarine. Food Stylist: Anna Billingskog.

There’s a lot to disagree about when it comes to rice pudding. Short-grain or long? Raisins or nah? Baked or stovetop? Super sweet or barely so? Any spices? And what about eggs? I bet you and I have a different answer or three.

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Edamame Burgers with Grilled Pineapple & Crispy Green Onions

A few years ago, I thought it was a good idea to go to school full-time while working full-time as a librarian and almost full-time doing contract work for a search engine. (In case you now think I live in an alternate universe with 36 hour days, you s…

A few years ago, I thought it was a good idea to go to school full-time while working full-time as a librarian and almost full-time doing contract work for a search engine. (In case you now think I live in an alternate universe with 36 hour days, you should know that both my classes and my second job were online.) I just wanted work experience! I was in a competitive field! Also, if you have two full-time jobs, if you lose one, guess what? YOU STILL HAVE A JOB! While the schedule was just a wee bit of a drag, the bonus was that having 3 full-time incomes in a household with no children and very few expenses meant that our fun money budget was huge. So when I checked airfares to Osaka on a whim one day and found a crazy good deal, we booked ourselves some tickets and went to Japan. Japan! Best trip ever! I have loved Japan for as long as I can remember. I think it’s because I love absurdity and the people of Japan have a deep appreciation for the absurd. Japan is a place where you can buy vegetable juice-flavored Kit Kats. It’s […]

Crispy Miso Chickpea Bowls with Garlic Sesame Dressing

When making our new Garlic Ginger Tahini Miso Dressing I started craving a dish to put it on, and my mind automatically went to a grain bowl with chickpeas and an Asian twist.
So, after testing a few variations I came up with this beautiful Crispy Mis…

Crispy Miso Chickpea Bowls with Garlic Sesame Dressing

When making our new Garlic Ginger Tahini Miso Dressing I started craving a dish to put it on, and my mind automatically went to a grain bowl with chickpeas and an Asian twist.

So, after testing a few variations I came up with this beautiful Crispy Miso Chickpea Bowl with brown rice, fresh veggies, and a saucy garlic sesame marinade. When added, the Tahini Miso Dressing elevates it to the next level, but it is optional.

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