Burrito bowls make a delicious lunch to prepare ahead of time.  They are full of flavor and nutrients!  If you love the burrito bowls at Chipotle, this will be a healthier alternative to meal prep.  Try this recipe for Easy Healthy Burrito Bowls with Cauliflower Rice if you are looking for something easy, delicious, and healthy for lunch!

easy healthy burrito bowls with black beans, tomatoes, corn, ground turkey and slice of lime on top

Ingredients for Easy Healthy Burrito Bowls

  • Ground Turkey – Using lean ground turkey makes this a great high-protein meal!  You can also substitute lean ground chicken or beef. 
  • Cauliflower Rice – A great low carb option, I like to buy frozen cauliflower rice so all you have to do is heat it in a pan or microwave.
  • Spices – The spices included in this recipe such as chili powder, garlic and onion powder, oregano, paprika, cumin create delicious flavors
  • Black Beans – These delicious beans add loads of fiber and nutrients
  • Pico de gallo – I love pico de gallo! And it adds tons of flavor.  Make your own or buy premade at the grocery store!
  • Corn – Corn adds color and nutrients to this delicious dish

How to Make Easy Healthy Burrito Bowls

First, prepare cauliflower rice according to directions on the package, then set it aside.

Also, cook frozen corn according to package and also heat black beans in a separate small saucepan. Set aside the corn and black beans.

Next, heat olive oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat.  Add ground turkey, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, onion powder, and paprika—season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cook the turkey until it is browned, about 5 minutes. Make sure to crumble it as it cooks.  Drain excess fat, if needed.

browning ground turkey in a nonstick skillet for easy healthy burrito bowls

To make homemade pico de gallo, mix in a bowl:  2 chopped Roma tomatoes, ¼ cup of diced red onion, 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro, and juice of 1 lime and salt to taste.

easy healthy burrito bowls, chopped tomatoes, red onion, and cilantro in a bowl

Then, take cauliflower rice and spread it on the bottom of the meal prep container, dividing evenly. Then add ground turkey, black beans, corn, and pico de gallo. 

Top with lime juice and additional ingredients for added flavor, such as your favorite salsa, guacamole, cilantro, or chopped avocado. Enjoy!

easy healthy burrito bowls, black beans, tomatoes, corn, ground turkey with a slice of lime on top

Nutritional Benefits of Easy Healthy Burrito Bowls

The best nutritional benefit of these easy healthy burrito bowls is the variety of ingredients.  From the variety of vegetables to the delicious seasonings, variety means there is a ton of healthy nutrients. In addition, each ingredient provides its own unique set of vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients, helping you get the essential nutrients your body needs daily.

Black Beans

Black beans have amazing nutritional benefits!  They are legumes that are edible seeds of a plant.  Black beans are high in protein, with 7.6 grams of protein in ½ cup of cooked beans.  And, they are high in fiber, with 7.5 grams of fiber.  Because they are high in protein and fiber, they help to keep you full longer.

Black beans also are a great source of minerals that keep your bones strong such as iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, and zinc! They also contain antioxidants, quercetin, and saponins, which help to protect the heart.

Turkey

Using ground turkey in this recipe also adds amazing nutrients.  Turkey is a great source of protein and an excellent source of vitamins.  61% of the Daily Value (DV) for niacin, 49% for vitamin B6, and 29% for vitamin B12! Turkey is also an excellent source of minerals such as selenium and phosphorus. 

The protein in turkey helps to promote muscle growth and maintenance.  And when consuming turkey as part of a high protein diet, turkey can promote weight loss by helping you to stay full longer.  Substituting turkey in place of red meat can also be a healthy switch to help you limit fat and cholesterol intake. 

Corn

Corn is a whole grain and is a good source of fiber and nutrients. In addition, it has a higher amount of antioxidants than other common cereal grains such as lutein.  Lutein helps by protecting your eyes from oxidative damage. 

Cauliflower

The cauliflower rice in this recipe provides a lower calorie alternative to rice with only 25 calories in 1 cup than 206 calories in 1 cup of white rice!   Cauliflower also has amazing nutrients such as vitamin C and vitamin K. It is also a good source of folate and vitamin B6.

Cumin

Cumin is an earthy, nutty spice that has been commonly used in Mediterranean and Southwest Asian cuisines.  It has also been used in traditional medicine and has shown health benefits such as promoting digestion.  Cumin increases the activity of digestive enzymes, which can speed up digestion.  It also increases the release of bile which helps to digest fats.  It is so amazing to get amazing health benefits just by adding spices!

Recipe adapted from Damn Delicious


Tips

  • Using pre-made pico de gallo and cauliflower rice is a time-saver, but you can definitely make your own if you prefer.
  • If making this meal ahead of time, you can store this in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.  I recommend reheating before eating. But you can eat it cold if you prefer.

Be sure to take pictures of your Easy Healthy Burrito Bowls with Cauliflower Rice masterpiece and tag @noshnourishwander on Instagram if you make this recipe!  Also, pin this recipe to your Pinterest board!

What other ingredients would you add to your Easy Healthy Burrito Bowls?   Leave your answers in the comments below! Also, be sure to leave a rating and comment about the recipe! Thank you!

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easy healthy burrito bowl with black beans, tomatoes, cauliflower rice, corn, and ground turkey

Easy Healthy Burrito Bowls with Cauliflower Rice

Veronica Thompson
Try this recipe if you are looking for something easy, delicious, and healthy for lunch!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 384 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pkg (12 oz) frozen or fresh cauliflower rice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 can (15-ounce) black beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups frozen corn

Pico de Gallo

  • 2 Roma or plum tomatoes chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced
  • 2 tbsp cilantro chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Prepare cauliflower rice according to directions on the package, then set aside.
  • Then, cook frozen corn according to the package and heat black beans in a small separate saucepan. Set aside corn and black beans.
  • Next, heat olive oil in a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Add ground turkey, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, onion powder, and paprika. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cook the ground turkey until is browned, about 5 minutes. Make sure to crumble it as it cooks. Drain excess fat, if needed.
  • Prepare homemade pico de gallo. Mix ingredients for pico de gallo in a bowl and set aside.
  • Now it is time to assemble the burrito bowl! Take the cauliflower rice and spread it on the bottom of the meal prep container or bowl, dividing it evenly. Then add ground turkey, black beans, corn, and pico de gallo.
  • Top your burrito bowl with lime juice and additional ingredients such as your favorite salsa, guacamole, cilantro, or chopped avocado. Enjoy!

Notes

Tips
  • Using pre-made pico de gallo and cauliflower rice is a time saver.  But you can definitely make your own if you prefer. 
  • If making this meal ahead of time, you can store this in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. I recommend reheating before eating.  But you can eat it cold if you prefer. 
Nutritional Information: per serving
384 calories, 33.1 grams of protein, 13.1 grams of fat, 41.8 grams of carbohydrates, 9.5 grams of fiber
Keyword easy, low carb, meal prep, turkey
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Dietitian, food lover, and world traveler! Veronica has been a registered dietitian for over 18 years, specializing in clinical and community nutrition. She enjoys wellness, trying new foods, and exploring the globe to learn about different cultures.