Fiesta Bowl & Guacamole

A huge reason behind the existence of Kailee in the Kitchen stems from my recurring discovery of how easy it is to make healthy, delicious food. I wanted a place to document the things I eat in hopes to show other how easy and beneficial it is to eat healthy, so here we are!

Throughout high school, I was pretty convinced that cooking homemade meals was a lengthy process that my tired, post-school/dance self could not fit into my schedule. Silly me!!! I used to think making healthy food wasn't worth dedicating an extra few minutes and suffered the consequence of eating food that didn't truly make me feel all that great. Being someone who was so active and on-the-go, my go-to was often times fast food, microwavable meals, or (and I actually kid you not) a straight up ~fat~ bowl of ice cream. When our bodies are hungry, we search for food that is easily ready and fills us up. I searched for food that was calorically-dense as opposed to nutrient-dense because it was easier to access. This led me to lots of stomach aches and bad habits.

Thankfully, as I began my life as a part-time employee and full-time university student, I realized how much of my money was being fed to my aching stomach. Despite my wanting to feel good and save money, my breaks in between classes often had me waiting in line at one of the convenient stores on campus, purchasing a "healthy" protein bar (lies), a bag of chips, or the beloved Chinese fast-food joint that could give me orange chicken and rice in a matter of seconds. The money adds up! Plus, each time I made the decision to wait in line and hand over my money in exchange for these cheap, no-good foods, I chose to neglect my physical and mental needs. This revelation led me down a path of falling in love with the extra time it takes me to make my own meals and snacks in my own kitchen. In turn, not only did I have the power over the food I ate, I actually felt good after eating the meals I quickly created. My stomach didn't hurt from all the sodium or dairy I was consuming, my brain felt good about knowing how good my body felt. My growing into a health-chasing eater wasn't because I disliked my body and wanted to look better, it was because I knew my body deserved better... needed better.

It's time to join the healthy fiesta!!! Here's my take on a burrito bowl:

Fiesta Bowl

Things I used:

  • Black beans: If you're buying these canned like I did (hello, convenience), take into account what you're buying. It takes but a few seconds to turn the can around and check the ingredient list. If the can has anything other than black beans, pick up a new can. Also, look for low/no sodium content.

  • Cauliflower rice: If you don't have the time or energy to toss some cauli into the blender and make your own, you can buy an already-riced bag at the grocery store (again, convenience). I'm an advocate for cauliflower rice in place of rice only because I love cauliflower rice, not because I don't also love normal rice. Feel free to use rice!!!

  • Fresh tomato

  • Bell peppers

  • Homemade guac (lots and lots and lots of homemade guac)

  • + not pictured, but a later addition that brought the party with it, Melissa's Hatch Salsa

    • Also, sometimes my dad will buy pre-marinated taco chicken breast from the market that I'll throw in here if it's in my fridge!

Things I used in the guacamole:

  • Fresh, ripe avocado

  • Chopped Heirloom tomatoes

  • Chopped green onion

  • Squeezed lime

  • Onion powder

  • Cumin

  • Chili flakes

    • The amount of ingredients are all up to your taste preference. I like my guac to be more powerful, so I tend to use more lime and spice.

Here's my advice to you: eat healthy because you deserve to be healthy. You'll see the benefits sooner than later, and I promise... it's worth fiesta-ing over!