Monday, March 25, 2013

Burrito Bowls

I recently had a request from someone who made me think of the me from ten years ago.  Back then I had two little boys and was teaching middle school.  I often spent Sunday afternoons chopping and prepping and my crock pot was in service all the time.  So for the next couple weeks, I'm going to share some crock pot and 30-minute dinner ideas.
This week, I am going to show you how to make one of my son's favorites... Burrito Bowls that are a knock-off of Chipotle's Burrito Bowls.  So the super easy way to do this is to buy a rotisserie chicken and used canned black beans.  But since, I haven't found anyone who does an organic rotisserie chicken, I make mine in a crock pot.
So the first step to making the rotisserie chicken is to slice a large onion and cover the bottom of the crock pot with it (this prevents the chicken from sticking to the bottom of the crock pot).  Then set a whole chicken on top of the onions.  Rub the chicken with your favorite seasonings and one or two cloves of minced garlic.  Set the crock pot to low and cook for 6 hours.

The other thing you may need to start in the morning is the rice.  For our Burrito Bowls, I use a copy cat version of Chipotle's Cilantro Lime Rice by Gina's Skinny Taste.  She uses the stove top but I do it in my rice cooker, especially on those days when I'm running around non-stop.  Just put all the ingredients from the recipe into your rice pot, stir a few times, and set it on delay timer (if it has one).

For the burrito bowls, you really only need rice, black beans, and shredded chicken.  We like a mix of flavors for our palates so I always offer other add-ons.
Our blood type A's like to add avocado, corn, lettuce, and red onions.
My self and the other O's like to include jalapenos, lettuce, pico de gallo, and red onions.  We sometimes also serve them with shredded mozzarella cheese.

I like to put everything out on the table so everyone can build their own bowls.  The younger boys prefer to use tortillas and make burritos out of theirs.  This is definitely a favorite in our house!


Burrito Bowls Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Rotisserie Chicken (see below for crock pot version)
  • 3-4 cups of black beans
  • Chipotle's Cilantro Lime Rice
  • other toppings of your choice:
    • suggestions for Type A's:  lettuce, onions, corn, avocado, mozzarella, sour cream
    • suggestions for Type O's:  lettuce, onions, jalapenos, pico de gallo (or tomatoes), mozzarella

Directions:

  1. Cook Cilantro Lime Rice according to the recipe directions.
  2. Heat black beans.
  3. Shred the rotisserie chicken.
  4. Build the bowls with rice, black beans, chicken, and other toppings of choice. 

Crock Pot Organic Rotisserie Chicken Recipe

Ingredients:

  • whole organic chicken
  • large onion
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic minced
  • salt and pepper
  • other seasonings of choice
  • 2-3 sprigs of rosemary

Directions:

  1. Slice onion.  Cover bottom of crock pot with the onion slices.
  2. Place chicken on top of layer of onions.  Rub chicken with garlic and seasonings.  Top with rosemary and cook at low for 6 hours. 
You May Also Like:
Cilantro Lime Dressing
GF Pizza for All Blood Types 
Crock Pot Pineapple Chicken


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    Monday, March 18, 2013

    Cilantro Lime Dressing for Type A's and O's

    Salad dressings can be a bit challenging because so many use vinegar or dairy.  I have experimented with a few and my favorite is a Cilantro Lime Dressing.  I also created two variations of this recipe that require only a single simple step to make the dressings even more tailored to our specific blood types.  For O's, I have a spicy version with jalapenos and for A's and type O non-secretors, I have a creamy version that uses avocado.

    The basic recipe uses olive oil, honey (substitute agave if you're
    a type O non-secretor), cilantro, limes, garlic, ginger, and sea salt.
    Combine all ingredients in a small blender.  I have a Blendtecthat I use almost
    daily but my Magic Bulletis perfect for small volumes like dressings and sauces.
     Blend all the ingredients for 30 to 40 seconds.  You now have a
    Cilantro Lime Dressing to enjoy on a salad or over chicken.
    At this point, I like to split the dressing into half.  To give it a little kick, I add 
    a single jalapeno for type O's (add 2 jalapenos if you're using the full recipe).
    For blood type A's and type O non-secretors, I add half an avocado (use a 
    whole one if you're not halving the recipe) to give it a creamy consistency.  
    And if you're an O non-secretor, you can add both avocados and jalapenos!
    Now enjoy!  My favorite way is poured over a chicken salad!

    Cilantro Lime Salad Dressing Recipe

    for Blood Types O and A

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 1/2 cup honey (substitute 1/4 cup of agavefor type O non-secretors)
    • 1/2 cup lime juice 
    • 1/2 cup cilantro
    • 1 clove garlic (minced)
    • jalapenos (optional for blood type O)
    • avocado (optional for blood type A and type O non-secretors)

    Directions 

    Add all ingredients in a blender and blend for 30 to 40 seconds.  Serve over a salad, chicken, or fish.


    Disclaimers:  Like many of my posts, this post contains Amazon affiliate links.  I have turned to purchasing more and more through Amazon since starting the blood type diet.  I have decided to use them as an affiliate site because I trust them and find they can deliver on many of my special shopping needs. 

    Monday, March 11, 2013

    GF Pizza for All Blood Types

    The hardest thing for me to give up on the blood type diet was pizza.  No matter how many months go by, I still miss it so.  I've tried just about every gluten free pizza there is and find they taste like cardboard.  Plus most are still cheats anyway.  So after much experimenting, I think I finally have a keeper.


    Ingredients:

    • 1 1/2 cups rice flour
    • 1/3 cup green bean starch
    • 2/3 cup ground flax seed
    • 2 1/2 tsp dry active yeast
    • 1 tsp sea salt
    • 1 Tbls sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 Tbls olive oil
    • 1 cup warm water (about 100°F)

    Directions:

    1. In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients and sift.
    2. In a small bowl, add yeast to warm water.  Let stand for 2 minutes.
    3. Beat eggs and olive oil into warm water.
    4. Add water mix to the dry mix and combine with a fork.  As it gets more difficult to mix, wet hands and knead mixture until well combined (it is really important that your hands stay wet or the dough will stick to your hands).  The dough is going to seem too wet.  It should be this way.
    5. Ball the dough as best as you can.  Cover the dough and let rise for at least 30 minutes.
    6. Using wet hands, spread dough onto a lightly oiled pizza pan or cookie sheet.  You will have to rewet your hands several times.  
    7. Bake the dough for 7 minutes at 425°F.
    8. Remove dough from oven and cover with your favorite toppings.  Return to oven and bake for another 15 to 18 minutes.
     If you've never heard of green bean starch,arrowroot flour might work in its place.  I buy it at an Asian market but I have also found it on Amazon.Hope you enjoy this pizza as much as we do!



    Disclaimers:  Like many of my posts, this post contains Amazon affiliate links.  I have turned to purchasing more and more through Amazon since starting the blood type diet.  I have decided to use them as an affiliate site because I trust them and find they can deliver on many of my special shopping needs.

    Monday, March 4, 2013

    A Bubble Gum Celebration

    Did you know that the second week of March is National Bubble Gum week? I just found out and thought we'd celebrate it in our house. So while we're thinking gum, I thought I'd highlight some of the gums that are better choices for blood type O's and A's. I don't think there is a gum on the market that is allowed on the blood type diet but if you're going to chew gum, these ones are gluten-free, dairy-free, dye-free, and/or naturally sweetened.

     
    This a great kid choice, especially for A's (a caution to O's, it does have corn syrup). This all natural bubble gum comes in orange, mandarin, tangerine, cinnamon, lemon and peppermint flavors and works perfectly in our home gum ball machine. The best part is, there are no artificial dyes or colors.

    All Glee Gums are vegetarian, non-GMO, dairy free, wheat free, gluten free, egg free, yeast free, nut free, and soy free. The sugar- free gums are also corn free.  Some of the flavors they make are Bubblegum,Triple Berry,Lemon-Lime,Spearmint,and Peppermint.

    We haven't actually tried this one but it has great reviews on Amazon. Some of their flavors are Spearmint,Peppermint Cinnamon,and Fruit.  Their gums are gluten free, wheat free, and corn free.

     

     



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