It’s been a long time since I’ve posted on here!
Work and personal life have admittedly been hectic the past few weeks, and the craziness that usually ensues around the holidays doesn’t help matters any. It’s hard being in grad school, you guys! When constantly working approximately 10-hour days mostly spent in lab and the occasional class or seminar, it’s really challenging to find time to prioritize anything else. And if I do end up giving myself a little grace to leave work before 7 on weekdays or to not worry about the fact that I didn’t work out even if it was not a designated rest day .. I still end up feeling a little guilty. It’s definitely a constant work in progress, but I honestly would not have it any other way. I love what I do when I’m learning/working/being nerdy and even if there’s a constant need to re-assess my priorities and find that long, sought after “balance” – it’s all worth it. Chalk it up to personal growth and let’s call it a win.
So anyway! This bowl. I think I’m in loveeee, you guys (Sorry, S). It’s like a warm, cozy hug that I don’t ever want to end. It’s absolutely perfect for nights when all you want to do is come home and not worry about a single thing as this recipe is extremely meal-prep friendly. One-pot meals with minimal preparation are no-brainers, especially when it’s cold and gloomy outside.
I hope you like this dish! It’s
filled with comforting spices
the quickest “chilli” you’ll ever make
great for meal prep
& ideal for chilly nights!
For days when you’re in the mood for a “cheat” meal but don’t quite want to go all out, this is definitely a delicious, much healthier option. It’s sometimes hard to believe how meals that are filled with great nutrients and wholesome ingredients can still make you feel like you’re indulging – but without all the added junk, heartburn, and guilt! This is pretty much my go-to whenever I am craving loaded nachos – believe you me, it definitely hits the spot. That GoVeggie cheese is definitely what sends it over the top!
And truth be told, I have it year-round! It makes its way into my meal prep rotation almost every week .. it’s just that good.
TURKEY AND BLACK BEANS NACHO BOWL
Wholesome, nutritious, and a healthier alternative to loaded nachos!
- 1lb ground turkey (I like the 90-93% lean kind)*
- One 15-0z can black beans
- 1 cup corn
- One 10-oz can Rotel *
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- 1 tsp of the following spices: oregano, cumin, turmeric, smoked paprika
- 1/2 cup GoVeggie cheddar shreds
- 1/2 medium onion, diced
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 3-4 flour tortillas
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Toppings (optional but highly recommended!): Avocado, greek yogurt (in lieu of sour cream), salsa, cilantro, diced jalapenos, GoVeggie cheddar shreds
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Add the onions, garlic, ground turkey, corn, black beans, Rotel,salt and pepper, and spices to a 9×13 baking dish and mix well. You’re not looking to fully break up or mince the ground turkey; we’re just making sure that everything is well distributed.
- Bake at 350F for 25 minutes. Take it out of the oven. The turkey should be almost completely cooked by this point (a little pink is okay!). Use a wooden spoon or spatula to break up the turkey into bite-sized chunks. Mix everything once again and place back in the oven for another 20 minutes.
- 10 minutes before the turkey is done, cut up the tortillas into triangles to make nachos and place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes, flipping them halfway once they start to crisp up.
- Take the tortilla chips out and allow them to cool. In the last few minutes, add the GoVeggie cheddar shreds to the turkey mixture to allow the cheese to melt.
- Assemble the bowls! Add as many or as few toppings as you please and then give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.
*Ground beef or chicken would work great as an alternative to turkey. And if you’re vegetarian, feel free to replace this with red lentils or just omit entirely and double the amount of diced tomatoes and black beans. Regarding Rotel, I enjoy the one with green chillies but you can definitely forgo this and use diced tomatoes.