Category Archives: Nutritional Information

Burrito Bowls

For my first “healthy” recipe, I bring you burrito bowls.

I love this recipe for weekday lunches. ¬†I make a little extra on the weekend, and then I do not have to make lunch in the mornings – a win win for this girl who loves to get every extra minute of sleep in the morning ūüôā

Recipe

Ingredients

  • Quinoa – start with 1 cup uncooked – makes 3 cups cooked Quinoa (I usually use rice, but decided to try Quinoa for the first time – I liked it, Ryan is on the fence)
  • 1.25 pounds Ground Turkey (this is size that was on sale, ordinarily I would only use a pound)
  • 2 cans Diced Tomatoes and Chilies
  • 1 can Black Beans
  • 1 bag Frozen Corn, cooked (I use the steam in the bag variety)
  • Spices (cayenne pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, red pepper flake, etc.) to your liking

Steps

  1. Brown ground turkey.
  2. Add spices (I usually add a combination of chili powder, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes) and diced tomatoes and chilies to the
  3. Heat black beans, adding whatever seasoning you like 
  4. Now for assembly:
    1. 3/4 cup cooked quinoa
    2. 1/4 of the cooked ground turkey
    3. 1/4 of the black beans
    4. 1/4 of the corn
    5. Add cheese, sour cream, and salsa depending on your preference – for weekday lunches I do not add any toppings

Nutritional Information (per serving- these servings were on the large size)

  • Calories – 564
  • Carbohydrates – 66
  • Fat – 14
  • Protein – 42

Cost Information

Item Price Quantity Total
Quinoa 3.39 0.50 1.70
Ground Turkey 3.99 1.00 3.99
Roundy’s Diced Tomatoes and Chiles 0.69 2.00 1.38
Roundy’s Black Beans 0.79 1.00 0.79
Corn 1.00 1.00 1.00
       
Total     8.86
Servings 4.00    
Total Per Serving     2.21

And now for a Comparison of sorts:

A Qdoba Burrito bowl with ground beef, rice, black beans, and pico de gallo costs at least $6.00 and has the following nutritional information:

  • Calories – 580
  • Carbohydrates – 65
  • Fat – 20
  • Protein – 34
So, I ask you, is what I made “healthy,” what would you do to make it healthier, would you eat it or would you got to Qdoba?
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Baked Rigatoni – Nutritional Information

For New Year’s Eve, I made Baked Rigatoni, and I attempted to make it on the healthy side.

Here is the basic nutritional information (assuming 16 servings), so you can judge for yourself.  Next time, I think I will make all Chicken Meatballs instead of Chicken and Pork, leave the sausage out of the sauce, add more peppers, and mix in some fresh spinach.  I may be pushing my luck with Ryan and his dislike of vegetables, but I think he can handle it.

 

Per Serving

  • Calories = 482
  • Carbs = 38
  • Fat = 23
  • Protein = 30

 

I thought the serving size was more than enough, especially because we served it with a vegetable.  Also, we use full-fat products (so, no reduced fat cheese).  For some reason, it works out better for us to eat smaller servings of the full fat products and larger servings of reduce fat Рto each their own.  Also, I do not love whole wheat pasta Рbut I am thinking about trying this as a mix of either whole wheat pasta and regular or spinach pasta and regular.  We shall see.  The glory of any good recipe is that it can always be tweaked.

And a picture for good measure

 

 

Yummmy!!! Ryan's newest favorite recipe - Baked Rigatoni!

Yummmy!!! Ryan’s newest favorite recipe – Baked Rigatoni!

 

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