Build Your Own Burrito Bowl

DIY Burrito Bowls

Lately, I’ve been way into burrito bowls.

Crunchy lettuce, fresh tomatoes, avocado, beans… need I say more?

Up until now, I’ve left it to the professionals. I don’t know how it took me 23 years to realize that personal burrito bowl assembly was not only within my realm of possibilities, but also incredibly easy!

Not to mention, burrito bowls are a total crowd-pleaser.

Just prepare the bits and bobs and allow everyone to assemble their own! My personal favourite ingredients:

  • baked sweet potato (sliced, bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes in olive oil)
  • black beans
  • corn
  • cherry tomatoes
  • avocado (or make your own guac if you’re feeling industrious!)
  • refried beans
  • rice (perfect use of leftovers)
  • sauteed bell peppers + onion, with low-sodium taco seasoning
  • organic salsa
  • chopped lettuce
  • Daiya cheese

DIY Burrito Bowls

You’re sure to have plenty of leftovers for packed-lunches. You can even shake it up by wrapping the same ingredients in a tortilla or in lettuce leaves.

Lettuce know how it goes!

–Laura


 

The Ridiculously Easy Trick to Removing Labels

The Easiest Way To Remove Labels

By the end of this page, you will be a label-removal WIZARD.

I’m about to share with you the easiest method to get those labels off without having to resort to scrubbing off wet sticky bits of paper!

I love re-purposing jars. I use them for storing things like hemp, goji berries, cacao, and lentils — or I use them to carry around leftovers and green smoothies.

The Easiest Way To Remove Labels

What you’ll need

  • a jar!
  • boiled water (enough to fill the jar above the label)
  • baking soda
  • white vinegar

Step 1: Carefully pour the boiling water into your jar, making sure to keep the label dry. Make sure to fill your jar above the label and wait a few seconds for the water to melt the adhesive from the inside.

The Easiest Way To Remove Labels

Step 2: Holding on to a corner of the label, peel the label off your jar. It should peel right off!

The Easiest Way To Remove Labels

Some labels will leave behind more glue than others. If your label leaves behind a residue, you’ll need to use your baking soda and vinegar.

Step 3: Holding the jar over the sink, sprinkle some baking soda on top and give it a squirt of vinegar. Having your vinegar in a spray bottle will make this really easy (you can even use it to clean the rest of your kitchen). Scrub everything off with a sponge or cloth that you wouldn’t mind getting a little gluey.

The Easiest Way To Remove Labels

Rinse off your jar aaaaand you’re done!

The Easiest Way To Remove Labels

Perfect right?

What are you going to use your new-found label wizardry for? Let us know here or on twitter @GreenGuineaPigs

–Laura

Three 5-Minute Breakfasts for Kickbutt Mornings

I love breakfast to the point where it’s practically motivation for me to get out of bed. Even if there’s no time to make something like a tofu scramble burrito or juicer pulp muffins, I always make sure to get something tasty in me before heading out the door.

It drives me nuts when people skip breakfast because they “don’t have time”. Have you ever tried starting a road trip with an empty gas tank? Start eating breakfast and I promise that you’ll notice a difference in your day.

Whether your prefer your sandwich on a plate, in a bowl, or in a glass, here are 3 breakfast ideas that take 5 minutes or less to whip up:

The Elvis Sandwich

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Assemble this sandwich layered with

  • peanut butter
  • sliced banana
  • sliced apple
  • honey (if you eat honey)
  • two pieces of your favourite bread (mine’s Ezekiel — available in the frozen section of most grocery stores)

Melt coconut oil (or Earth Balance or anything non-stick) in a frying pan and fry your sandwich for 2 minutes on each side.

The Superfood Bowl

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The bowl is one of my favourites because you can use whatever you have on hand. Start off your bowl with

  • Your favourite base (think: leftover rice, quinoa, granola, cereal, etc.)
  • Your favourite milk (I prefer almond or soy)

Then just grab your favourite add-ins. Mine are:

  • peanut butter (high in protein)
  • nuts (high in protein)
  • chia seeds (high in Omega-3s)
  • hemp hearts (high in protein and essential fats)
  • assorted fruits
  • goji berries (high in anti-oxidants)
  • cacao nibs (for magnesium, fiber, iron, and anti-oxidants… and a chocolate-y kick)

The Green Monster

rockie 002Steph and I have discussed our love of green monsters before — in fact, I’ve gotten my whole family hooked! My favourite green smoothie for when I’m half-asleep is:

  • a banana
  • almond milk
  • a handful of spinach
  • a spoonful of peanut butter
  • (+ some optional guest appearances from protein powder, chia seeds, and frozen berries)

I love this guide to incredible smoothies. It even has a checklist for different liquid bases, fruits, superfoods, and vegetables to try! Currently, I use a Blendtec for all of my smoothies.

If you’re really in a rush, you can always pour your smoothie into something with a lid.

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And there you have it! 3 super fast breakfast ideas that should fuel you until lunch. What are your favourite go-to morning meals?

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