Americans now eat about 50% of their food prepared outside of the home - whether that be eating out or buying food that is packaged. Clearly we are looking for food that is easy, convenient, and time-saving. The problem with eating this percentage of food prepared by others is that we have very little control about the quantity and quality of the ingredients. We end up eating food that is high in fat, sodium, and calories and low in fiber and nutrients.
The solution is to prepare more of our foods in our own kitchens. There are many recipes that meet the criteria we are all looking for - ease, convenience, and quick. Below is a favorite of mine that also happens to be high in fiber and nutrients. This recipe works well for breakfast, as in a breakfast burrito, lunch, or dinner. Vary it up by making it into burritos, quesadillas, omelettes, or salad bowls.
1 red pepper, chopped in 1" pcs.
1 green pepper, chopped in 1" pcs.
1 medium onion, chopped in 1" pcs.
1 garlic clove, minced
1-2 cups cooked brown rice (I often cook this in advance for another meal and freeze it in 1-cup portions)
fresh parsley or cilantro, chopped
1 jar organic salsa
1 can black beans, rinsed well
hot sauce, if desired
Saute the peppers, onions, and garlic in a skillet with a bit of water, which eliminates the need for added fat, until vegetables are slightly soft. Add rice, salsa, beans, and parsley. Mix well. Store for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Use in any of the suggestions above. As an option, add cooked chicken, shrimp, and/or avocado.