Recipe: Quick & Easy Burrito Bowls

Recipe: Quick & Easy Burrito Bowls

Summary: This is my new go to recipe for those crazy busy nights! This is delicious, it’s real food and really quick! I buy pre chopped salads like coleslaw or beet slaw or a kale salad but just baby spinach would be great. I tend to buy pre made salsa instead of home making but it’s up to you. We tried this with white rice and we both thought the nuttiness of brown rice was much better. I love sour cream on my bowl & Mr Ask is into chicken. See, it’s all customizable to your own tastes!

  • 1 (250g) packet of 90 second brown rice
  • 2 (400g) tins black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 375g salsa of your choice
  • 4 spring onions, chopped
  • 300g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 200g salad leaves (I like a mix of kale, cabbage, broccoli & carrot, pre sliced)
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Sour cream, optional
  • Grated cheese, optional
  • Cold roast chicken pieces, optional
  1. Heat the rice according to the package directions and divide between two large serving bowls. Combine the salsa and the beans, microwave to warm if desired and divide between the two bowls.
  2. Continue to add the spring onions, cherry tomatoes, salad leaves and avocado, dividing between the two bowls.
  3. Add cheese or sour cream or roast chicken, as desired.

Have A Look Around My Book Launch! (As Promised, There’s Lots of Pics!)

Have A Look Around My Book Launch! (As Promised, There's Lots of Pics!)

Have A Look Around My Book Launch! (As Promised, There's Lots of Pics!)
I had a launch party for my book, The Girl’s Guide to Survival (buy a signed copy here) at Patritti Wines on Friday night! I know, I can hardly believe it either! It was a fabulous night and it seemed to go by in a minute. So many lovely friends and family turned up to help celebrate and the staff at Patritti Wines were marvelous. There are so many photos from the night, so warning – this post has a crazy number of pics! Grab yourself a drink and settle in….

Have A Look Around My Book Launch! (As Promised, There's Lots of Pics!)
The Decorations
Oh my, so much planning and pinning to Pinterest went into the decorating! There were so many things that didn’t end up happening but I love how it turned out. Outside, I went with simple, battery operated fairy lights from ebay and a blown up book cover, printed at Officeworks. The signs were just Kraft paper printed at home and stuck to blue scrapbook  card. I kept it simple and used empty wine bottles and wooden pegs covered in washi tape to display them. Black plastic tablecloths covered the trestle and we jazzed it up with gold stickers (ebay) and some homemade bunting.
Have A Look Around My Book Launch! (As Promised, There's Lots of Pics!)
The Food
Some say brownies don’t go with champagne but I think they’re wrong! I made 10 batches of my brownie recipe (which is also in the book) and asked Stef from Fun Cakes to make me some edible toppers. The brownies went over so well, quite a few were wrapped in napkins and stowed in handbags! I made 125 and not a single one was left. I found the wooden cutting boards, cheese knives and napkins at my local cheapy shop. We made a special trip to Costco for the cheese, crackers, pretzels and fruit. Got to have lemon lime or cucumber mint water, right?
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The Guest Book & Favours
My awesome guest book was a special order from Miss Megs Etsy shop. I adore it and she was such a breeze to work with. I gave out painted wooden spoons as party favours and they were a hit! I’ll have a post on how we painted them up soon.
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What I Wore
I really wanted to feel comfortable in my outfit. It had to be something that felt ‘me’. After hunting around, I found these adorable book print cotton/linen fabric panels on eBay  and knew I was going to make a half circle skirt. The pattern is so busy, I couldn’t imagine wearing a skirt like that with anything but black, so I decided black bias at the hem would help to ground it. Once I had that sorted, I saw the black & white alphabet stretch on Girl Charlee and decided to incorporate it into a tank top. It’s nice that it’s a skirt and a top, it means I can wear them again. I sensibly wore flats to set up and then changed into heels just as people arrived.
Have A Look Around My Book Launch! (As Promised, There's Lots of Pics!)
The lovely staff at Patritti were wonderful and I think Rachel was almost as nervous as I was! It was the perfect venue for a smaller gathering like this. I love their wines (the Brut bubbly is my perfect drop) and everyone else did too. In fact they opened their tills and sold a few dozen wines on the night. If you’re in Adelaide, you should check them out, they’re just a minute from Marion shops.
Have A Look Around My Book Launch! (As Promised, There's Lots of Pics!)
Have A Look Around My Book Launch! (As Promised, There's Lots of Pics!)Have A Look Around My Book Launch! (As Promised, There's Lots of Pics!)
I was amazed that people came out just for my little book! A huge thank you for coming and showing your support. There were some family & friends (Ma, Pa, Gran, Deb, Jen, Grub, Teresa & Dennis) who couldn’t make it due to difficult medical situations – I love you all & know you wanted to be there, I hope these pics make you feel as though you were. It was wonderful, surreal and made me feel like the whole book thing was a reality! I only wish I had more time to catch up with people because I spend most of my time signing books! Which was nerve wracking, like that horrible pressure to spell everything properly when you’re writing out a birthday card but worse.  It was so strange to write out a message and scrawl my name. I don’t know when it will start feeling right, at the moment I feel like I’m committing an act of vandalism! If you’d like me to vandalize a book for you, I will! Thank you all and I’m off to sleep for a week xxxx
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My Pledge – Me Made May 2015

My Pledge - Me Made May 2015

Long time readers will be familiar with Me-Made-May, a brilliant idea from Zoe who blogs over at So…Zo. Here’s a run down on what Me-Made-May is all about, from Zoe herself:

Me-Made-May’15 (#mmmay15 for social media interaction) is a challenge designed to encourage people who sew/knit/crochet/refashion/upcycle garments for themselves to actually wear and love them. The me-made and self-stitched challenges have been taking place for five years now and they work on both a personal and community level. The participants decide the specifics of their own challenge pledge, so that the month is appropriate and challenging for them. For example, a very common pledge is for a participant to aim to wear one self-stitched or refashioned garment each day for the duration of May 2015. The participants can also choose to document their challenge with daily photos (though this is in no way compulsory for taking part) and share them with other participants.

I have participated the last few years (see 2014 here) and I just get so much out of it! I’ve decided to stretch myself and up my pledge this year to two items but not just garments, accessories like hair clips, head scarves and shoe clips too.

 ‘I, Sarah of, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’15. I endeavour to wear/use two me made or refashioned items (garments,accessories,totes etc) each day for the duration of May 2015′

Me-Made-May always gives me so much to think about. Such as, why don’t I wear that? Why does nothing go with this? I totally need to make one of those. Why didn’t I think of this combo before? It’s such a good way to get a sense of your style and your wardrobe. I’m so looking forward to seeing what I find to wear this time. I’m not sure how I share it this year but I’m thinking daily FB posts and weekly blog post. Let me know what you think. If knit, sew or craft, there’s still time to sign up!