In honor of the upcoming Cinco De Mayo, I decided to share with you a recipe that has a bit of Mexican flare to it. This burrito bowl is quick to make (especially if you already have brown rice prepared) and light to eat. It has healthy carbs, fats and proteins for a well-balanced meal.
Ready for my next post on Belize? If you missed the first one, you can check it out here. This one is about my adventure getting to the Belizean Dreams Resort. Getting to and from Belize gave me some new experiences with flying to say the least. When I got to Belize International Airport, I had to take a short trip via airplane to Hopkins Village. The person I was with was suppose to meet me at the airport, but they were very very delayed. SO, I was on my own. I wasn’t sure how I was suppose to get on the puddle jumper since all I had was a confirmation email. So, I went up to the desk with the airlines and asked them what I was supposed to do. (NOTE: In case you are wondering, Belize is the only country in Central America to have English as their primary language). He asked for my name and then flicked through a small stack of papers. Then, he goes, “Yep, I’ve got you here.” and writes a boarding time on my pass.
Definitely the most interesting boarding pass I had ever gotten (or so I thought at the time), but laughed and went on my way. Then, when we were boarding we approach our plane and it’s one of the tiny planes!
Up in the air we got a great view of the coast.
The very short landing strip I wasn’t so sure about, but we made it just fine.
When I landed, a guy came up to me and asked me if I was me and told me he was there to take me to the resort. I wasn’t so sure about this either, but I asked what resort he was from and he gave me the correct answer so I went with him. Along the way he was like, “So I hear you really interested in food and like to eat.” Then, proceeded to name some other true facts.
was just like…”Yeah, I mean that’s certainly true…?” In my mind I was like, “UHHH how does he know all these things about me?!?” However , obviously he did take me to the correct place and I made it safely. Still not certain how he knew these things, but oh well. Haha.
TRAVELER’S TIP: NEVER GET INTO A CAR WITH SOME ONE YOU DON’T KNOW BEFORE AT LEAST GETTING SOME MORE INFORMATION EVEN IF THEY TELL YOU THEY ARE THERE TO TAKE YOU TO YOUR HOTEL. Double check them to make sure you are being careful. One way to do this is to not disclose your final destination. Rather ask them where they are taking you. If they don’t know, then don’t go with that person. You could also ask to see ID, look for resort logos on their person/vehicle.
Anyway, the staff there does try to make an effort to get to know you on a personal level which is nice. They quickly learn your name and use it throughout your stay. They also learned some of my quirks and quietly planned for my needs. Yes, Belizean Dreams, I did notice that after a couple days you gave me a larger glass than anyone else and started leaving pitchers of water on the table next to me to better keep up with my water needs. They were probably tired of continuously needing to refill my water glass. Lol.
Oh well, I think this post is long enough. Stay tuned for a very ridiculous story in my next Belize post that happened on day 1. It’s incredibly embarrassing, but also quite hilarious so I’ll share it with you. In the meantime, check out this Tilapia Bean Burrito Bowl that I’m sharing with you today. If fish tacos are more your thing, check out my Clean and Light Fish Taco recipe here.
Kickin' Tilapia Bean Burrito Bowl [Clean]
- 1/4 cup brown rice cooked
- 1 tilapia filet
- 1/4 cup tomatoes diced
- 3 T black beans
- 1/2 t lime juice
- 1 T cheddar cheese/Mexican Cheese blend
- taco seasoning
- hot sauce
If you do not already have your brown rice cooked, then start by preparing the rice as directed
Heat your grill, george foreman, pan to prepare to cook the fish (I used my george foreman)
Meanwhile, take your tilapia filet and rub taco seasoning over both sides
Place on the grill and cook until it flakes (for my George Foreman ~ 7 minutes)
As that is cooking, and the rice is done drain the rice and place the tomatoes, beans, taco seasoning and hot sauce to taste and cheese in the pot with the rice to heat and mix.
Slice the fish into bite sized pieces once cooked through and mix in with the other bowl ingredients.
Top with lime, eat and enjoy!
This recipe is easily expanded to have as many servings as needed!
There are a lot of options to cook the fish. Please let me know if you have questions! I find a George foreman grill is super easy, but you can cook the fish in any way that you would like be that on an actual grill, on a pan, or even in the oven.
The hot sauce and taco seasoning can be to taste which is why I didn't recommend a certain amount. I LOVE hot sauce and douse my food in it, but if that's not for you then no worries! Leave it out. The same with the taco seasoning.
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