This post is sponsored by Chicken of the Sea
I fell in love with burritos and burrito bowls in my college town–and so did everyone else at UMass Amherst. Bueno y Sano was a phenomenon to all of us. Daniel got me into ordering the barbecue chicken burrito–with rice, black beans, grilled veggies, and chicken smothered in barbecue sauce. Two years ago, in the fall, Daniel and I took a road trip back to Amherst and stayed at a Howard Johnson not far from campus. On our last day of pretending we were 10 years younger than we were, I got the barbecue chicken burrito at Bueno and it was 2003 all over again.
The thing that stood out about the barbecue chicken burrito was that the chicken was sweet and just the subtlest bit smoky–so when I gave it a good smothering of salsa and set it on fire with hot sauce, the whole combination became sugar and spice–completely balanced to me.
In order to bring this goodness back into my life, but not mess with the original and all its nostalgia, I decided to spin it into a barbecue salmon burrito bowl.
To do that, I used a Chicken of the Sea Barbecue Flavored Salmon Pouch—which is maybe the most convenient way to eat salmon, brown rice, a mix of kale, onion, and red pepper sautéed with cumin, garlic powder, and chili powder, and a few burrito essentials: guacamole, pico de gallo, and a little nonfat greek yogurt to act as a good sour cream alternative. I left out the black beans and the cheese because we just simply don’t need them here–not for flavor or for fullness (the rice is whole grain, the veggies are full of filling fiber, and the salmon pouch has 13 grams of protein). Between the warm taco-seasoned veggies, the fresh flavor of pico, the brightness of cilantro and lime, and the mildly sweet barbecue salmon–every bite is a flavor buffet. You start to wonder why more of your meals don’t involve this many components–especially when all of the parts of this recipe can be refrigerated, reheated if necessary, and re-combined to make an amazing lunch.
October is National Seafood Month, and today–October 8th–is National Salmon Day! Chicken of the Sea wants to spread some salmon love. Last year, they introduced the first line of flavored salmon pouches–now available in Lemon Pepper, Barbecue, Sweet & Spicy, and Sriracha–making it easier and more convenient to eat this omega-3-packed fish.
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Barbecue Salmon Burrito Bowl
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 medium bell pepper thinly sliced (any color)
- 1 medium yellow onion thinly sliced
- 4 packed cups chopped kale
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground back pepper
- 1 avocado
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
- Pinch salt
- 2 cups cooked short grain brown rice
- 4 Chicken of the Sea Barbecue Flavored Salmon Pouches
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
- 1/2 cup pico de gallo or your favorite chunky salsa
- 1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1 lime quartered
- In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the peppers and onions and cook, stirring frequently, until just beginning to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the kale and cook, stirring frequently, until beginning to wilt, about 3 minutes. Add the cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, and stir constantly for 2 minutes. At this point, the kale should be soft; if not, continue cooking for another minute. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl.
- In a small bowl, mash the avocado with a fork. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Divide the cooked veggies, rice, and Barbecue Salmon among 4 bowls. Top each bowl with 1/4th of the cilantro, pico de gallo, guacamole, Greek yogurt. Garnish the bowls with a lime quarter and serve.
This post is sponsored by Chicken of the Sea.