Chicken Burrito Bowls

I fought cell-phoneage for years. “There are times when I don’t WANT to be contacted,” I told my husband, who kindly insisted I needed a cell phone to stay safe on afternoon walks. Pish. I didn’t want one. So many details to input into the awkward little keypad. Too many steps to keep the battery charged. And what was this whole texting fiasco thing about, anyway? Didn’t people talk anymore? I tisked and shamed it all in the 2005′s and 2008′s. I 2009, I relented and let the hubster buy me a Tracfone.

Beep. Beep. Beep. I had to input every texted letter on a 9-digit keypad. It was not pretty.

Then, last year, I upgraded to a slidey, flippy keyboard thing. And suddenly, I got cell phones. And better yet, I got texting. I got how I could text my sister a picture of two pairs of shoes and get her feedback on the better pick. I got how I could send a morning hello to friends in NYC. I got how nice it is to be a fingertip away from people I don’t want to live without. It’s funny how something you once pushed aside as an uneccessary trifle can quickly become  a lifeline to all your favorite people in the world.

Texts today:

From Steve, my morning flower delivery. My Denver pal Steve texts photos of flowers to his friends every morning. Do you love this idea? Recieving his a.m. texts makes me smile daily.

To Russell, inquiring as to the state of DC post-earthquake. The city, he said, was in chaos. But he was well and Dave was okay, too. So that was darned good to hear.

From Bethany. Little sis checking in after the weekend together. Seems she’s gone and made herself even lovlier than she was already. Looking into Design School, she is. I couldn’t be more proud of her.

To John, checking in to see how his first day of the seminar work went. He called back. Too much to text about. Plus, he was driving. We do not text while driving. Of course not.

To Shaina. It was high time I sent a hello to my fellow blogging mama. She’s got way too much going on. She always does. But, she’s amazing in the kitchen. So this is the price to be paid for crazy-awesome talent.

I was inspired by Steve’s morning text flower delivery to start a daily quote delivery with my sisters. I thought it would be awesome sauce to have each of us take a day and text each other a quote that is just a-speakin’ to us. Just a quick, simple something that connects us together each morning, and offers up a digital devotional.

Have you used text messages to create connections, share some sort of goodness with others, or bring fabulousness into your own life? I’d LOVE to hear any suggestions for taking texting to the next level.

Because, I may have fought it in the early days, but by golly. Now that texting is in my life, I plan on embracing it, whit, pixel, beep-beep-beep and all.

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Chicken Burrito Bowls

Slow Carb eaters, get ready to grab your forks! This fresh, healthy take on Chicken Salad is so easy to make, you'll be able to toss it together for dinner and have plenty of time to text your peeps before bedtime. This recipe goes along with the Week 2 menu for the Slow Carb diet. If you aren't following the Slow Carb eating plan, feel free to serve it up on some tortillas, with a dollop of sour cream or a sprinkle of tomatoes & cheddar. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts, boiled and shredded
2 limes, freshly squeezed
1/2 tablespoon cumin
salt to taste
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1 small, sweet onion, finely diced
1 can black beans, drained
1/4 cup jalapenos (optional)

Directions:

In a small bowl, mix together the shredded chicken, fresh lime juice, cumin, and enough salt to lend good flavor to the meat. Toss with all other ingredients. Serve immediately or refrigerate and allow the lime juice flavors to marinate in the chicken. Delish!

OTHER IDEAS FOR TODAY'S SLOW CARB MENU:

Breakfast-Wilted Spinach & Garlic served with Scrambled Egg Whites
Lunch-Steamed Broccoli with Chopped Almonds, Minced Garlic, and a drizzle of olive oil & sea salt

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11 Responses to “Chicken Burrito Bowls”

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    Kendra on August 24, 2011 at 6:30 am Reply

    I’m still not too fond of cell phones but now that I have a slider phone and texting is much faster and easier – I can actually communicate with my kids when they aren’t home. They never use their phone as a phone. As I call it, it’s a portable typewriter for them! Ha!

    Love this simple salad idea. Now if my texters would only eat black beans we might be able to try this one.

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    Bev Weidner on August 24, 2011 at 8:00 am Reply

    I’m SO with you. I still have a nerdy phone. And texting is a b*&ch. But I still do it!

    while cussing of course.

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    Maile Fano on August 24, 2011 at 1:29 pm Reply

    This sounds so yummy and easy to make! I am going to try it since my husband and I are trying to lose weight! Thanks for all the fabulous recipes!

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    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl on August 25, 2011 at 7:17 am Reply

    These look wonderful. I’m always looking for new ways to jazz up chicken and Mexican is a favorite around my house.

    I’m with you on the cell phone. I think it’s quite possible my 4-year old knows more about mine than I do.

    • Brooke replied: — August 25th, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

      LOL! It’s soooo worth figuring out a cell phone for the joy that is texting. Promise!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. on August 29, 2011 at 2:19 pm Reply

    omg this looks great! I am trying this one for sure!

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    ChefDad on August 30, 2011 at 5:37 am Reply

    I’m commenting from my phone…good stuff.

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    MOM on August 30, 2011 at 8:14 pm Reply

    To Bethany,

    Don’t try to pick up the pieces, let them stay on the ground…in the past
    I promise the pain won’t last!

    Each New Day Promises a New Way
    To pave a New Dream
    It may seem Dreams don’t or won’t come true
    I PROMISE they do! SO DREAM BIG!
    I LOVE YOU MOM xoxoxoxo

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    Lisa on August 31, 2011 at 4:04 pm Reply

    I just made this tonight for dinner. Going to let it sit and “marinate” or so, but couldn’t resist a few bites! YUM! I love it! I actually used a small can of diced chiles because I was afraid the jalepenos would give to much heat. I may even add some crumbled blue chips when i serve it. This dish is great and I will definitely be making it again! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Brooke replied: — August 31st, 2011 @ 7:16 pm

      Thank you, Lisa! It’s such a simple recipe. And the fact that it’s healthy? Just icing on the cake!

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    wendy on January 31, 2012 at 4:17 pm Reply

    going to make tonight! sounds wonderful!

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