One of my kids loves Chipotle Grill’s Burritos. This is a gigantic size tortilla filled with rice, beans, meat, salsa, cheese, and sour cream. Although the ingredients in and of themselves don’t sound too unhealthy, one of these burritos with all the fixings (sour cream, cheese, guacamole) tops 1000 calories! However, deconstructed and served as a burrito rice bowl, and leaving out the sour cream, cheese, and guacamole, the calories can be reduced in half. The sodium content is a whole other issue (a whopping 1650 mg sodium).
This past week, while checking out Foodspotting’s SF Chefs Guide to Ballpark Food, the Cha Cha Bowl from Orlando’s Caribbean BBQ at Willie Mays Plaza in San Francisco, California, caught my eye. It reminded me of the Burrito Bowl from Chipotle Grill. The description on Foodspotting said this dish was made with cucumbers, but the recipe I found used zucchini.
So what’s in a Cha Cha Bowl or Mexican Chicken and Black Bean Rice Bowl as I call it? It’s basically a bowl of rice topped with black beans, grilled chicken or pork that has been marinated in a rich chili sauce, and pineapple zucchini salsa. Not typical ballpark fare, although these days ballparks seem to be offering a more diverse menu. I love seeing all the new varieties of food offerings at sports complexes.
I decided to give this a try at home this week. I have to be honest – there are many shortcuts that could have been taken with this recipe that I for some insane reason did not choose to do. Although I thought I would have plenty of time to make all the different components from scratch, life got in the way, and things were a mad scramble yesterday in order to get this post completed for today. See the recipe below for potential shortcuts.
We had a little scare yesterday morning. At 10:30AM I got a phone call from the nurse at my youngest son’s school. Apparently things had gotten a little rough during gym and my son fell down on the ground headfirst. I rushed to pick him up and the nurse was clearly concerned. My son had headaches, dizziness and nausea, all signs of a concussion. The pediatrician determined that my son probably had a mild concussion. My oldest son experienced a severe concussion as a high school football player two years ago, so I was so relieved to know that this was just a mild one.
Tonight, he was feeling much better, so I thank God that it is nothing serious. Thanks to all of you who reached out to me on Facebook yesterday – I really appreciate it.
Today, a group of bloggers is honoring Soraya Darabi and Alexa Andrzejewski jointly as Top 50 Women Game Changers in Food. We are on #49 and have just one more week to go in this event. I’d never heard of these women, but Soraya Darabi and Alexa Andrzejewski are two of the brains behind Foodspotting, an iPhone application and website that allows users to post and discover restaurant dish recommendations through photographs based on their proximity. It is local, mobile, and social wrapped into one app, and has a global reach, with over 600,000 foods “spotted.”
I haven’t had a chance to try Foodspotting yet, but my son just downloaded it on my iPhone for me, so I’m hoping to take it out with me this coming weekend when I visit some local restaurants for a photo shoot.
There’s only one week left in this event, but you are welcome to join for next week. Just ask Mary from One Perfect Bite. Please stop by and take a look at what the rest of the group made this week in celebration of Soraya Darabi and Alexa Andrzejewski:
Linda from There and Back Again
Val from More Than Burnt Toast
Taryn from Have Kitchen Will Feed
Susan from The Spice Garden
Heather from girlichef
Miranda from Mangoes and Chutney
Mary from One Perfect Bite
Sue from The View from The Great Island
Barbara from Movable Feasts
Nancy from Picadillo
Kathleen from Bake Away With Me
Veronica from My Catholic Kitchen
Mireya of My Healthy Eating Habits
Claudia – Journey of an Italian Cook
Alyce – More Time at the Table
Amrita – Beetle’s Kitchen Escapades
Martha - Simple Nourished Living
Jill – Saucy Cooks
Sarah – Everything in the Kitchen Sink
This post has been linked up to Successful Together’s Successful Saturday’s Linkup.