Cedric Okiorina’s Healthy Burrito Bowl

Many people drink lots of coffee to help get them through the day, but I find simply eating healthy has a hugely positive impact on my daily energy and mental wellbeing. Although I’m a big fan of the tasty simplicity of a burrito, they certainly aren’t the healthiest lunch or dinner option. But there are a few simple changes you can make to this Mexican street food classic that make it a little bit better for your overall health.

With burrito bowls becoming a go-to dish for those looking to lose some weight without having to give up delicious food, this much-loved option provides great protein, fibre and enough variety to ensure you still enjoy mealtimes. In this delightful recipe, I’ve replaced white rice with a healthier brown alternative, while turkey is another light choice compared to chicken or red meat. Yet perhaps the biggest change is getting rid of the tortilla, which dramatically cuts down on your carb intake. 

If you’re looking to add some healthy options to your weekly repertoire, why not give my fresh burrito bowl a try? You might just realise how something so simple can still be remarkably tasty.

Healthy Burrito Bowl Ingredients:

  • 1 cup diced red onion
  • 250g lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 cup fat-free chicken broth
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tsp taco seasoning
  • 3/4 cup corn kernels
  • 400g black beans
  • 1/2 cup grated light cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chives
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook the red onion and ground turkey in a pan on medium heat. Once browned, drain the fat, add the rice and cook for one minute.
  2. Place chicken broth, one cup of salsa, one cup of tomatoes, taco seasoning, corn and beans into the pan. Raise the temperature to a boil before simmering for around 15 minutes. If the mixture starts to dry, add more chicken broth.
  1. Turn off the heat and add cheddar cheese.
  2. Garnish with the leftover tomatoes, salsa and chives. Serve! 

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Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. By using fresh ingredients and a smidge of creativity, you can create delicious food that won’t be a chore to dine on. Plus, you’ll find yourself having extra energy and perhaps some spare room around your waistline. For a host of great cooking ideas across a range of cuisines, check out the rest of Cedric Okiorina’s culinary creations and liven up your cooking.