Vegan Burrito Bowls with Spiralized Peppers and Onions

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Vegan Burrito Bowls with Spiralized Peppers and Onions

Each day with the baby, I have the following options when the baby is napping:

  1. Go outside for a walk
  2. Work out
  3. Take a nap
  4. Tidy the apartment and do laundry
  5. Work on Inspiralized

What I’m realizing is, is that each day, only ONE of those things happen!

Prioritizing is really tough when you have a baby – it’s easy to get caught up in random house chores and before you know it, it’s the evening and you’re still in your house clothes and you didn’t check off a single thing on your to-do list.

For the past week, I’ve been trying to prioritize writing a blog post. Writing a blog post takes cooking, photographing, editing photos, and writing, SO it’s tough to accomplish, especially in the small windows that Luca gives me.

Today, I was all ready with the ingredients to cook a blog recipe and then, I looked outside and it was seriously dismal and gray (not the best for food photos!) Thus, I’ve decided to simply post up a recipe from Instagram, based on all of your feedback from this post!

I hope you guys don’t mind the lack of ‘professional’ photos in today’s post – I’m keeping it really real. This is the best I can do, BUT this meal is one of my go-to favorites, so I’m really excited to share it – crappy photos and all.

Seriously, I make this meal all the time because it’s truly easy. I can attest to that now as a new mom! It’s one of those meals that you already have the ingredients for in your fridge and pantry and you didn’t even know it. Or, you just need to pick up 1 or 2 items.

You can make this non-vegetarian by adding your favorite meat protein – a pulled chicken or some chili powder seasoned shrimp would work really well here.

Thanks for being patient with me, as I ease back into things!

Now you can watch a cooking video of this recipe:


Nutritional Information & Recipe

Weight Watchers SmartPoints*: 15 points

*These points were calculated using the official Weight Watchers SmartPoints calculator. We are in no way affiliated with Weight Watchers, we are providing this information based on popular demand.

Serves 2 bowls

Vegan Burrito Bowls with Spiralized Peppers and Onions

10 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large red bell pepper, Blade A, noodles trimmed
  • 1 large green bell pepper, Blade A, noodles trimmed
  • 1 small red onion, Blade A, noodles trimmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup diced white onion
  • 2 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced jalapeno (or more if you like spice)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (any variety will do)
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, insides cubed


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once oil is shimmering, add the peppers and onion. Season with oregano, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Toss well and cook until wilted, about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the tomato mixture - place the cilantro, white onion, tomatoes, jalapeno and lime juice in a small mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper. Stir well to combine and set aside.
  3. Once peppers and onions are done cooking, divide them onto two plates and add the tomato mixture, quinoa, black beans, and avocado. Serve.

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Shannon Loe says:
Hi there! Your vegan burrito bowl looks amazing. I do have a question for following a vegan diet possible when doing the Whole 30? I’m struggling with protein options. Any advice would be very helpful!
Shannon, I'm pretty sure the Whole 30 website has options for vegetarian Whole 30s!
Cathy says:
I hope you rank taking a nap high on your priority list. Momma's need their rest!
Dave Barnhart says:
I have a request: You see, my Sweet Lady Wife is a Wisconsin farm girl. That means a meal without meat is incomplete. Can you please publish some recipes that include meat?
Liz says:
The beauty of this blog is that there's a phenomenal button up top that says "recipes." From there, you can search for the recipes you, particularly, are interested in making. Vegan recipes can easily satisfy both non meat eaters (like me) and meat eaters, simply by adding in whatever meat source your wife desires.
Ali Maffucci says:
Dave, feel free to add in your favorite protein to this dish! My suggestions would be chicken, flank steak, shrimp, or some shredded pork!
Ashley says:
Love these bowls!! I make something similar probably every other week! Sometimes I throw tumeric and a can of tomatoes into the quinoa or rice and call it "spanish." :) I've also got a new addiction to Trader Joe's Refried Beans. They're vegan and perfectly seasoned right out of the can. Thanks for sharing!
Ali Maffucci says:
There are so many great finds at Trader Joe's!!
Debra Zantman says:
Thanks Ali. I make your burrito bowls weekly. My husband and I love them. I put grilled chicken in my husbands and i go vegetarian. Its works well and easy to make up for dinner. Also those grain free chips are amazing, i need to get to whole foods and buy them again. Sending Hugs your way! :)
Meaghan says:
We love to hear this!!
Jenny says:
Hi Ali. I am completely fine with this more casual format. Next, and most importantly....this time with Luca is precious! You will only have your time with your first child once and it FLIES by, it may not seem like it now, but my baby just turned 8! Not 8 months - 8 years. If you loose a few people because they are dismayed, oh well. Family first and foremost. Enjoy this incredible time, this will all still be here.
Meaghan says:
We appreciate your support!
Cristiana says:
Casual is fine! Enjoy that baby and don’t stress work stuff.
Meaghan says:
Thank you for your feedback!
Chris says:
Thank you for sharing, Ali! We aren’t all professional photographers... I actually prefer the ‘slice of life’ approach vs. staged photos - which might be better saved for your formal cookbooks. I appreciate the inspiration I get from reading your blogs, which is based on your ideas and flavors, not directly tied to the photos.
Donna T. says:
This recipe looks great until I looked at the Nutritional facts. I am a diabetic. I can't have 69 carbs at one meal. My max should only be 32-36 carbs. I'm always disappointed when I find out how high the carbs are. Any suggestions?
Meaghan says:
We have a variety of recipes with different carb levels! Keep looking! We're sure you'll find something that matches up!

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