As much as I love to bake and cook from scratch (I feel like it’s the tastiest and healthiest way to eat) – I unfortunately don’t always have the time to do that.

So that’s when meals like this come in handy:


Those of you that follow me on Instagram probably recognize the above meal because I’m basically obsessed with it.  It’s my go-to meal when I’ve had a long day or just feel too tired to cook.

As far as not-from-scratch meals go, I’d say this is one of the better ones.  It’s packed with protein from the beans and the greek yogurt as well as fiber from the chili and the brown rice – it’s even got healthy fats from the homemade guacamole.

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Not too bad for a meal that comes together in a matter of minutes, right?

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup quick-cooking brown rice (I love Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice which is done in 90 seconds)
  • 1 cup of your favorite chili (I’m obsessed with Amy’s Organic Medium Chili with Vegetables)
  • 1/2 an avocado, mashed and salted
  • 1 scoop of 0% fat, plain Greek yogurt (my go-to is Chobani)
  • Small handful of your favorite corn chips (Trader Joe’s blue corn chips are my favorite)

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Once you have everything on hand, here’s what you do:

  1. Cook the rice according to instructions
  2. Heat chili in a separate bowl
  3. Slice avocado, salt and mash with a fork
  4. Ladle 1 cup of the chili over 1 cup of the cooked rice then top with mashed avocado and plain yogurt
  5. Serve with corn chips (they make great scoopers)
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A perfectly healthy and filling lunch, dinner or even breakfast if you want to go there!

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  • http://www.saywhatyouneedtosayblog.com Lauren

    This looks Ah-Ma-Zing! I was planning on making tacos tonight, but I may have to change that plan.

    • Cait

      haha – you can’t go wrong with tacos either!! but seriously – this is one of the best easy meals ever…definitely worth keeping in mind for those busy days (which I know you have!!)

  • http://forloveofcarrots.com Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots

    looks delicious! Dipping tortilla chips in it makes it even better and the addition of guac!

    • Cait

      agreed! by far the best parts :)

  • http://talkless-saymore.com/ Katie @ Talk Less, Say More

    YUM! I love chili! I made some veggie chili the other week and it was honestly the easiest and tastiest dinner.

    • Cait

      right? plus it’s so filling! can’t really go wrong with it! :)

  • http://www.snacktherapy.com Carly @ Snack Therapy

    I love easy recipes like this! I forget about chili sometimes, but it’s dang good! Honestly thought… I could scoop up just about anything with a tortilla chip and be content.

    • Cait

      Haha – I hear you on that!!

  • http://www.yesiwantcake.com Katie

    I need more meals like this in my life!

    • Cait

      Yes, you do! They’re just the best when you have a crazy schedule!

  • http://Www.itzyskitchen.com Erica

    Such a yummy meal! Guac makes all spicy meals better. Delish

    • Cait

      It definitely does! :)

  • http://onapinktypewriter.com joelle (on a pink typewriter)

    I don’t even like beans, but this looks yummmmmmy! Plus, if you add chips…….. :)

    • Cait

      Oh you HAVE to try this chili…it will turn you into a bean lover, I promise! (That sounds weird, but you know what I mean).

      And yeah, adding chips to anything makes it 1000x better – this one is no exception :)

  • http://www.migraineme.com MigraineMe

    Looks so, so yummy and more importantly, so quick and easy! Definitely adding to next week’s meal plan!

    • Cait

      Yay! I hope you love it as much as I do! :)

  • http://www.myplaceintherace.com Shannon ~ My Place In The Race

    Ooooo looks delicious! :P

    • Cait

      It was! And so easy too! :)

  • http://lifesabowl.com Allison @ Life’s a Bowl

    I love simple and satisfying semi-homemade meals! Have you ever tried the TJ’s frozen rice? I recently picked up a box and have been meaning to put it to use…

    • Cait

      I haven’t but I’ve always been curious about it! Let me know how you like it!

  • http://RDexposed.com Molly @ RDexposed

    This needs to be topped with hot sauce!

    • Cait

      Ooooh I like where your head’s at!

  • http://cosmopolitancurrymania.blogspot.in Purabi Naha

    This looks delish! I loved the clicks and the recipe. Truly, this is perfectly healthy and filling!

  • http://bekcraved.com Bek @ Crave

    Yummy! I’d say it could even be used as a snack or appetiser.

    • Cait

      True! I like that way of thinking!