What are your go-to meals when time is limited and you want to get in and out of the kitchen?
I've got a few: Chicken Parmesan, Stir Fry, or any sheet pan meal.
But another way I love saving time is with my Instant Pot. The thing just does all the work for you in a shorter amount of time and then I can chase around my littles to make sure they don't take a toy hammer to the freshly finished basement walls (true story!).
If you're not too into the Instant Pot just yet, I'd suggest a programmable slow cooker to make dinner easier. Easy is key!
This recipe was my attempt at recreating a Chipotle burrito bowl style meal, so get creative with this concept and add in more of what you love! Usually when I go to Chipotle I get a bowl full of chicken, a little rice, a little beans, their salsa, grilled veggies, sour cream, lettuce and cheese. I like to eat half and save the other half for the next day's lunch. Makes a $6 burrito bowl pay off!
To make this recipe go faster, use cauliflower rice or precook rice ahead of time. That will save you a pot to clean later! If you want more practice and more support with meal prepping or adding a food prep day to your routine, join my free Facebook group: Meal Planning Made Simple. A food prep day can be a life-saver!
1-2 Tbsp avocado oil
2-3 pound pork loin roast
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
1 cup water
1 cup uncooked rice (or sub 2 cups cauliflower rice)
1 bell pepper, seeded and sliced
1 small onion, sliced
1 lime, juiced
Additional toppings: shredded lettuce, chopped cilantro, shredded cheese, salsa, avocado or guacamole, sour cream
1) Season the pork roast with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic and onion powders, chili powder, and cumin.
2) Set your Instant Pot to 'Sauté' function, drizzle in about 1 Tbsp of oil. Sear the pork roast on each side, about 3-5 minutes per side. Turn off the pressure cooker.
3) Leave the roast in the pot and add the water. Cover and lock the lid, set the cooker to 'Manual' for 60 minutes. Allow pressure to naturally release.
4) As you wait for the pressure to release, make the rice according to the package directions. Then heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add in 1 Tbsp oil. Once the oil is hot, add the sliced peppers and onions and cook until they brown a bit.
5) Once the pork is fully done and the pressure has been released, shred the pork with forks or an electric hand mixer and drizzle over the lime juice.
Assemble your fajita bowls with some pork, rice, seared peppers and onions and any additional toppings you like!