Man alive! Monday snuck up on me after a weekend away. (Park City, Utah—have you been? It’s my new favorite mountain town.) No amount of black coffee or dark chocolate peanut butter cups have managed to wake me up from my post-trip fog, but I have this totally epic burrito bowl recipe for you. Let’s get to it.
Basically, all you do is roast some spaghetti squash until it’s tender and caramelized on the edges. While the squash is in the oven, you’ll have plenty of time to toss together a simple, colorful red cabbage slaw. It has lots of lime and some black beans for protein. Then, blend up some salsa verde with avocado for a creamy sauce that completes the dish.
These bowls are so simple and crazy delicious that I almost saved them for my cookbook, but I just couldn’t wait. Make them for dinner tonight?
- 2 medium spaghetti squash (about 2 pounds each), halved and seeds removed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups purple cabbage, thinly sliced and roughly chopped into 2-inch long pieces
- 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- ⅓ cup chopped green onions, both green and white parts
- ⅓ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, to taste
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- To roast the spaghetti squash: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the halved spaghetti squash on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper and drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Rub the olive oil all over each of the halves, adding more if necessary. Sprinkle the insides of the squash with freshly ground black pepper and salt. Turn them over so the insides are facing down and roast for 40 to 60 minutes, until the flesh is easily pierced through with a fork.
- Meanwhile, to assemble the slaw: In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cabbage, black beans, bell pepper, green onion, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil and salt. Toss to combine and set aside to marinate.
- To make the salsa verde: In the bowl of a blender or food processor, combine the avocado, salsa verde, cilantro, lime juice and garlic. Blend until smooth, pausing to scrape down the sides as necessary.
- To assemble, first use a fork to separate and fluff up the flesh of the spaghetti squash. Then divide the slaw into each of the spaghetti squash "bowls," and add a big dollop of avocado salsa verde. Finish the bowls with another sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper and some extra chopped cilantro (as shown here) and optional crumbled feta or pepitas.
Storage suggestions: Store burrito bowls, covered, for up to 3 days. There should be enough lime in the avocado salsa verde to keep it from oxidizing, but if you want to be sure, store it separately in a small bowl with plastic wrap pressed against the surface.