I have a confession to make, I’m addicted to Chicago PD.  I literally cannot stop watching it.  I was up until 3 am last night, glued to the tube.  I was all the way up to the episode when Nadia gets abducted by that creepy serial rapist and just as it ended, FIOS began trouble shooting.  Can you imagine the nerve of them.. don’t they know people are watching TV at that hour??!! Ugh! I used to be a Law & Order SVU junkie and I still get my fix from time to time, so it makes sense that I would be into Chicago PD, especially the crossover episodes.

So, I want to talk about something that has been on my mind as of lately.  Something it took me a really long time to figure out in life and that is.. you can never allow yourself to feel less than awesome simply because someone else tried to make you feel bad in some way.  Whether they insulted you physically or mentally.. didn’t want to continue a relationship with you, or did something that ultimately hurt you in some way.  I know it’s easier said than done, but when you allow people to bring you down, or make you feel bad, you give value to them and to what they have done to wrong you.

The truth is, some people are extremely insecure and often times, damaged.  I mean, none of us get through this life without some bumps, scrapes and bruises because that’s life.. it’s not perfect, and it’s not meant to be, but there are some people that simply can’t channel their short comings in a positive manner and good people end up with hurt feelings in the interim.  People who don’t add value to your life in some way or don’t leave you with feel good feelings after you’ve spent time with them, should not be apart of your circle, let alone your life.

Surround yourself with happy people.  People who inspire you.  People that are real and truthful and don’t try to wrap things up with a pretty bow and pretend it’s all good, to save face.  Those people are too worried about what everyone thinks, to bring any value, to the table.  Hang around people who make you laugh, don’t take themselves too seriously, and are so busy looking at the glass half full, they don’t have time to seek anyone’s pity.  Seek the company of those who recognize the real disappointments in this world and want to make a real difference and those who are so confident in their own ability, they have no room for gossip in their hearts.. And last, but not least, go share a burrito bowl with them! Ha!

Seriously, dry your eyes, and go make this burrito bowl because it will solve everyone’s problems.  I order this from Chipotle, it’s like one of my favorite go to lunches, and I just replicated it, so I don’t have to go to Chipotle every time I have a craving for it, nor do I have to succumb to white rice because this version is made with my yummy cilantro infused cauliflower rice! Triple score!!!

Instant Pot Barbacoa Burrito Bowls

serves 4

Burrito Bowl

  • leftover instant pot barbacoa
  • cauliflower rice
  • pico de gallo (toss 4 small diced tomatoes such as compari or pearl, 1/4 cup red onion, teaspoon of cilantro, and a pinch of salt)
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • 1 jar salsa verde (I use Trader Joe’s brand)

Cauliflower Rice

  • 16 ounces cauliflower rice
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • handful of cilantro, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


  • handful of cilantro
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 jalapeno
  • 1 lime


  • Heat the coconut oil in saucepan, add the rice, salt, and cilantro and toss for a few minutes or until slightly cooked (it will turn opaque)
  • Set the rice aside then, use the same saucepan to heat the barbacoa
  • Build the burrito bowl and garnish with lots of cilantro and fresh squeezed lime

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