Vegetarian Tex Mex Bowls {Guest Post by To Her Core}

Hello friends, who are you all doing? I myself am doing fine, taking a rest after a hectic week of exams which left me too tired to even attempt to cook/shoot anything. I pretty much lived on warm porridge and salads for the past week *sighs*.

As for the moment, I’m off school “enjoying” this week of local holidays. And I mean “enjoying” because even though there’s not school, I’ve still gots tons of homework and stuff to get done 🙁

My lovely friend Dearna, the blogger behind To Her Core, offered herself to write a guest post for me since it was impossible for me to get some blogging done last week, and I’d love to thank her for it.

For those who don’t know her, Dearna runs one of my favorite healthy food blogs ever. She makes nourishing food look and taste wonderfully. Don’t you believe me? Check out this Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars – it’s chocolate + pb, guys! How could anyone not love that? And this amazing Roast Pumpkin, Caramelised Onion and Walnut Pizza. Mindblowing – it totally needs to happen for pizza night soon.

And I’ve tried her Bean and Quinoa Burgers and they were so good too. They totally fall into the “best veggie burgers in the whole world” category – not kidding here.

So yeah, if you’re looking for some delicious ideas for vegetarian meals, Dearna’s your girl. Check her blog out because it is full of yummy healthy recipes. Plus she’s really lovely and fun to talk to!

I shall leave you now and let her talk. Excuse me while I go to the store in order to buy the ingredients to make these Tex Mex bowls – don’t they look amazing?


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Hi guys!  Firstly I just wanted to say how grateful I am to Consuelo for letting me guest post here today whilest she is in study mode. Consuelo was one of the first blogging friends I made and I look forward to reading her clever and witty posts when they come through to my inbox – I’m nearly always at work when this happens, and always have a little giggle, which often raises eyebrows amongst my colleagues – I work in IT and there is not much thats humorous in my job, suffice to say it is pretty obvious that I am not doing work at this time.

 Whilst poor Consuelo is stuck with her head in the books studying, I realise the rest of you are shivering inside by the heater trying to escape the seemingly never-ending cooler weather. So I won’t start with the warm weather we have been experiencing down here in Australia. And I definitely won’t mention the lovely refreshing dip I took in the ocean this morning, followed by laying on the beach and soaking up the sun’s rays… Okay, okay I’ll stop now! (If it makes you feel any better, the days are quickly getting shorter here and the temperature is dropping, so I’ll be the one clinging to the heater and complaining about the rain soon enough, whilst you guys are splashing around in the waves and basking in the sunshine).


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 So to bring a little warmth to your days, Im here to share a delicious warm and nourishing dish with you that I hope will brighten up your day a little. I have been making these delicious bean bowls for as long as I can remember. They make a great vegetarian meal for meat eaters – hearty and packed full of flavour. I often cook a big batch of the beans to have during the week – but to keep things interesting I like to play around with the filling instead of serving them over rice each time. Roll the beans up in a wrap, sprinkle with cheese and bake in the oven, or reheat the beans in the morning, make a few holes and crack some eggs in them to make baked eggs.  


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 But the simplest – and my favourite way to eat the beans is how I have them here – served over rice with sour cream (or Greek yoghurt), avocado, cilantro and lime. I hope you like them.


Vegetarian Tex Mex Bowls
Serves 2
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  1. 2 cans red kidney beans
  2. 1 red onion
  3. 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  4. ¾ cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
  5. 1 can diced tomatoes
  6. 2 ripe tomatoes, diced
  7. 1 Tbsp paprika
  8. 1 Tbsp cumin
  9. 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  10. 1 tsp dried oregano
  11. Salt and pepper to taste
  12. 1 cup brown rice
  1. To cook the rice, bring 6 cups of water to boil and then add rinsed brown rice. Cook over medium heat 40-50 minutes. Drain and fluff with a fork before serving.
  2. To make the beans, Heat a large pan over medium heat and add a little oil. Fry the onion, stirring for a minute or two, add the garlic, and cook another few minutes until starting to brown and becoming fragrant. Add the spices and stir to combine, then add the tomatoes and beans. Lower the heat to a slow simmer and allow the beans to cook for 15 minutes, until the tomatoes have broken down. Add the corn and stir through and cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. To serve place a few scoops of rice into a bowl, top with some of the bean mixture, sour cream/Greek yoghurt, avocado, cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime.
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Hope you guys enjoyed the guest post! Don’t forget to check out Dearna’s blog for more delicious recipes like this one.

Have a great day!



  • Reply Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner March 4, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I hope you are able to get in some deserved rest! Loving this guest post. 🙂

  • Reply Chris @ Shared Appetite March 4, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I’m a huge fan of tex-mex anything… these bowls look so warm and comforting! Give me one now and I’m a happy guy!

  • Reply atasteofmadess March 4, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Wowza. I am getting hungry just looking at this!

  • Reply Nora (Buttercream Fanatic) March 4, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    What an awesome recipe! Thanks for introducing us to Dearna and her blog. I can’t wait to explore it. Hope you are getting some much needed rest!

  • Reply caileejoy March 4, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Wow!! These look so amazing!! Truly healthy and delicious! The perfect meal in a little bowl!! YUM 🙂

  • Reply Kammie @ Sensual Appeal March 4, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Oh these bowls look fantastic, healthy but delicious – just the way I like it!

  • Reply Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl March 5, 2014 at 2:15 am

    I never know what to do with kidney beans but now I totally know!

  • Reply Joanne March 5, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    There’s little I love more than a big bowl of veggies! These look super!

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen March 5, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    This looks really good! YUM!

  • Reply BrunchTimeBaker March 5, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    These Tex-Mex bowls look so savory and delicious! + they are vegetarian! Another thing to add to my Veggies collection! Pinned 🙂

  • Reply Helen @ Scrummy Lane March 5, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I was reading today that too much animal protein isn’t so good for you so it’s a good day to see a lovely vegetarian recipe like this! It looks so appetizing with the wonderful colourful Mexican toppings! Oh, and I’m off to check out Dearna’s blog!

  • Reply Mike @TheIronYou March 6, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Looks so good, I have to try this!

  • Reply tohercore March 6, 2014 at 3:21 am

    Thank you Consuelo for giving me the opportunity to do a guest post! I hope you are enjoying your week off and managing to fit in a bit of relaxing away from all the homework 🙂 And thanks to the rest of you for all your lovely comments, they have made my day! Hope you all enjoy the dish x

  • Reply cheri March 6, 2014 at 4:59 am

    Wow! This look really good. Love the way you have everything separated in your finished dish.

  • Reply blahnikbaker March 6, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Thanks for introducing me to her blog!! I love it! I am following along now…so many delicious recipes. I hope you are enjoying the holiday break. Rest up dear 🙂

  • Reply Kelly March 6, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    These bowls look fantastic! Thanks for introducing us to Dearna and her blog. Hope you are getting some much needed rest 🙂

  • Reply Nicha@greenrecipes March 6, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    I can imagine that this will taste great. I am a big fan of healthy delicious food. Already checked out tohercore blog and love it!

  • Reply laurasmess March 7, 2014 at 8:00 am

    So nice to meet Dearna! I hadn’t come across ‘to her core’ before (despite being another Aussie blogger!) so it’s wonderful to add another local blogging friend to the mix! Gorgeous vegetarian dish. I am really into eating bean dishes at the moment so I’m looking forward to adding these to my arsenal! Yum. Thanks Consuelo (good luck with the rest of your exams and other stress! You’ll do awesomely!) and Dearna! xx

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