Ocala Cooks | Thomas Fieldhouse

Thomas Fieldhouse is a personal trainer and competitive bodybuilder who loves to encourage others to become the best versions of themselves. Being a father to two beautiful girls, he strives to set an example of being active and healthy for his family. “As a busy dad, I like to make meals that are delicious, adaptable and healthy. Cooking for myself as a body builder can be challenging because my wife and two little girls don’t want to eat plain brown rice and chicken every night. This taco bowl is my go-to for something the whole family will love while keeping true to my goals. It doesn’t hurt that it is also super easy to meal prep, keeps well in the fridge and tastes great for days after you first prepare it.”

Taco Bowl


3 cups rice, cooked

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium onion

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 pounds ground beef or turkey

Packet of taco seasoning or 4 tablespoons of Flavor God “Taco Tuesday” seasoning.

1/3 cup cilantro, reserve a pinch or two for garnish

1 lime, reserve half for garnish

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 can whole corn, drained and rinsed

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Cook the rice as instructed. If you’re tight on time or wanting to prep the recipe ahead of time, you can purchase steam-in-bag brown rice in the frozen foods section of your grocery store.

Heat the oil in a pan while you peel and then slice the onion into thin pieces.

Cook down the onions until they are translucent. Add in minced garlic until fragrant, approximately 30 seconds.

Brown the ground beef or turkey in a large skillet.

Add the taco seasonings, mix and let simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Remove from heat and drain off excess oils and fat.

Mix chopped cilantro and juice from half a lime to the cooked and fluffed rice.

Serve the ground beef/turkey mixture over the cilantro, lime rice in individual bowls.

Top with black beans, corn and grated cheese.

Garnish with excess cilantro and limes.

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