Keeping it Paleo at: Chipotle Mexican Grill

Fun Fact: In the upper left corner of this photo you can see the STUPID BEE that would not stop harassing me while trying to enjoy a nostalgic afternoon on Marshall Street in Syracuse dining al fresco halfway home from Canada. Campus is just so weird without the students. Thanks to my newfound aerial nemesis, I got up and moved to a different spot TWICE in an attempt to evade him while trying to enjoy my ugly yet delicious meal. This little bugger followed me TWICE. Not cool, Bee… not cool.


Anyhow, leaving town has always been my nutritional downfall in the 2 years since giving paleo a try. The cold hard truth is that there just aren’t that many half-decent places where you can go in a pinch and get a meal containing all ingredients you can both pronounce AND spell. Sometimes you just can’t handle another burger, no bun, no cheese, no condiments, extra onions with sweet potato fries or a naked house salad on the side.

Enter Chipotle. If you’ve read this blog for more than a few minutes, you may already know how much I love southwestern food. It’s actually surprising that I don’t go to Chipotle more often. Thing is, they didn’t really come to CT until just a couple years ago, and the closest locations I can think of require a 20+ minute drive. I digress.

The menu is pretty straight forward. You’ve got your tacos, burritos, bowls and salads. Add meat, add veggies, voila. This is going to be a pretty close reflection of how to get through Moe’s Southwest Grill unscathed. As you know, grains and dairy are off-limits, so here’s a quick and easy yet FILLING recommendation on how to cure your fit of HANGER at Chipotle.

  • Opt for the salad (the bowl still has the rice)
  • Pick your protein – this time I went with Carnitas
  • Skip the rice, beans & cheese
  • Go hog wild on the vegetables – I love to add extra grilled peppers & onions. I also spy Pico de Gallo, Salsa, jalapeño and of course, guacamole.
  • Kindly decline any chips & salsa and get on with grabbing your knife and fork!

Nom nom nom. It’s 9:00a on a Sunday and now I want Chipotle. I think guacamole may have mystical powers over me.

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