Loco for Moco Loco || 5 Variations (vegetarian, too!) of This TRANSFORM App Favorite!

Food is closely tied to many of the best memories we have in life, whether through holiday traditions, a favorite meal we had as a child, or something new and delicious we tried and loved on vacation. Over the past several years, Chris and I have traveled to Hawaii many times, and I tried a meal there that I initially never thought I would love so much! Moco Loco is not only delicious, it’s SO comforting and familiar. It’s warm and cozy and literally makes my heart and tummy happy every time I eat it! The original recipe is full of delicious carbs and fat (think rice, butter and gravy—yum!), so every time I recreated it on my own, I would make substitutions and adjustments so it fit within my macros and even work on carb cycling days! When we finally added healthier versions to The TRANSFORM App, the rave reviews came pouring in about the FIVE different versions we have. Everyone couldn’t believe comfort food could taste so good AND be healthy! I knew I had to share these recipes with you, too, so you can share in my love of all things Moco Loco! I also included two vegetarian options for my veggie-loving friends. I hope you all LOVE these recipes as much as I do!

 


Some of my favorite Moco Loco and kitchen tools:

Bonus: All FIVE versions of Moco Loco are quick prep, so if you’re a meal prepper, you can have one of these tasty meals on the table, ready to devour, in 10 minutes or less!

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Let’s get started with breakfast, since that IS the first meal of the day. And seriously, how can you go wrong with eggs, cheese, and gravy?!?!

Moco Loco Breakfast Bowl
Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:
4 egg whites
1 ounce extra-lean ground turkey (meal prepped)
¾ cup cooked jasmine rice
¼ cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
1/3 cup chicken gravy

Directions:
1. Spray skillet with non-stick cooking spray. Scramble egg whites until fully cooked.
2. In a bowl, heat up cooked rice in microwave. Top with turkey and scrambled egg whites, sprinkle cheese over the top of the eggs.
3. Drizzle chicken gravy over eggs and enjoy!

Nutrition information: 401 calories, 12g fat, 39g carbs, 31g protein

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Vegetarian Moco Loco Breakfast Bowl
Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:
3 egg whites
3 slices Lightlife Smart Bacon chopped
2/3 cup cooked jasmine rice
3/4 ounce shredded mild cheddar cheese
1/3 cup mushroom gravy
1 1/3 cup zucchini, sliced

Directions:
1. Spray skillet with non-stick cooking spray. Scramble egg whites until fully cooked. Set aside.
2. Spray skillet again with nonstick cooking spray. Sauté zucchini with chopped bacon for 5-7 minutes or until desired crispiness.
3. In a bowl, heat up cooked rice in microwave. Top with scrambled egg whites, zucchini, and bacon. Sprinkle cheese over the top of the eggs.
4. Drizzle mushroom gravy and enjoy!

Nutrition information: 408 calories, 13g fat, 38g carbs, 29g protein

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Now on to High Carb. There’s no cheese in this one, but it’s still delicious!

Beef Moco Loco (High Carb)
Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:
3 ounces lean ground beef (meal prepped)
1 cup cooked jasmine rice
¼ cup brown gravy
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Spray a skillet with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Saute mushrooms and seasoning until just soft, about 5 minutes.
3. In a bowl, layer rice, ground beef, and mushrooms. Top with gravy and enjoy!

Nutrition information: 406 calories, 6g fat, 51g carbs, 32g protein

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And Low Carb—beef AND vegetarian! Plus eggs, cheese, and gravy are back!

Beef Moco Loco (Low Carb)
Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:
2 ¼ ounces extra-lean ground beef (meal prepped)
¾ cup cauliflower pearls
1/3 cup brown gravy
2 large eggs
5 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Spray a skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Saute cauliflower pearls and seasonings until just colored, about 5 minutes. Move cauliflower to bowl.
2. Spray same pan with nonstick cooking spray and fry egg over easy.
3. In a bowl, layer cauliflower rice, ground beef, cheese, and eggs. Top with gravy and enjoy!

Nutrition information: 401 calories, 24g fat, 10g carbs, 38g protein

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Vegetarian Moco Loco (Low Carb)
Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:
2 ½ ounces seitan
1 ½ cups cauliflower pearls
1/3 cup mushroom gravy
2 large eggs
3 ½ tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Spray a skillet with nonstick cooking spray, sauté cauliflower pearls for about 5 minutes, until just colored. Season with salt and pepper. Once cooked, place in bowl and set aside.
2. Spray the same skillet with cooking spray, cook egg to desired doneness, set aside.
3. In a bowl, combine cauliflower, seitan, and gravy. Place eggs on top of mixture and sprinkle with cheese. Enjoy!

Nutrition information: 416 calories, 21g fat, 15g carbs, 41g protein

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Give these a try and let me know which ones are your faves! Because…I promise you won’t be able to choose just one.

xo,

Heidi

Related reading:

Meal Prep Tips and Tricks You Need to Know
Can I Carb Cycle as a Vegetarian?
Grocery Shopping 101
4 Kitchen Must-Haves for Transformation Success


3 Comments

  1. Krista R Moffett - April 24, 2018

    Hi, in week two of transform and really enjoying it so far. The only thing that has made me steer clear of this recipe so far is the gravy. I am from the deep south, and just can’t do jarred or packet gravy (too many things i can’t pronounce!) Could we make our own with flour, beef base, and butter/oil?

  2. Janna - April 22, 2018

    Love that there are vegetarian options 🙂

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