Monday, January 3, 2011

Meatless Monday

On the menu for tonight - Super Bean Burritos!

I ran across this recipe at Real Mom Kitchen, and knew right away that I wanted to try it. We try to have at least 2-3 meatless meals per week and burritos are a great way to make one of those meals happen. They come together easily, they're cheap, and they're filling (and delicious)!


2 cups already cooked rice (brown or white)
2 T. olive oil
1 onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeno, seeds and membranes removed, finely diced
1 tsp. cumin
3 T. tomato paste
2 cans pinto beans (15 oz. each), drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups water
1 10 oz. package frozen corn
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
10-12 large tortillas (10" burrito size)
1 1/2 - 2 cups shredded cheese (I used a cheddar jack mix)

In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, jalapeno, and cumin. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are tender. Watch the garlic closely to make sure it doesn't burn. Add the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute.
I know it doesn't look like much, but this will make your house smell amazing. (onion, garlic, jalapeno and cumin)

Add 1 can of beans to the pan and mash with a fork. Add the 2nd can of beans, along with the water. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then turn heat down to medium. Simmer for 10-12 minutes, allowing mixture to thicken. Stir occasionally, making sure the mixture doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan. Add corn and cook 2-3 minutes until heated thoroughly. Stir in onion and garlic powders. Remove from heat and stir in rice.
Before the rice is added.

Heat tortillas in the microwave until soft (25 seconds or so). Fill each tortilla with 2/3 cup (or so) of the bean/rice mixture and then about 1/4 cup of cheese. Fold like a burrito. I would try to explain in detail how to fold the tortilla, but I would fail. So, if you don't know how to fold a tortilla into a burrito, I would suggest Googling it.
The finished product.

Serve immediately (with salsa and sour cream, if you so choose) or freeze for later. The original recipe has different directions for freezing and reheating...but here's how I'm doing it - I folded up the burritos and then I wrapped each individual burrito in foil. I put the foil covered the burritos in the freezer. For reheating, I am planning on putting them in the oven at 350* until they're heated through. I am hoping that the foil will keep the tortillas from getting too dried out, and without the extra chewiness of putting them in the microwave for a 2nd time. I'll let you know how they turned out!

Here's what Jack had for dinner - Fiber One cereal! Haha! He loves this cereal. And it's a good thing, too. Let's just say that he could always use more fiber in his diet. :)

It's a good thing he's cute.

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