Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Wrap it Up

If your days have been anything like mine lately, you appreciate having easy dinner options when you get home late from work or the gym, or don't have much time/desire to cook.    Or are about to head out the door and want to grab something for lunch ;)

Luckily I came across tracy's post on freezer burritos and before I knew it I had some of my own stashed in the freezer.    The possibilities are endless here, get creative with your own combination of ingredients!!    If you end up with any leftover filling, it's easy to throw into some eggs the next morning for breakfast or keep as a snack.

Bean Burritos
adapted from Shutterbean
Yield:  ~12

1c rice
1 onion, chopped
chili powder
1 can diced tomatoes w/green chiles, drained
1-2T fresh chopped cilantro or parsley
1 can refried beans
1 can red kidney beans, rinsed & drained
1 bag frozen sliced onions and tri-colored peppers
greek yogurt (mixed w/some hot sauce, if desired)
10-14 burrito-sized flour tortillas (I used TJ's Habenero Lime)

Cook rice using your favorite method-- I combined my rice, chopped onion and a hefty shake of chili powder in my rice cooker along with some water and let it go to work.

After rice is cooked rice, add drained tomatoes and chopped herbs, mix well and set aside.  Prep the rest of your ingredients, including a pile of foil squares to wrap finished burritos in.

Wrap tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave for ~1min until they are soft and pliable.  Remove one tortilla at a time and pile with fillings...  rice mix, refried beans, cheese, kidney beans, veggies and schmear of greek yogurt on the side.  Do the burrito wrap ;) (ends in, then roll up) and then wrap in foil.   Repeat until you've made all your burritos.  Label, then store in the freezer.

To reheat burritos, there are some options.  The quickest way is to unwrap the frozen burrito, wrap in a damp towel, and microwave for 2-3min on high (my microwave must run hot, as they were steamy after 2min).   If desired, crisp up the burrito in the oven or just let cool and eat.  Alternatively, place frozen, unwrapped burritos on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 450deg oven for 40min, then remove foil and continue to bake for another 5-10min until crisp.

What's your favorite kind of burrito filling??


Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

Burritos make such a wonderful throw together meal! I love adding corn to my wraps :)

Unknown said...

Totally the queen of wraps right now. I'm loving tempeh, cucumber,avocado, with salsa. So easy and delicious.

Lauren said...

This is such a better option than frozen burritos from the grocery store! I loooove burritos, and would have a difficult time choosing a favorite filling... but sweet potato & black beans do have a special place in my heart :).

Kate said...

What a fabulous idea!! I am always looking for quick and healthy meals for post workout weeknights.

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

This is such a great alternative after a long work day and a gym session!

Elina (Healthy and Sane) said...

I LOVE this idea. I've been really trying to come up with things lately that can be grab and go for days when I have just no desire or time to cook.

Joanne said...

I love how easy and versatile these are! I always need things to grab-and-go.

Delicious Dishings said...

This is such a great idea! I always see burritos in the freezer section, and you'd think it would click that I could just do it myself. They look great!

Mother Rimmy said...

This is a hearty and healthy lunch idea. Anything I can make ahead of time and freeze in quantity makes me happy.

Anonymous said...

These burritos sound terrific, i like the addition of greek yogurt mixed with hot sauce!

Jess said...

That's a really smart idea! I like bean/cheese burritos, but sometimes I just wrap my regular turkey sandwich ingredients.

Rosiecat24 said...

Oh, yum! This is a terrific idea. I recently made some burritos with filling of red onions, kale, chickpeas, spices, and cheese, and they were totally delicious. Most of the filling was cooked, so it was nice and warm for these cold days.

Kelly said...

Yes, burritos freeze incredibly well. I used to do this when I made a lot of sweet potato and black bean burritos. It was a much better option than frozen meals.

Kerstin said...

I love those tortillas! Such a great idea to freeze them too :)

Alicia said...

This is a great idea. I'm putting it on my list to make when Rafe and I move into our new place! They'll be helpful for quick dinners and lunches during busy weeks of work and school!

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