Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Aye Aye Aye! Burritos!

Good evening bloggers! As we all know, Summer is approaching quickly and kids are getting out of school. For all of you busy parents, this poses a problem of being busy and having to make home-cooked meals. We are looking for a simple escape from monotonous, boring, and long recipes. That is where this simple and easy meal comes in handy. We all know that children love burritos. They love anything that doesn't require utensils (unless they are fun, like chop sticks). So, with that in mind, let's get into the kitchen and make some burritos!

Chicken and Bean Burritos

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 2 cloves garlic; 1 smashed, 1 minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 pound (about 2 cups) frozen diced butternut squash, thawed
  • 1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken, skin removed
  • 1 (15 ounces) can black beans
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeno peppers, plus 2 tablespoons pickling liquid
  • 4 whole wheat tortillas, warmed
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Plain low-fat yogurt or sour cream, for serving (optional)

  1. Heat a medium skillet over high heat.
  2. Add the rice and smashed garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add 1 cup water, season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
  4. Add the squash and reduce the heat to low, then cover and simmer, undisturbed, for about 25 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle the chicken over the rice mixture, cover and remove from the heat.
  6. Meanwhile, to make the bean salsa: Drain and rinse the beans, quarter the tomatoes and chop the cilantro and jalapenos.
  7. Toss with the pickling liquid and minced garlic in a bowl.
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Stir the chicken-rice mixture and spoon it down the center of each tortilla, then top with half of the bean salsa and sprinkle with the cheese.
  10. Fold in the sides and roll up.
  11. Slice in half and serve with avocado, the remaining bean salsa and yogurt, if desired.

Well, not much is needed to be said after that recipe. I will see you all soon. Good night!