Saturday, November 15, 2008

Finally! A Recipe With No Sugar OR Chocolate

As promised, here is one of my go-to recipes for insanely busy nights when you're sick of takeaway pizza and the drive-thru menu at Wendy's.

And it's a hell of a lot more healthy as well.

I could probably even trust my teen-aged sons to make this one. Probably.

Red Bean and Cheese Burritos
(from The Perfect Pantry, inspired from Zatarain's website.)

(Add some leftover beef or chicken or even pork if you wish).

3 1/4 cups water
1 pkg. red beans and rice mix
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
1 cup salsa (hot or mild, your preference)
1 1/2 cups guacamole
8 flour tortillas


Place water and red beans and rice mix in a 2-qt. glass bowl. Stir to combine, cover with plastic wrap, and place in the microwave. Cook for 8 minutes on full power, then 12 minutes on medium power, stirring occasionally. The water should be mostly, but not entirely, absorbed. If it's too watery, cook on full power, one minute at a time, as needed. Remove from the microwave and set aside for 5 minutes.

Stir half the cheese into the rice and beans.

Heat the tortillas on a plate in microwave for a few seconds. Place each tortilla on a plate; top with beans and rice mixture and shredded cheese, and add salsa and guacamole. Roll up and serve.

**I made the beans and rice mix on the stovetop, per instructions on the box, then proceeded with the recipe as seen here.

It's good, cheap, and easy!

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