Wednesday, September 14, 2011

0 Burritos! Another quick meal....

A friend of mine sent me a video of Jamie Oliver yesterday giving a speech at the TED Conference. It was very inspiring. He's working to teach Americans how to cook again, to help save lives, to educate our children on what real food is and how to cook also. I was shocked that school children didn't know what a tomato, cauliflower, beets, eggplants or even potatoes were!  Check out the video - click here. 

The reasons that Jamie is doing what he's doing is the same reason that I started this blog. Please continue reading, send in comments and questions. Obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer are killing us – and many of them can be cured by cutting out processed foods, eating more real food, whole food, local and in season foods. Thanks, George for sending me that video – it makes me want to spread the word all that much more! Really cooking from scratch isn't that hard, doesn't take that long, it can help you lead a healthy lifestyle and loose weight.

Burritos are a quick, easy and versatile meal. You can have them with beans and/or meat (or textured vegetable protein), add lettuce, avocado, tomatoes, sour cream, salsa, cheese, etc. As a matter of fact, you can make them fairly bland (cut the jalapenos out) and let everyone make their own by putting all of the sides on separate dishes and letting them add what they want. A lot of store bought tortillas are unhealthy, they contain a lot of lard – please check the labels carefully, buy whole-wheat and don't eat too many!

Black bean burritos
2 Tbl olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
½ red bell pepper, chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 jalapeno, minced
1 tsp cumin
1 15 oz can black beans (low sodium), drained and rinsed*
3 oz cream cheese, cubed
½ tsp salt
2 Tbl fresh cilantro, chopped

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil, onion, pepper, jalapeno and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes stirring occasionally. Pour beans into skillet and add cumin, cook for 3 minutes. Add cream cheese and salt. Cook for 2 minutes, stir in cilantro.

You can heat the tortillas in the microwave for about 25-30 seconds each, spoon mixture into tortillas, add sides and wrap. Makes 2 burritos, serves 2 people.

Not only is the burrito versatile in the toppings, avocado, salsa, etc - but you can add other ingredients to the filling too like spinach, cooked brown rice, corn, etc. 

*You can substitute ½ lb chicken or ground beef for beans – if you do, omit the cream cheese

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