Friday, 20 June 2014

Burrito Delights!! Yummy and PORTABLE

When it comes to quick, easy, portable, versatile and delicious food, burritos are 
where it’s at! The best part of burritos is that you really can’t go wrong... just think 
of your favourite combinations of veggies, beans, rice, potatoes, meat, they can 
pretty much all be wrapped up in a burrito shell or pita wrap and taste amazing. It's 
all about getting creative and finding different ways to wrap up breakfast, lunch or 
supper. We've got a few simple recipe ideas here for you to start with.

Breakfast burrito

For this burrito you will need veggies (try red and green peppers, corn, spinach, onions), eggs, cheese (optional), and sauce kind of sauce, like salsa, hot sauce, or guacamole.

• Finely chop your veggies into about 1cm (1/2 inch)  cubes and toss them in a frying pan on low-med heat, with just a bit of oil. Lightly sautéed the veggies until they are just a bit softened.

• While the veggies cook, crack your eggs into a small bowl (2 eggs per person is usually a good size portion) and whisk.

• Add the eggs to the frying pan with the veggies and scramble the whole mixture the same way you would scramble eggs

• Warm your burrito while you scramble this mixture, you can either do this in the microwave, or just lay the burrito shell over the mixture in the frying pan, kind of like a lid. Once its warm, place on a plate and put your sauce down the middle then add a layer of grated cheese.

• Remove the frying pan from the heat and layer the scrambled egg-veggie mix in the burrito shell on top of the cheese and sauce. Wrap it up and voila! A hearty breakfast to go

Salad Wrap

This is a good option when you’re not looking for a light lunch or supper, but you want something that feels satisfying. You will need:

• a burrito shell or large pita wrap

• a bowl to mix your salad in

• salad dressing of your choice and any other spreads you might like, such as hummus, cream cheese or mustard

• salad ingredients-get creative, think olives, artichokes, seeds and nuts, plus the usual veggies like tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, peppers and fresh greens like spinach, lettuce or arugula

• a touch of hot sauce can also be great in these, for those people who like a bit of spice!

In the bowl, combine all your salad ingredients and toss with your dressing. Layer your spread(s) on the pita or wrap. Scoop your tossed salad onto the open wrap.

Top with hot sauce (if you like) and wrap it all up. Fresh, tasty, and portable.

Hearty Bean Burrito

This is the most like the traditional mix we think of when we think of burritos. The trick to keeping this one interesting is mixing up what you add to your bean mixture as well as what you use for your base.

Bean Mix: 

• Fry some thinly sliced onions and finely chopped garlic in a pan with a bit of oil. If you like, you can toss in some thinly sliced peppers or mushrooms at this point.

• Add a can of beans (black beans, kidney beans, refried beans, and even chickpeas all work fine) to the pan, as well as a dash of salt and pepper, and spice such as cumin or a chipotle sauce.

• Smoosh the mixture a bit with the back of a fork to clump it together, you can also add things like some frozen or fresh corn, or some canned tomatoes.

Rice or Potato Base:

• While you are preparing your bean mix, choose and prepare the base you want for your burrito. Two easy options are rice or potatoes

• Rice is easy, just cook according to the directions on the package

• For the potatoes, we find it’s easiest to chop the potatoes (about half a smallish potato per burrito) into about 1 inch cubes, then boil them until they are tender (so that you can easily spike through the cube with a fork). Drain the potatoes in a strainer in the sink. You can either just add these to the burrito plain, fry them lightly in a pan with a bit of oil (sesame oil adds a nice flavor) or fry them with a bit of your bean mixture.

Other toppings: 

• Lettuce or spinach, chopped into thin strips

• Diced tomatoes

• Lime: add just a squirt of either fresh lime or lime juice as a final touch

• Salsa

• Sour cream

• Grated cheese

Once your bean mixture and starch base are all ready, heat up your burrito shell. Layer the rice or potato base on the bottom, then a layer of bean mix, then toppings of your choice. The only problem you’ll have with this one is being able to close the wrap around all the yummy ingredients you've tried to fit into one wrap!!

Burritos are a great way to make your meal portable, but one important tip when you’re planning on bringing one for lunch to school or work: keep your filling separate from the burrito shell. We often find that when you wrap it all together and let it sit for more than a few minutes, things can get soggy. Instead, try putting your filling in a reusable container and packing the burrito shell separately until you’re ready to eat.

The final tip, how to wrap a burrito like a pro! 

• Layer all your ingredients down the middle, trying to leave about one and a half inches of space at one end.

• Fold up the bottom half

• Fold one side over the ingredients in the middle. It can be helpful to tuck the ingredients in as you fold the wrap over. The shell should now be folded over the bottom part of the shell you tucked up first, as well as the filling.

• Finally, fold the opposite side over. You should have one open end at the top. If you don’t want it to be open, simply just fold in both the top and bottom ends for your first fold.

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