Thursday, May 24, 2012

Homemade Freezer Burritos

Aaah! Summer is calling my name to be outside. It's so beautiful this time of year. But there is so much to do! 
Strawberry patch fenced and netted. Check!
Garden planted. Check! 
Grape arbor built. Check! 
Grapes and Roses planted....not yet!
Weeds...check and check and check, but never done...
And I won't even mention the watering...

I love living on a large lot, but it sure makes for a lot of yard work.

So in case you need some time savers right now like I do, here's a great recipe that I recently discovered for freezer burritos. These things are great to have on hand to pull out for a quick lunch or on the go dinner. 

We used them just the other day at the school carnival (and my husband and I couldn't stand the thought of trying to gag down cold hot dogs they were trying to sell..). So I ran home, warmed up some of these guys and we ate them instead. A lot of people were looking at us like, "Um...which booth are they selling those at?"

Brandon has also taken them on camp outs. It's nice because they're already wrapped in foil. Just stick them over some hot coals and turn them until they smell done. They work great.

Homemade Freezer Burritos
Printable Recipe

Tortillas - here's some of our favorite whole grain homemade tortillas
Aluminum Foil
And your choice of filler ingredients. The more variety, the better they are:
Mexican Black Beans
Refried Beans
Hot sauce
Rice - Make spanish rice, use plain brown or white rice
Other Grains - use white quinoa or another cooked grain of your choice!
Grated cheese
Fresh chopped cilantro
Canned corn, drained
Cooked taco beef or chicken (optional)
sour cream/yogurt/ranch dressing

First wrap 5 or 6 tortillas in a damp dishtowel and microwave for 1 minute. This makes them easier to fold.

On a large sheet of aluminum foil, layer the tortilla with your choice of refried beans, Mexican Black Beans, hot sauce, salsa, rice, grated cheese, fresh chopped cilantro, canned corn, cooked taco beef or chicken (optional), and sour cream/yogurt/ranch dressing.

Then fold up the tortilla in burrito fashion.

Next cover with the foil, being careful not to get the foil in between the burrito or it will freeze that way, making it difficult to remove before microwaving.

Label and freeze! That's it. This is a great way of using leftovers that you have in the fridge already.

When you are ready to eat the frozen burrito, just unwrap it from the foil. Then wrap it in a damp paper towel and microwave on high for 3 minutes.

Recipe Source: Adapted from this shutterbean recipe

We also like to make them enchilada style. Just lower the cooking time in the microwave to 2.5 minutes, top with your choice of enchilada sauce and cheese and stick under the broiler for a minute or two until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Yum!

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