Sometimes you just need meals that are easy prep and quick. Bean Burritos can be easy to throw together, healthy with the right toppings, on the go, and frugal. How is that not a winner?
Quality Ingredients and Low Cost Tips
The ideal way to make any meal is to make it as fresh as possible.
- You can make and freeze black beans ahead of time by using dry beans. In a pinch, use canned black beans. Check the label for sodium and additives.
- Make and freeze rice ahead of time with this easy recipe. You won’t know the difference.
- Use fresh mashed avocado rather than pre-made guacamole. It is cheaper and healthier.
- Buy greens on sale. Whole Foods has great bags of organic salad for low everyday prices. I love the spring mix.
- Shred your own cheese.
- Buy and stock up on salsa when it’s on sale.
- Save time – Buy flour tortillas.
- Save money – make your own flour tortillas. It’s easy but time consuming.
- 2 cups or 1 can black beans, pre-cooked – if using canned, drain first, retaining 1/4 can liquid.
- Cooked rice – (2 cups uncooked, made per instructions on label)
- 4 large flour tortillas or 6 small
- Favorite Salsa
- Lettuce or salad greens
- 1 cup shredded cheese (monterey jack, colby, cheddar, Mexican blend)
- 1 Avocado
- Juice from 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- Cook rice or if using pre-made rice, heat rice.
- Add chili powder, beans and retained liquid or 1/8 cup water
- Mash avocado with lemon juice
- Lay tortillas on plates.
- Spread a thin layer of avocado over the center of the tortilla.
- Add a heaping pile of rice and beans.
- Add shredded cheese.
- Add lettuce.
- Add salsa.
- Wrap and serve.
Wrap in foil to eat on the go. Bean Burritos make great meals when life is a little crazy with sports and travel.
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