We cook Mexican food often. The Permanent Roommate isn’t Mexican and neither am I, we just love Mexican food. There isn’t a time we won’t eat Mexican.
For example, another dad friend of mine told a story the other day on the playground about his wife asking him to go to lunch, for tacos, but he’d already eaten. He said he didn’t go and felt bad about it. I said I felt bad because he passed up a chance at a taco. I don’t care if I’ve already eaten four lunches (I’ve done it) I’d never pass up a taco.
Anyway, we were eating these Cilantro Lime Pork Burritos the other night and The Kid asked: “when are we gonna have those just bean ones?” He was referring to the Veggie Bean Burritos that PR makes. When my kid ASKS for vegetables, it’s like Haley’s Comet or sex after marriage, it doesn’t happen often SO WE HAVE TO BE READY.
So here’s a simple bean burrito recipe that will trick kids into eating avocado, tomatoes, beans and a couple other items that aren’t so bad.
Veggie Bean Burrito Recipe
1 cup of rice
2 cups of black beans
3/4 cup of salsa
1 ripe avocado
shredded cheddar cheese
whole wheat tortillas
salt & pepper
Cook 1 cup brown rice. When done mix in the salsa and set aside. Rinse the black beans and put into a bowl. Add salt & pepper and the juice of a lime to beans. Preheat a griddle or any pan really and spray with cooking spray.
Lay out 5-6 whole wheat tortillas. Spoon the rice, beans, cheddar cheese and sliced avocado onto the wrap. Wrap up and cook on the griddle for about 2 minutes per side until brown and crispy.
A Few Notes
Great with sour cream and also fantastic if you add grilled chicken to the burritos.
This recipe is simple enough that the kids can actually help make the burritos. Just don’t let them fold. It’s a clusterfuck. They go from burritos to bean balls once little hands start folding and pressing.
When the kid asks what the green stuff is, tell him or her that it’s the same stuff that turned the Hulk, into the Hulk. If they stop eating because they’ve realized they’ve been fooled just yell “YOU EAT!” like the Hulk and shove it in their open mouth. Then crash through a wall and never go home again. They’ll be fine without you.
As always, experiment with the salsa. In the burritos. Don’t go experimenting with salsa for other stuff. It won’t cure much.
I took the leftover burrito and added an easy over egg. It’s great for breakfast. Also great for breakfast — sleeping longer. Maybe even sleeping until lunch.