Frozen Burritos

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Lunch. Dinner. Lunch. Lunch. Dinner. 

I'm working a 4/10 schedule now (four days, ten hour days). I need to leave the house at 6 am and get home around 7 pm. After walking/jogging the dog, I don't have much time in the evening for cooking, baking, or much else. I keep meaning to make a menu plan...but often end up at Chipotle or zipping through the market for some to-go sushi.

Inspired by Tracy at Shutterbean, I made a batch of frozen burritos one Sunday afternoon. I often buy the Amy's Bean Burrito for $3 but they aren't spicy enough and are a little too big.

Frozen Burritos
Wrapped in parchment paper, these are ready to bring to work and nuke for lunch. Do you use blue painters tape in the kitchen? I use it all the time. Blue tape, parchment and a Sharpie (mark the date made) are staples in my kitchen.

Frozen Burritos
I made some brown rice and added salsa. I know, totally not authentic Spanish/Mexican rice with sauteed onions and tomatoes...but I was in a hurry.

I found this Frontera tomatillo sauce from Rick Bayless at my local Sprouts Market (it's very good). And I used these whole wheat flour tortilla. Tortillas come in a zillion shapes and sizes you can make these burritos big or small.

Frozen Burritos
I went to the Farmer's Market in the morning and picked up some fresh veggies. I roasted the zucchini, corn, and red pepper in the oven and let it cool off before making the burritos.

Frozen Burritos
I softened the tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds-1 minute (wrapped in damp towel) or you can steam them - depends on the size and type of tortilla. I filled mine with rice, black beans, roasted veggies, salsa, fresh cilantro (I should have chopped that cilantro a bit), black olives (I just love olives and could put them on anything...I know they usually aren't in burritos but these are MY burritos so they get olives :), and topped it with tomatillo and sriracha sauce (I was out of Cholula sauce). Of course, you can add cheese, meat, and lots of other goodies...just don't overfill or it won't close!

Freeze solid and microwave for 3 minutes on high when you are too tired to make lunch or dinner.
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Alexandria said... [Reply to comment]

This is a great idea! Did you try making any with meat (chicken or beef) inside?

Deborah said... [Reply to comment]

Does the frozen and then microwaved cilantro taste OK?

Trademark attorney said... [Reply to comment]

Oh my gosh what an excellent idea. There's one food I'll never get tired of - and now you tell me I can freeze them! Amazing.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

very nice idea and healthy too...saves a lot ot time!
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Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

What a great idea!!!! I will need to do this ...seems like it would be such a good thing for a quick easy dinner/lunch. Thanks for sharing!

connie said... [Reply to comment]

Super idea! I must try this. I bet they are tastier and much less expensive than buying individual frozen burritos.

Mavis said... [Reply to comment]

YES! I discovered this early this year! Great trick, love your version with all the veggies.

Sunshine said... [Reply to comment]

Mary...I love you and your blog. :)

Esi said... [Reply to comment]

These are such a good idea! I'll keep them in mind for work lunches.

South Bay Ladies' Tea Guild said... [Reply to comment]

I totally need to make these for my weekday work lunches! Pre-made frozen ones aren't that expensive, but they're not that good, either ...

Fork and Whisk said... [Reply to comment]

This is a great idea. Wish I would have thought of it.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Give quickie direction for roasting your corn, zucchini and red peppers

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