Sunday, October 5, 2008

Vegetarian Burritos with Brown Jasmine Rice

1 can fat free vegetarian refried beans
1/2 small onion, diced and gently sauteed in a bit of canola oil
2 heaping spoonfuls of salsa
Flour tortillas or whole wheat tortillas

Toppings of your choice:
Diced tomatoes
Chopped cilantro
Avocado slices
Chopped lettuce
Diced onions
Sour cream
Black olives
More salsa
Hot sauce

You choose!

Dice and sautee the onions over low-medium heat until soft. Add in 2 spoonfuls of salsa and stir. Add in 1 can refried beans and mix to combine. Continue to heat over low heat, stirring often, for about 10 mins.
Cook 1 cup brown jasmine rice according to package. The keys is to use exact amounts of water to rice. Brown rice usually takes longer to cook, so allot about 30 minutes total cooking time for the brown rice. Once the brown rice has been cooking over the lowest heat setting you have for about 20 minutes, DO NOT REMOVE THE LID. Turn the heat off and let the rice sit for an additional 10 minutes.

Compose your burrito by warming your tortilla in the microwave for about 10 seconds & putting a layer of the vegetarian beans, rice, cheese (optional), tomatoes, cilantro, lettuce, avocado, hot sauce and whatever else you like!

Roll it up and have some napkins handy!

You can put your burrito under your oven's broiler for 1-2 minutes to get a crispy browned outer shell, if you'd like! I like mine with tons of hot & spicy salsa on top.

Different spins:
1) Add shredded chicken breast!
2) Use black beans instead of fat-free refried beans!
3) Use white jasmine rice instead of brown (it is easier to cook!)
4) If you want, put a little canola oil in a non-stick pan and get a crispy crust on the burrito by wrapping it up, placing seam side down on medium heat for 3-5 mins on first side and 1-2 mins on second side.
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