Heart Healthy Burrito Recipe

Burritos are usually a meal that people associate with fast food.  But you can make healthy burritos at home to enjoy.  This is a recipe that’s been designed for my Fitfluential friend Danielle.  She’s surprising her Dad with a bunch of heart healthy information for Valentine’s Day since he recently suffered a stroke.  Plus it’s heart month so what better time for all of us to think about our health.

They key to making this a healthy dish is the swaps.  Here’s the veggie burrito recipe and read to the end for all the swaps.

Vegetarian Burrito Recipe

  • 2 cups cooked black beans (cook them from dry instead of canned!)
  • 3/4 cup frozen corn
  • 1 large green pepper chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 10 large whole wheat wraps
  • chopped lettuce
  • Toppings: avocado, plain yogurt, salsa

Cook the rice and set aside.  Cook the beans and set aside.  In a large skillet heat the oil.  Saute chopped onions 2-3 minutes on medium heat.  Add chopped green peppers and saute 2-3 minutes.  Add garlic powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper and stir until all the veggies are coated.  Then add the water, beans, and frozen corn.  Turn the heat down to low-medium and simmer for 10 minutes.

Now layer and layer and layer!  Then wrap.

(Note in the above picture I am very sad that I did not have salsa, I’ve dribbled a bit of sriracha on it).

Here’s how we made it healthy:

Swap white wraps for whole wheat wraps.

Swap the meat for beans.

Make sure you bulk it up with the veggies – green peppers, onions, and lettuce.

Swap white rice for brown.

Swap sour cream for plain yogurt.

Swap guacamole for plain avocado.

Take out the cheese, no cheese.  You’ll live I promise.

Caution!!!  When picking a salsa make sure the first ingredient is tomatoes.  You want to look for a jar that is low in salt and sugar and their related ingredients.

Et voila you have a healthy burrito.  And delicious, I promise.  MMMMmmm :)

PS … speaking of Valentine’s Day, check out my Sexy Date Night Makeup article on Blissfully Domestic.

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