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.