Vegetarian Burritos

We love to eat Mexican food around here. We rarely eat meat at home these days, so we have come up with a delicious taco/burrito filling that is packed with nutrition and just as yummy as the meat-filled counterparts. This is a very flexible recipe - feel free to add vegetables in according to what's in your refrigerator! If your family is not used to meatless meals, try adding in a small portion of ground beef along with the quinoa. This makes an easy go-to meal at our house because I always have these things on hand.


Vegetarian Taco/Burrito Filling

2 tablespoons coconut or olive oil
1 large onion, roughly chopped
2 bell peppers, roughly chopped
1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup water
2 cups black beans
1 can diced tomatoes, well drained
2 tablespoons taco seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-2 garlic cloves, minced

Heat oil over medium low heat and saute chopped onions and peppers until just tender. Bring water to a boil in saucepan and add in quinoa. Cover, reduce to simmer and cook until water is absorbed. To quinoa, add black beans, tomatoes, taco seasoning, salt, and garlic. Stir to mix. Add sauteed vegetables and stir. Serve in burritos topped with greens, cheese, and salsa (along with whatever other toppings you love).

*Soaked option: To boost the digestibility and nutrition of the quinoa, soak it for 8-24 hours. In a bowl, combine 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup quinoa, and 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice or kefir. Stir to combine and leave covered on counter. When ready to use, bring 1/2 cup additional water to boil in a saucepan and add in the soaked quinoa mixture. Cover and simmer until water is absorbed.

*Quickie tip: Soak and cook a large batch of dry beans to use later. Freeze them in two cup portions and thaw the morning before use or pressure can the beans to store them in your pantry. I like to make a big batch of beans about once a week to have on hand for easy use. If you use canned beans for this recipe, adjust the salt because canned beans will have more sodium than the salt-free beans used in creating this recipe.