The sourdough starter is on the table as I drained off several cups to make my bread, rolls, and muffins for the week. I trade loaves of bread for fresh produce, milk, cheese or eggs with some hobby farmer folks I know so I always make extra.
Wild Yeast Sourdough Beer Bread
With it being super busy, the last couple of weeks I had been toting an Amy's Organic burrito to the office, as it's quick and nothing around work is cheap to eat at. That with a homemade oatmeal and raisin cookie and an apple I'm set as they are very filling. Then I realized, I was spending about $40 for lunch for two weeks and they are HIGH in sodium, as is most processed food. I can DIY that.
So my goal today was to come up with a healthy, low sodium, high protein frozen burrito that was as tasty and healthy as the Amy ones. I think I did OK and husband gave them two thumbs up.
Cowboy Crooner Hot Sauce (or your favorite MILD hot sauce, if using a hotter sauce, use just a teaspoon) to 3 cans of drained and rinsed pinto beans which I had simmering with 1/2 cup water, 1/2 a chopped onion and some fresh garlic (optional, use bell peppers if you don't like garlic or onion). Simmer til the beans are softening and the liquid is gone. On medium heat about 15-20 minutes.
Using some store brand generic whole wheat tortillas (fajita sized) I started assembling when the rice and beans were cool to the touch (so the tortilla doesn't get soggy) using a generous 1/3 cup each of beans and rice and about 1/4 cup veggie cheddar style cheese. You can add a bit of green or red chili sauce, but I kept mine simple so it didn't drip on my desk while I work.
In a little over an hour, most of which was rice cooking time, I had eight lunch sized burritos and six smaller breakfast burritos. The cost was less than $8 and most of that was the tortillas. Buying the same amount of Amy's burritos would have been $56 at our nearest health food store price.
The larger burritos are about 400 calories with close to 20 grams of protein and very little sodium since I used low sodium beans and rinsed them thoroughly.
These will go into the freezer.
DIY - not because you have to, but because it feels good to do something yourself and come up with a cheaper, reduced sodium meal that you love.