Since I’ve started eating more mindfully and being aware of just what I’m putting into my body I have started to try a lot of new vegetables. This was so that I could have variety in my diet and also to learn what kinds of wonderful things the plant kingdom offered to eat. I just got done cleaning up from dinner and I was putting some things away and couldn’t believe how many green things are sitting in my refrigerator. It really is a different view from the one I would have seen before I started making all of these changes.
One of the greater finds that I’ve had is yellow squash and zucchini. These are vegetables that I just couldn’t stand the thought of eating before I made a committed effort to eat vegetarian. Now, I am able to enjoy the sweetness and flavor that they bring to dishes I put them in. They’re still not my favorite but I can enjoy them like I never imagined I could. A week ago, I had a vegetarian burrito that included some squash and zucchini and I really enjoyed it. I decided to make my own version of it tonight.
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 large onion, diced
1 jalapeño, diced
2-3 bunches of green onion, chopped
1 yellow squash, halved and then sliced
1 zucchini, halved and then sliced
1 can black beans
1/4 tsp coriander seed
1/4 tsp cumin
hot salsa for filling and to top off burritos
1/2 cup spinach, washed and dried
whole wheat low carb, low-calorie tortillas
- Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium high heat
- Add onions and sauté until tender and translucent
- Add jalapeño and sauté for one minute more
- Add green onion, squash and zucchini. Stir together and heat thoroughly
- Add the black beans and stir to combine
- Add the cumin, coriander and salsa to the rest of the ingredients, stir
- After the filling is cooked, remove from heat and set aside.
- Heat the tortillas and add the filling. Add spinach to the filling.
- Roll the burrito and top with more salsa.
That’s all there is to it. It’s very easy and very tasty. Be sure not to over-fill the tortillas so that you can completely roll the burrito. With something like this, it’s actually safer to eat it with a knife and fork because it can get a little messy. I’ve found that the healthier tortillas aren’t as big as I’d like for burritos but they taste great. The tortillas I used had only 60 calories each and were whole wheat. I had two burritos and figure that the total calories of this meal may have topped 220 max. Combine that with a zero calorie Life Water and I’ll be good until morning with a very low-calorie dinner that’s full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. ¡Muy bueno!