Thursday, February 24, 2011

Lunch Box Burritos

Snack food and pre-made lunches are so expensive and bad for you.  So is the drive-thru.  And for adults and kids alike, that have to tote a lunch to school or work, sandwiches get boring.  What if we had a treat for that lunch box that WASN'T full of preservatives, WASN'T over-priced and ACTUALLY tasted good?  Here's your answer:  Lunch Box Burritos.  Make up a batch, keep them in your freezer and you'll have an anytime snack, lunch or quick supper.  They are good cold, or easily warmed up if you have a microwave handy.  I wrap them in a plain white paper towel, and then a square of foil.  Simply remove the foil and pop in the microwave for about a minute.  You can skip the paper towel and wrap them in foil only if you'd prefer to heat them in the oven.  Serve them topped with salsa, chili or cheese sauce for supper, or leave it wrapped in foil and eat it on the go.  No matter how you prefer to do it, these Lunch Box Burritos are the perfect answer to the Lunch Box Blues.
The Lunch Box Burrito Line-Up
Brown ground beef and drain. 
Add refried beans, enchilada sauce and water.
Add spices and seasonings.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat
and simmer covered for 20 minutes.
Warm tortillas in the microwave. 
Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of filling down
the center of each tortilla.
Sprinkle with cheese.
Roll up burrito, then wrap in paper towel.
Wrap in foil.
Repeat 11 more times!
Here they are, ready for the freezer!
Remove foil and heat frozen burrito
in the microwave for about 1 minute.

This recipe was shared on Basilmomma's Budget & Freezer Meal Link-Up
(For every recipe shared in this post, Basilmomma graciously donated 1 pound of food to her local food bank.  ConAgra was gracious enough to match her donations.  Great job Heather!!!

Lunch Box Burritos
1 pound lean ground beef
1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
1 can (10 ounces) enchilada sauce
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons dried minced onion
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
salt to taste
1/4 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
12 medium-sized flour tortillas
1 package shredded Mexican cheese

In a large skillet, brown ground beef; drain.  Add next 8 ingredients; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.  Heat tortillas in microwave until warm and flexible.  Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of filling down center of tortilla.  Sprinkle with shredded cheese.  Roll up.  Wrap each burrito in a white paper towel, then foil.  Refrigerate or freeze.  Eat burritos cold, or remove foil and microwave for about 1 minute.

Prep Time:  Approximately 25 minutes     Cook Time:  Approximately 20 minutes

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