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Meal Planning: Chicken and Black Bean Burritos 
Apr. 1, 2010 5:16 am 
Updated: Apr. 1, 2010 7:56 am

Chicken and Black Bean Burritos

It's one of those crazy weeks and my meal planning only got as far as Nancy's birthday dinner last night. So, when I picked Quinn up for school today, after exchanging the usual pleasantries:

Me: How was school?
Quinn: Kind of a busy day, you?
Me: Same.
Quinn: What's for dinner?
Me: Absolutely no idea. What do you want?
Quinn: Burritos.
Me: Cool, burritos it is.

Let me say first that, from a health perspective, making decisions like this on the fly is not a good idea. One of the best ways to keep yourself on track is to plan your meals, especially the main meal of the day, in advance. If you have a number of meals planned and the ingredients on hand you are much less likely to fall into the "there's nothing good in the house" trap that leads to too much take-out or other bad decisions.

That said, our pantry is pretty well stocked and when Quinn said burritos, I knew I had nearly everything on hand that I would need. I had both chicken and turkey in the freezer. I considered going a more traditional ground meat route with the turkey, then recalled reading about pulled chicken. I thought it would be fun to try it in a burrito.

I braised the chicken in a combination of onion, garlic, red chilies, jalapeno, cilantro, lime and orange juice. While the meat braised, I put together some black beans (Follow the link for the recipe. I made a half batch and substituted chipotle powder for cayenne.) and some pico de gallo (look for that recipe tomorrow) to go with it. I also chopped up some lettuce, tomato and celery to use as a bed. I topped the burritos with a tablespoon of light sour cream, the pico and 1/8 cup of reduced fat Mexican cheese blend.

I loved how it came out. The chicken had the zing of the citrus, the beans gave a smokey flavor and the pico packed some heat. All this was cooled by the sour cream, cheese and salad bed. It all worked out to only 377 calories with 9 grams of fat and 10 of fiber.

Let's eat!

Get the recipe at Fight the Fat Foodie.

Deal of the Day: Have you ever considered making your own tortillas? I'm looking at this tortilla press and considering trying it.
Apr. 1, 2010 6:03 am
Looks delicious! We had pulled chicken enchiladas last night, with spinach in the mix - not bad at all! And, I forgot to bring the cheese out of the fridge to sprinkle over them! I'll be waiting for the pico de gallo recipe - I love that stuff!
Apr. 1, 2010 7:56 am
Oh man.....that looks scrumptious. I love doing fast, quick and healthy meals like this. In our house it's sports season and so I need ideas like this for game nights and late practice nights.
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