Meal Planning: Chicken and Black Bean Burritos
Apr. 1, 2010 5:16 am
Updated: Apr. 1, 2010 7:56 am
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?
Quinn: What's for dinner?
Me: Absolutely no idea. What do you want?
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
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.
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.