Super Burrito-A Great Portable and Tasty Meal-on-the-Go
Around the Sarr household we are always trying to make our food healthier in some way as we move away from the Standard American Diet (SAD). Last spring we became a soccer family. It changed the way I thought about preparing dinners. If we were going to eat good, homemade food, it had to be portable because we had games right in the middle of dinnertime. I couldn’t bare the thought of eating out twice a week for two months, or eating really late, or spending a bunch on eating out because “rack-rack”. Eating out really adds up. I wanted to avoid the Taco Bell drive-thru, because in Marysville, we don’t have many healthy fast food options (although I just saw a sign for a new eatery that serves organic sandwiches I’m gonna have to check out soon). Taco Bell is about as good as a drive-thru gets here (I get the Fresco Burrito there if we go-it contains no cheese and has fresh ingredients like tomatoes, onions, and cilantro).
These super burritos are SUPER flexible and super filing! I love making these burritos out of leftovers, whether it’s beans, brown rice or Mexican rice, guacamole, salsa, dairy-free cheese sauce, or chicken. You can prep the food beforehand the day before or the day of in anticipation of making a burrito assembly line. And you can make these and freeze, omitting the fresh produce. They are made easily vegetarian/vegan with the use of beans. I won’t be really precise with these directions since what I have on hand always varies, and it’s usually a spoonful of this and a handful of that.
I wanted to try to incorporate a portable salad with our meal so I thought I would stuff the burritos with fresh lettuce and tomatoes, along with some onions and maybe guacamole. Then I feel like we are getting our veggies in on-the-go, and that the kids have a complete meal in their hands.
So I do have one cheat here if you call it a cheat. I don’t make my own tortillas. Nope! I buy them. So this isn’t a completely homemade meal. I know most people buy them, but if you make them, I will try to not be jealous:). I will just look on with great admiration. There’s nothing like a fresh homemade tortilla. I did make them once about five years ago and found them to be a bit labor intensive. The way we go through them, I didn’t think making them on a regular basis would be the best use of my time, especially considering I make most other things from scratch. Maybe I should try making them again, and I’d be more efficient?!?
Anyway, when we make these ginormous burritos, I buy the huge extra-large wraps at WinCo. They are whole wheat, but they also have several ingredients I am not excited about. If you find a healthier extra-large wrap alternative, I’d love to hear about them in a comment. I know I could use smaller, healthier tortillas, but they don’t wrap very well. We could also just omit the tortillas and use a bowl, too. We do have these Eco Silicone Collapsible Lunch Boxes that work well for traveling. But we like tortillas. what can I say?
**Update 11/14. Seriously the day after I posted this, I found these “Mountain Bread Natural Wraps” in the natural section in Fred Meyer (it’s a Kroger Store). They only have 4 ingredients, vegan, dairy-free. I bought them and need to try them now.
Want more meals-on-the-go? I plan to share more portable meals in the future. Sound like a plan?
Super Burrito-Meal on the Go
- tortillas (I use huge whole wheat tortilla wraps), heated
- protein: a can of cooked beans, or shredded pork, beef or chicken, heated
- Mexican rice, heated
- lettuce, chopped
- 2 tomatoes chopped
- 1/4 onion, chopped
- avocado, diced, optional
- cheese, or vegan cheese sauce, optional
- hot sauce or salsa, optional
- Take a tortilla, and place a spoonful in the center of each of the following: protein (beans or meat), rice, lettuce, tomatoes, and guacamole. Top with onions, cheese, and sauce or salsa.
- Slightly fold in sides toward the center, and roll up the contents in the tortilla.
- Repeat, and place burritos in your favorite portable container, foil or plastic wrap. I try not to use the latter 2, but in a pinch, it's better to use than eating out.