Veggie Burritos: Dinner-To-Go

Some things are unavoidable.  Like going straight from carpool, to a doctors appt. to one parent teacher conference, to home for 20 minutes, and then to a second parent teacher conference.   Sometimes, it’s necessary to grab some food and get going!

This dinner recipe, an alternative to picking up fast food, has saved us on so many nights.  From baseball games to church activities, we can grab a burrito out of the fridge, warm it in the microwave, and head to our meetings. (and it’s way healthier than a fast food restaurant!!)

Veggie Burritos: Dinner-To-Go. Burrito recipe for a dinner idea when you are on the go!

This works for our family, because I can make these burritos ahead of time. Here’s how that looks:

  • On days I know we’ll be busy, I make these burritos in the morning.
  • I wrap each burrito in wax paper or brown paper.Veggie Burritos: Dinner-To-Go. Burrito recipe for a dinner idea when you are on the go!
  • I keep the burritos in the fridge all day, wrapped in their paper.
  • Between stops, we run in and grab the burritos out of the fridge and heat them up.  We use the microwave, but if you don’t use a microwave, you’ll want about 20 minutes to heat them in an oven.  In the microwave, we heat them for 1 minute.
  • We eat the burritos in the car, or put them in a cooler (without ice, just to keep the heat in) and bring them to the ball game or the next stop.
  • I’ve made these with AND without meat, and the kids love them both.  They are super fast to make!
Veggie Burritos: Dinner-To-Go. Burrito recipe for a dinner idea when you are on the go!

Whole Wheat Vegetable-Bean-Meat Burritos Recipe

  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey (optional)
  • 1-2 cups of chopped onions and green peppers
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 TBL. Taco seasoning
  • 2 cups cooked pinto beans (pureed ahead with 2 TBL. Water)
  • 10 whole wheat tortillas

Cook ground turkey in skillet until browned.  Add onions and peppers and cook 2-3 more minutes, until tender.  Add the cooked rice, taco seasoning, and the pureed pinto beans to hold it altogether.

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Spoon ¼ cup of the mixture into the center of a whole wheat tortilla.  Top mixture with shredded lettuce and cheese (optional).  Roll tortilla like a burrito.  Place entire burrito on a hot skillet, sprayed with cooking spray, seam side down.  Cook burrito on the seam, until it seals.  Cook the other side to brown slightly.

Cool burritos slightly and then wrap in wax paper, brown paper, or foil.  Bring with you when you are on the go!

Veggie Burritos: Dinner-To-Go. Burrito recipe for a dinner idea when you are on the go!

 

Veggie Burritos: Dinner-To-Go. Burrito recipe for a dinner idea when you are on the go!

Veggie Burritos: Dinner-To-Go

Veggie Burritos: Dinner-To-Go
Serves: 4
  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey (optional)
  • 1-2 cups of chopped onions and green peppers
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 TBL. Taco seasoning
  • 2 cups cooked pinto beans (pureed ahead with 2 TBL. Water)
  • 10 whole wheat tortillas
Cook ground turkey in skillet until browned. Add onions and peppers and cook 2-3 more minutes, until tender. Add the cooked rice, taco seasoning, and the pureed pinto beans to hold it altogether. Spoon ¼ cup of the mixture into the center of a whole wheat tortilla. Top mixture with shredded lettuce and cheese (optional). Roll tortilla like a burrito. Place entire burrito on a hot skillet, sprayed with cooking spray, seam side down. Cook burrito on the seam, until it seals. Cook the other side to brown slightly. Cool burritos slightly and then wrap in wax paper, brown paper, or foil. Bring with you when you are on the go!
written by
Natalie Monson

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Comments(13)
dawn says:

these sound so perfect and yummy. what a great thing for a busy night. thanks Amy!!

marissa says:

oh yes, now I see…your food pics are AMAZING! I’ll give your advice a try! And I pretty much made those burritos the other night, except no rice, but I bet my kiddos would enjoy the rice to change it up!

Megan says:

I just found your blog while searching for meal planning tips. Wow – I love your site. It is so hard to find good recipes for my kids who have very different tastes. My daughter LOVES beans, so I bet she will love this recipe. Hopefully, little brother will too!

Gretta says:

I love the idea but I might suggest cooking the whole thing in the skillet and putting the lettuce in after, wilty lettuce just doesn’t do it for my kids. Sneaking in onions and peppers into the meat is genius as well, I try to get as much vegetables in things that I can hide under a tortilla as possible. Pizza, tacos, spaghetti, all are good avenues for hidden vegetables. Go Mom!

It looks and sound delicious. I’ll have to make the burrito completely closed in order to fool my kids into trying it. So are essentially frying it closed, just without using heavy oils?

Amy says:

Yes, it seals it shut!
They’ll like it! I promise 🙂

Tamara says:

Those sound delish! I’d have to add in those tomatoes and avocado in the bowl though, LOL. Or maybe even some salsa – yum!

Karin says:

Do you freeze these? Wondering how they would taste after freezing….

Shawna says:

Yummy! Thanks for sharing! I’m wondering have you tried quinoa instead of the rice? Would it go well with the taco seasonings?

Katrina says:

What kind of taco seasoning do you use?

Amy says:

Katrina- I use a recipe like this one: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/taco-seasoning-i/

@shawna! Yes, I think the quinoa would be a perfect substitute.
@karin ! Yes, we freeze and they taste great.

Amy says:

@karin- They actually do- As long as you protect them in freezer safe bags, they should taste great.

@shawna- I haven’t tried quinoa, but that would be super good.

Amy thomas says:

I do these as well for my kids on those on the go nights! I substitute spelt tortillas though, and then put in fresh made salsa and avocado. My kids do not come up for air 🙂

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