Saturday, January 31, 2009

Got anything good to eat?

You're home from school and you are one hungry person, aren't you? What to eat? Chips? Candy bar? No. If you're going to eat something, make it at least a little healthy. How about a fast, fried burrito? Here's the easy recipe:

Take a flour tortilla and a can of refried beans. Smear a few tablespoons of beans on the tortilla. Then sprinkle some shredded cheese over the top - doesn't matter what kind.

Now add any of these that sound good to you:

chopped onions
black olives
chopped green chilis
picante sauce
sour cream

Or if you want to get wild, try any of one these:

chopped pickles
tuna fish
leftover stir-fry rice
french fries
spaghetti sauce
scrambled eggs

Hey, be bold, you never know what kind of a great dish you'll be inventing!

Now fold the sides over about an inch, and roll them up length-wise.

Repeat once or twice more until you think you'll have enough burritos to get rid of that growling belly.

The best part is next. Get a frying pan and melt a little butter or oil or both - about one tablespoon coating the bottom of the pan - and add the rolled up, stuffed tortillas to the pan. Fry over medium-low heat until the bottom is lightly browned, then flip and brown that side. Frying them makes all the difference in yummy factor.

You can slice these up as snacks to dip in picante sauce or sour cream. Or you can just wrap them up in a paper towel and munch on them whole while you're reading that great new ebook you just got. Nom nom. Have a glass of milk with that, and maybe an apple to munch on after and you're good for a few hours.

Don't worry if you make too many burritos to eat in one sitting. They're pretty filling. Just save the leftovers and take one to school tomorrow.

What's your favorite tasty, easy-to-make, and healthy after-school favorite? Leave us a comment. We just might just put together a little Teen Foods recipe book if we get lots of great ideas to share.


Anne Carter said...

We have a spinoff of the burrito thing. In our house, we always have tortillas and cheese on hand for quick quesadillas. If you don't overdo it, cheese is a great protein food. We mix it up by adding whatever is around: chopped cilantro (Yum!) leftover chicken (chopped or shredded), maybe even some chopped veggies.

Quickest is just the fold-over-and-microwave routine, but sometimes we heat it just til melted in a frying pan with tiny bit of butter.

Sour cream, mango salsa or guacamole---I'm there!


Norm Cowie said...

Beer? Oh, wait. Forgot where I was.

(erase,erase, hit 'publish' by accident)


Pam Ripling said...

What Norm meant to say is Beer Bread

3 cups flour (sifted)
3 teaspoons baking powder (omit if using Self-Rising Flour)
1 teaspoon salt (omit if using Self-Rising Flour)
1/4 cup sugar
1 (12 ounce) can beer
1/2 cup melted butter (1/4 cup will do just fine)

Preheat the over to 375
Mix the stuff together except melted butter, which you pour over the top after you pour the glop into your pan.

Bake it for an hour, remove from pan and cool.

Why beer? Why, it's the yeast, of course! And flat beer works as well, so I hear.

Due to the alcoholic aspect of the recipe, "your parents have to help you put it together."


Norm Cowie said...

Yeah, that's it. Nice save.