If you know me, you know that for the past year and 4 months I have adapted to a new lifestyle of working out and eating healthier. I am not a health food fiend and I do splurge on the yummy essentials of life (in my world they are essentials) like cupcakes, candy, french fries, cheeseburgers, and burritos!!! But, for the most part, I like to eat healthy to keep the weight off and to feel better about myself. It has been a hard road, but I definitely DON'T want to gain back those 50lbs that I lost!!!! They can stay far far away! Since I love burritos ohhhhhh so much though, I went on a hunt for some really good, whole wheat tortillas. I finally found some that I absolutely LOVE and use them all the time! They are technically a "wrap", so the packaging states, but they are HIGH FIBER and LOW CARB....along with (the best part) being LOW CALORIE!!! Woot woot! Each tortilla (I am going to call them that) has only 71 calories and 12 grams of fiber!!! That means they will keep you full on a calorie budget! Triple woot to that! I have only found these awesome tortillas at WalMart Super Center, but I am sure they are hiding around some other stores.
Enough with the tortilla talk already....you know you're thinking that! ;) Ok, ok, so back to the reason for this post. I was making dinner the other night and grilled up some chicken on my "oh so wonderful George Forman grill" (best invention......EVER) and had defrosted 2 chicken breasts (for me, since the hubs doesn't like chicken.......picky picky picky.....). I seasoned them both to perfection and slapped them on the grill. I ate one for dinner and shredded the other for a burrito I was going to make for my lunch the next day. To accompany my yummy chicken I made some brown rice and steamed some veggies; instant rice that may be and a steamer bag of mixed veggies.....I roll the easy way! I threw the shredded chicken in a container along with some left over rice and veggies. I then chopped up some onion (I absolutely LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE onions, so you will see them in so many recipes....and garlic too, so don't be scerred! ;) ) threw in some cilantro (another fave) and called it a night! Well, actually, no I didn't.....I proceeded to make my burrito for the next day.
Next day at work, lunch time rolls around (my second favorite time of the day....with getting off work being my favorite time ;) ). I heat up my burrito and start to eat it. Sooooo delicious! I just had to take a picture and post it to Facebook. I got so many comments about how good it looked and people wanting to know what was in it. A dear friend, Marian, suggested that I start a cookbook.....I decided on a blog.....and tah dah......here I am, blogging to you about my burrito! So, here it is, the recipe for the appropriately titled: Blog Inspiring Burrito!!!
1 Thinly sliced chicken breast (approximately 4oz), shredded (cut in half after cooked)
1/3 cup cooked brown rice
1/3 cup steamed veggies (straight up from a steamer bag....if you want) I used a bag with broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots, but whatever veggies float your boat, go for it.
A few leaves of cilantro (I just plucked off the vine thing and threw them in. Since I love cilantro, I used a lot, but use as much or little as you prefer, or you can omit it all together if you don't like it)
Chopped onion (use as much or little as you want, just like with the cilantro)
1 slice pepper jack cheese, cut in half
1 Ole brand whole wheat tortilla wrap
Freshly ground pepper
-Season chicken breast however you like, but I used the onion, garlic, and chili powders and fresh ground pepper.
-Grill it up until the chicken is no longer pink on the inside.
-In the mean time, cook rice and veggies. Brown instant rice takes 10 minutes, which is 5 minutes longer than instant white rice (so get that started asap). I also added garlic and onion powder, as well as some pepper to the water before it boiled so that the rice had some flavor to it (told you I love onion and garlic)
-Chop onion and cut cheese slice in half
-Once chicken is done, shred as thick or thin as you want. You will only use about half of the chicken because the burrito is going to get fat, fast! So save the remainder of stuff for another burrito! :D Now that's a good idea! Those are the only kind I have! (Thank you to Grandma's Boy for that one!!!) *insert chuckle*
-Take tortilla and layer half a slice of cheese, meat, veggies (including onions and cilantro), rice, and top with other half slice of cheese.
-Now, carefully fold into a burrito. This is going to be difficult due to the plumpness of it, but with some patience, it CAN be done.
-If going to be eaten right away, then enjoy. If saving burrito for later, wrap in parchment paper (since it can be microwaved in this paper, unlike in foil). Heat for 1 1/2-2 minutes and enjoy!!!
Everyone always asks me where I bought the burrito and are surprised to hear I made it! It is sooooooooo yummy!!!!!! Take a look for yourself! :D
Best lunch ever! ;)
PS: Made another burrito with the leftovers tonight for dinner.....that is the answer to your question from the beginning of this post, in case you were wondering! ;)
Have a wonderful night everyone.....and an awesome weekend!!!!!!!