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The Ultimate Snack Burrito

Here is a fun little morsel that I put together tonight when I was looking for something to snack on, but didn’t want to cook anything.

PBJC BurritoAs a bachelor, I am constantly moving back and forth over the line of ‘to cook my food or to not cook my food’. I don’t have a family or significant other to cook for, so often times I’ve really got to be inspired to cook anything of note. The times I don’t cook, I’ll either just grab a bowl of cereal for dinner, or polish off a bag of Tostitos with a bowl of salsa, and maybe an apple so I can feel good about my decisions (don’t judge me).

When I come home from work and don’t want to do anything because my brain is mashed potatoes, there’s nothing wrong with a bowl of Ramen and a stick of string cheese. But then there are other times when culinary creativity strikes, but the need to go grocery shopping is close at hand and only remnants of what was once a plethora of choice cuisine remain.

It is in these times that bachelor creativity has the potential to shine the brightest! With only a few items in the cupboard and a willingness to try something new, things like this little jewell tend to emerge. There’s not much else to say about it, so I’ll just call it what it is.

The peanut butter, jelly, and Cheerio burrito.

I had in my cabinet a jar of creamy peanut butter, a box of cereal, and a package of tortillas. I took the jelly from the fridge and thought to myself, if I can enjoy a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, I’ll bet I can also enjoy a peanut butter and jelly burrito! But then I realized that that would just be a tortilla filled with goop. Delicious goop, but goop nonetheless. So I looked to my Cheerios to lend their substance to the otherwise formless and squishy concoction.

I know, I know, it sounds weird, but it’s a simple and delicious little snack wrap that’s both satisfying and healthy … well, at least satisfying! Incidentally, this is also a great portable snack to load up for kids on day trips and what not … probably. Just wrap it up in plastic or foil or something and it’s good to go!

There ya go. If you would like to try your hand at this strangely delicious spectacle of culinary oddity, you can find a “recipe” in the recipes section of the blog.

That’s all until next time!

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Burritos! For Breakfast!

Every once in a while, on my way to work I’ll swing by McDonald’s and get a couple of their sausage burritos for breakfast. They’re small, but they’re only a buck. The only issue (well, one of the issues) is that while it seems like a simple burrito – just sausage, cheese, eggs & peppers, I don’t really know what all is in there. I’m guessing that there’s a pretty good amount preservatives and fat in there that wouldn’t be there if I were to make my own.

Breakfast-Burrito

I know I said a good burrito doesn’t need a plate, but for the sake of showing the burrito innards, I’ve used a plate.

This got me to thinking. What if I just made a bunch of my own burritos and froze them. Then I could just pop one into the microwave before I leave for work, and voila! Instant breakfast! And that’s what I did.

Instead of using pork sausage, which naturally has a high fat content, I used ground turkey. It’s surprising, ground turkey, when it’s browned, has almost the exact same texture as hamburger. It tastes a bit different, but not much. Plus it’s naturally something like 95% lean. With the ground turkey, I used eggs, onions, green peppers, jalapenos, and shredded mild cheddar. It took about an hour and a half to cook everything and fold and wrap the burritos, but it was worth it. Sixteen frozen breakfast burritos can last quite a long time.

On a side note, about year ago, I was eating at Taco Bell fairly regularly, and as I would wait for them to prepare my order, I would watch them speedily fold their burritos. From that consistent and regular observation, I was able reverse-engineer their burrito fold and copy it. This method – I call it the air-tight seven fold burrito – makes sure that everything that’s inside the burrito stays inside the burrito. I’ve found it to be very effective. I’ve illustrated it for you, so you too can fold burritos like a boss!

If this idea has you inspired to do the same, you can find the recipe on the recipes section of the blog.

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