Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Beef & Sweet Potato Burritos with Easy Rice

This is one of my favorite quick Thursday night recipes (when I'm too tired to cook something fancy). Adding the sweet potato makes the burrito filling go a long way.

Serves 4 (with lunch leftover the next day)
Under $20 for the whole meal!

Ingredients
  • 1 Large Organic Sweet Potato cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 Large Organic Onion - Diced and Divided (1/2 for the potatoes, 1/2 for condiment)
  • 1 Clove Garlic - Diced or Pressed
  • 1 lb Oregon Country Beef (or your closest substitute)
  • 4 oz cheddar or pepperjack cheese - shredded
  • 1.5 cups organic white rice
  • 16 oz Organic Salsa - Divided (1/2 for the rice & 1/2 for condiment)
  • 1 large Organic Tomato - Diced
  • 1/4 lb Organic Salad Greens
  • Organic Whole Wheat Tortillas (10 ct)
  • From the cupboard/pantry - Olive oil, cumin powder, chili powder, 1x15 oz can black beans
Directions

  1. In a 2 qt saucepan heat up 1 Tbls olive oil and throw in the rice. Stir to coat and heat, stirring frequently for 5 minutes. Add 2 cups of water and 1 cup of the salsa. Stir and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20-25 minutes. This is poor man's red rice!
  2. Heat up 2 Tbls olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high. Toss in 1/2 the onion and all of the garlic and saute for 8 minutes
  3. Toss in the cubed sweet potatoes and stir until their coated with olive oil.
  4. Sprinkle as much ground cumin and chili powder on as you like. I go for 1 tsp of each and add too taste. Add 1/2 tsp salt and cook over medium high heat - stirring frequently to avoid burning the potatoes
  5. In a separate skillet, cook the beef according to the seasoning packets instructions
  6. Heat up the black beans on low in a seperate pan
  7. When the beef is done, add it in with the potatos and stir
  8. Serve in the tortillas or on it's own with the cheese, onion and salsa. Beans, Rice and greens on the side or in the tortilla for the worlds largest burrito:)
Variations

  • Pork Chorizo in place of the beef is a little less healthy, but really tasty!
  • If you've got some plain yogurt in the fridge, it's amazing with the spicy sweet potatoes

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