Chicken and Bean Burritos with Spanish Rice

What you’ll need:

  • 7 chicken breasts
  • 7 burrito shells
  • 1/2 cup dried black beans, hydrated
  • 2 avocados
  • 1/4 cup vegan cheese, shredded
  • 2 green onions, chopped small
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salsa of choice 
  • Salt

Spanish rice:

  • 2 cups rice of choice
  • 4 cups chicken broth 
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 4 tbls garlic powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Cilantro, chopped

What to do:

  1. If you’re using dried beans, start the night before and soak the beans in water and refrigerate overnight. Follow the directions on the bag. 
  2. Start the rice. Heat oil in a sauce pan and add the rice. SautĂ©e until golden brown. 
  3. Add the remaining ingredients except the cilantro and cook on low until the rice is soft and liquid is absorbed. 
  4. In the mean time, season the chicken with cumin, coriander, garlic and salt. Grill and slice into thin pieces. 
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  6. Lay out burrito shells and layer all burrito ingredients including the chicken, beans, avocados, “cheese”, and onions. 
  7. Wrap the burritos as tightly as you can and place on a sheet tray sprayed with oil. 
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the shells are lightly golden. 
  9. Serve with your favorite salsa and top the rice with fresh cilantro. 

Healthy, Simple Grilling

Ah, the simple things in life. Summer is the best time to cook on the grill for so many reasons. The weather is perfect (usually), cooking becomes easier and it’s a great way to hang outside with friends and family! Let’s not forget it’s one of my favorite times to enjoy a beer or two while sitting in my lawn chair on the patio. 

This was my latest dinner on the grill: 

 

I have to give some credit to my husband because he did help out with this one. You’re looking at Spiced Grilled Chicken, Corn The Cob, Potatoes with Onions and Sweet Bell Peppers, Broccoli, and Asparagus. Keep in mind that you can use any veggies you like and prepare and cook them the same way as the broccoli and asparagus. 

I like to use chicken thighs instead of breasts simply because they don’t dry out. However, breasts do have better nutritional stats and can be substituted if you really want an even healthier meal. When comparing equal portions, some that are noteworthy…

  1. Protein – 21g in thighs and 25g in breasts*
  2. Fat – 13g in thighs and 7g in breasts *
  3. Calories – 210 in thighs and 170 in breasts*
  4. Cholesterol – 80mg in thighs and 70mg in breasts*

CHICKEN:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Paprika
  • Crushed red pepper, a few pinches or more if you want heat
  • Garlic powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper 
  • Mix all spices together (equal parts except the crushed red pepper), coat the chicken, and put it in a covered pan in the refrigerator while you prepare the sides. 
    CORN:

  • Corn on the Cob
  • Water 
  • Don’t clean the corn, just keep it as is and soak it in water for at least 10 minutes​
    POTATOES:

  • Russet potatoes
  • Olive oil spray
  • 1/2 Red bell pepper, slices
  • 1/2 Sweet onion, slices
  • Paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Sea Salt
  • Black pepper 
  • Lay out a long piece of tin foil and then double it with the second piece perpendicular to the first. Spray lightly with oil. Place all ingredients on top of the foil, wrap it sealing all sides. Put these on the grill first since they usually take the longest to cook. 
    BROCCOLI:

  • Broccoli
  • Olive oil spray
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper 
  • Same as the potatoes, lay out a long piece of tin foil and then double it with the second piece perpendicular to the first. Spray lightly with oil. Place all ingredients on top of the foil, wrap it sealing all sides.

    ASPARAGUS:

  • Asparagus
  • Olive oil spray
  • Sea Salt
  • Black pepper 
  • And…repeat preparation a third time.
    Cook everything on the grill over medium heat together until steamy and the chicken is cooked through. Don’t worry if one thing is done before the other, just keep it in its foil or cover it until you’re ready. Cooking is suppose to be stress free!

    ENJOY!!

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