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December 6, 2009

Make your own freezer burritos!

to the freezer, you go!

Two words: FROZEN BURRITOS

I found out how easy it is to make & freeze burritos when I was pregnant.  When I got the nesting bug (which came mainly in cooking form) I stocked up our freezer with these burritos from Everyday Food.   Two months after Cooper was born, I found a batch of them in the back of my freezer and they were like gold!  Three minutes in the microwave and this momma was nourished just like that!  The best part was that I was able to feed my husband...who really deserved a home cooked meal after all the countless diapers he changed!

While some of us have a whole weekend afternoon dedicated for cooking for the week, most of us don't.  If you have a little less than an hour one night of the week, carve out some time and make some burritos to freeze. Your future self will thank you for hooking you up with something delicious, tasty, and something you've always wanted---your very own personal/customized frozen burrito! And really, the longest part of  the process is waiting for the rice to cook.  It's a great way to get rid of stuff in your fridge & pantry all at once.

This is how I do it:

rice!

I make a batch of rice in my rice cooker.  I add a can of diced tomatoes, 1 chopped onion, a clove of  minced garlic & some chili powder and let it cook.  When it's done, I add some cilantro to make it more colorful.

the filling

On this batch, I have a can of refried beans, black beans, grated cheese, fresh cut cilantro & a hot sauce/greek yogurt combo for my sour cream.  Don't forget your hot sauce!  Tapatio is one of my faves!

burrito station

I take a dish cloth and run it under the faucet to moisten it, making sure to squeeze out any extra liquid.  I then wrap up a stack of burrito sized flour tortillas in the towel and toss them in the microwave for 1 minute. It helps make the tortillas more pliable for wrapping.  In that minute, I make a stack of aluminum foil sheets so I can easily wrap burritos up right after I fold them.

inside my burrito

I load each tortilla  with our favorite toppings (not TOO much) and wrap it up!

wrapping

It takes a little practice at first, but in no time, you will be come an expert!

i love a burrito end

Wrap it up in foil and then tuck them away in your freezer, for safe keeping!

to be eaten

I would write a date on them in sharpie, but they are never in our freezer long enough to warrant that extra step.

So when you are ready to eat one, you just:

1. Unwrap frozen burrito from foil

2. Wrap burrito in damp paper towel

3. Microwave for 3 mins on high.

4. Wait to cool, then eat!

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