Monday, November 4, 2013

Turkey and Bean Burritos

So if I am being honest I don't like to diet, I am not a huge fan of a strenuous workout regiment and I can't stand exercise classes because I leave wondering why the instructor wouldn't stop screaming at me.

Ok, it's off my chest...I feel better!

With this revelation out there for the world to know I can finally move on.  Like most people, I don't want to have to buy new clothes because I grew out of the old ones and let's be honest, I can't really claim vertical growth anymore unless it is becoming commonplace to hit a growth spurt at age 31.

For some time now I have been trying to change my mentality...I have tried to love working out...I have tried to believe that a salad will really leave me full and satisfied, but I am just lying to myself.

This is where I decided to take a look from a different perspective.  What if I didn't try to find joy in things that make me miserable, but what if I just tried to tweak the things I love to make them healthier than they have been in the past.

Great!  Brilliant!  I can't believe my own genius!

Sorry, sometimes I like to pat myself on the back for a minute.

Moving on!  

I have started walking my dogs more often.  I don't have to run 5 miles a day but if walking the pups makes me happy then walking the pups I will do, just for a little bit farther and more than once a day.

Ok, that's on to the butter soaked, fatty fat, calorie packed meals I have eaten and cooked all my life.  

After doing some research on substitutes, consulting the professionals and determining what I could do differently I decided it was time to put the vegetable oil away and give the alternative a try.  Well more figuratively, but you get the drift!

This was my first try and taking something I would have previously made with ground beef, whole milk cheese and all sorts of accouterments and turned it into a protein packed, lean, filling dinner.

Game on peeps...this is going to be an interesting ride!

Turkey and Bean Burritos
1 pounds Ground Turkey
1 whole Medium Onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (7 Ounce) Mexican Tomato Sauce Or Enchilada Sauce
Salt And Pepper, to taste
Cumin, Oregano, Chili Powder, Garlic To Taste (I used homemade taco seasoning instead)
1 can (28 Ounce) Vegetarian Refried Beans
3/4 cups Grated 2% Cheddar Cheese
12 whole Burrito-sized Flour Tortillas
Extra Grated Cheese, For Sprinkling
Extra Sauce, For Drizzling
Cilantro Leaves, Optional
Optional Filling Ingredients: Mexican Rice, Sour Cream, Guacamole, Green Chilies, Pico De Gallo

Brown ground turkey with garlic and onion and season to taste. 
Pour in sauce and simmer over low heat. Add water if mixture gets too dry.  
This needs to cook for at least an hour but if you have up to three hours that would be great.  Just keep adding water as it dries out and keep the lid on the pan so that it doesn't evaporate as quickly.  This will help the turkey to tenderize.
Heat refried beans in a saucepan. Add cheese and stir in till melted. Keep warm.
Heat tortillas in microwave for one minute.
Spread a small amount of beans on each tortilla. Add meat. Fold over ends, then roll up. 
Place side by side in a 13x9-inch pyrex dish. 
Drizzle additional enchilada sauce over the top and sprinkle with more grated cheddar. Microwave for one minute, or until cheese is melted and burritos are very hot. Serve immediately.
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