June 27th, 2011

Meatless Monday: Start Your Week Meat Free With a Bean and Rice Burrito

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Meatless Monday burrito

Back in April I took a pledge to eat meatless every Monday (or at least one day each week) as a simple way to reduce my carbon footprint. I have stuck to it and am busy trying new food combinations and compiling those that have been a big hit. There are many ways to go meatless on Mondays, with one of the easiest being the use of beans as a source of protein.

I’m going out on a limb here. I’m going to share a recipe in honor of  Meatless Monday. I don’t usually share recipes, mainly because I don’t usually follow recipes. I love to cook, but I cook as I go- using whatever we have available.

This is a variation from a recipe taken from Vegetarian Times Complete Cookbook. It’s quick and simple and a big hit with our family.

Bean and Rice Burritos


  • 2 cups salt-free tomato sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 tablespoons chilli powder
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot


  • 3 cups mashed pinto beans or black beans
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup sauteed, chopped scallions (cooked in 1 teaspoon oil over medium -high heat for 5 minutes)
  • 12 whole-wheat tortillas warmed
  • Optional filling ingredients: Stir fried cubed tempeh in soy sauce, sauteed broccoli (my kids love this one), lettuce and shredded cheese.

Sauce: In saucepan, combine all the sauce ingredients and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture boils and thickens, about 7 minutes

Filling: I generally warm each of the ingredients and place them in separate bowls on the table so everyone can fill their burrito with what they like. Roll up the sauce and ingredients in a tortilla and you have your very own burrito.

Serve with an organic salad and other organic vegetables from the market, your garden or CSA and your Meatless Monday is complete.

Have you given Meatless Monday a try?

What are some of your favorite recipes?

What other sources do you use for finding meatless recipes?

[Photo used under Creative Commons from Michelle Tribe/Flickr]

Disclosure: There is an Amazon affiliate link in this post for the cookbook. If you order the cookbook it will put a few pennies in my pocket!


10 Responses to “Meatless Monday: Start Your Week Meat Free With a Bean and Rice Burrito”

  1. yumm. This looks delicious. I think I will be making this for dinner. I am eating veggies and tofu for lunch. I am meatless everyday so I love getting new recipes. Thanks for sharing. I’m hungry now, going to go to lunch!

  2. Hope you had a great lunch Meg! It’s always nice to get new meal ideas. Please share any great meal ideas! I know your shopping cart if filled with all sorts of delicious ingredients.

  3. Ooooh this looks fab Lori! I am already not a big meat person but I am trying to cut back even more! Love this recipe 🙂

  4. Let me know if you try it Lynn! It’s so simple and my kids love burritos. You can also add other veggie options that you and/or your family like.

  5. Yay for you on the commitment of Meatless Monday(or whatever day you choose)-I’m meatless everyday, aside from the occasional fish, so coming up with healthy and delicious meals can be a challenge, but this burrito sounds great. I have a standby burrito that my family loves and it’s super easy as well.

  6. What’s in your burrito Cathy? I’m always looking for interesting variations. How long have you been a vegetarian?

  7. Oh my, Lori! This looks delis!! I will add this to my meals next week! thanks

  8. It’s so easy Stephanie-and delish! Let me know how it turns out.

  9. I’m impressed! This looks fantastic and I am going to add it to my menu list next week. We have been meat free for decades now, and still I look for new twists on old favorites, such as burrito night.

  10. Hi Lisa, You’ll have to let me know how they turn out. We love burritos!

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