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]
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