Butternut Squash Black Bean Burritos

I’ve mentioned in a few posts before that I had made a batch of burritos to keep in the freezer for quick meals. While they were pretty good for a first try, they were made before I started this blog, so I didn’t take photos or really write anything down. And, I knew I could make better ones.

Well, as promised, I’ve made another batch of burritos for the freezer and I have the recipe for you this time.

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These are definitely an improvement on my last ones. They have a smoky chipotle heat that pairs great with the sweet creaminess of butternut squash. The combination of black beans and butternut squash was inspired by these Black Bean and Butternut Squash Burritos, but the recipe is my own.

I know burritos usually have rice in them, but I chose not to include it in these. I’m sure it would taste great, but didn’t feel necessary. And I really didn’t miss it. The combination of butternut squash, black beans, and a whole wheat tortilla feels like more than enough to satisfy any hunger. But, if you’d like to add rice, I’ve included it as an optional ingredient.

Butternut Squash Black Bean Burritos (Yields 7 large burritos with 1/2 cup filling each, or 8 if including rice)
1 cup cooked black beans, canned or from dry
1 cup roasted butternut squash cubes
1/2 cup cooked brown rice (optional)
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup diced bell peppers
1/2 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup water
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp chipotle powder
1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne powder (to taste)
Large soft tortillas, your choice (I don’t recommend corn, as they are usually very breakable when rolling)
Tinfoil, for freezing

Notes:
– To roast squash, peel and cut into 1 inch cubes, spread on a baking sheet, and bake at 400°F for 30-40 minutes, stirring halfway through. You want the squash to be fork-tender, but not overcooked, or it will fall apart in your soup (though it would still taste great). You can also steam the 
squash, but I’ve never done it so I’m not going to tell you how. Also, roasting the squash in cubes results in deliciously caramelized edges (my favourite part).
– For gluten free burritos, choose gluten free rice and tortillas.
– When making burritos, I find it easiest to prepare the filling (or at least cook the beans, squash, and rice) one day and then put them together the next day.
– I designed this recipe to put the whole batch in the freezer for quick meals later on, but you can serve them fresh. Just serve the filling warm, in the tortillas and add your choice of toppings/fillings, such as lettuce, cabbage, avocado, salsa, vegan cheese, vegan sour cream etc. 

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Add the minced garlic and a tablespoon of water to a pot or saucepan on medium heat. Cook, stirring for one minute, then stir in the carrots, corn, and bell peppers. Let cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until the carrots and corn are almost cooked. Reduce heat to medium-low, and stir in black beans, butternut squash, spices, and remaining water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until there is no more liquid and the butternut squash is partially broken up. Let filling fully cool before assembling burritos.

Collage, BB Burrito 2When you are ready to assemble burritos for the freezer, first tear 7 or 8 pieces of tinfoil (depending on how many you are making), each one just a bit bigger than the size of your tortilla. For each burrito, lay down a piece of tinfoil down with a corner facing you (so it looks like a diamond from your perspective, not a square) and centre a tortilla on top of it. Scoop 1/2 cup of the filling onto the centre of the tortilla. Fold in the left and right sides of the tortilla, then the side closest to you, and roll it up away from you. Fold the tinfoil over it in the same way. Repeat for each burrito. Place in a large plastic bag and place in freezer. Make sure they are labeled so you don’t forget what they are.

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When you want a burrito you can either reheat it in the microwave or the oven. I like to top my hot burrito with vegan cheese, avocado, or spicy hummus (or a combination of any of these).
Microwave: Remove foil from burrito, wrap in a paper towel and place on a plate. (I’ve been folding up my tinfoil and setting it aside for my next batch!) Microwave on high for  3-5 minutes, removing paper towel and cutting burrito in half, after 2 minutes.
Oven: Place on baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes at 450°F. Remove from foil, place back on baking sheet, and bake for another 5-10 minutes, until crisp.
Microwave + Oven: Remove foil from burrito and place on a plate. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 450°F, until crispy.

Enjoy!

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This post has been submitted to Healthy Vegan Friday #32.

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Southwest Confetti Quinoa Salad with Chipotle Vinaigrette

Vegan MoFo 2012 Post #5

Look at all that good stuff! Can you tell why I call this a ‘confetti’ salad?

I am in love with this Southwest Confetti Quinoa Salad! In not much longer than it takes to cook a pot of quinoa (20 minutes) you can have a big beautiful bowl of hearty salad, stuffed full of beans, vegetables, and lots of flavour. And this includes the Chipotle Vinaigrette. And this recipe makes roughly five cups, so you have lots to share, or can enjoy it all week long, like I did.

Southwest Confetti Quinoa Salad
Salad:
1/2 cup dry quinoa
1 cup water
1/2 cup corn, cooked (I microwaved some frozen corn)
1 cup chopped cabbage
1/2 cup diced orange pepper
1/2 cup diced red pepper
1/4 cup roughly chopped black olives
1 jalapeño, finely diced (seeds and ribs removed if you don’t want your salad spicy)
1 398ml can (1 cup) pinto beans (or black beans), drained and rinsed
Zest of 1 lime
Optional topping: diced avocado

Chipotle Vinaigrette:
1/2 tsp minced garlic
Juice of 1 lime (2 – 2 1/2 tbsp)
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp prepared Dijon mustard
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4-1/2 tsp chipotle pepper powder (depending on your preferred level of spiciness)

Place quinoa and water in a pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce to low heat, cover, and let simmer for 12 minutes. Remove lid and stir chopped cabbage into the quinoa. Cover, and let simmer a few more minutes, until the quinoa is fully cooked. Turn off heat and transfer quinoa to a large bowl or container (if you use one with a lid you won’t need to use another dish). Zest the lime over the bowl, and set quinoa aside.

While quinoa cools a bit, prepare the Chipotle Vinaigrette. Just place all ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake until thoroughly combined.

Stir the corn, orange pepper, red pepper, jalapeño, olives, and beans into the quinoa. Pour the dressing over top and mix thoroughly. Cover salad, and place in fridge to cool. You can eat this right away, while its still warm, but the flavour will be better once its cooled and had a chance to sit for a while. Make sure you stir the salad again before serving. Enjoy!

This recipe was submitted to Healthy Vegan Fridays #11.

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