Black Bean Brown Rice Burrito

Black Bean Brown Rice Burrito. As you are likely aware, I’m a huge fan of burritos, tacos, and enchiladas. My Black Bean Brown Rice Burrito is a great selection for your #MeatFreeMonday (or #MeatLessMonday) meal and is very filling. This burrito is also a simple sandwich wrap that is tasty warm or chilled.

Black Bean Brown Rice Burrito with Cheeses, Homemade Salsa, Chipotle Cream Dressing, and Cilantro (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Black Bean Brown Rice Burrito with Cheeses, Homemade Salsa, Chipotle Cream Dressing, and Cilantro (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

As my husband and I try to maintain our weight, and not gain back the pounds we’ve lost, I am coming up with healthier options. This black bean and brown rice burrito is based on Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Medley. It’s a favorite side dish of ours. This hearty rice medley pairs well with fish, poultry, and meat. I love its chewy texture.

How to make this burrito? Start with Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Medley. Prepare 2 cups of rice medley as described on the package. Or use 2 cups of your favorite cooked brown rice in this recipe.

Trader Joe's Brown Rice Medley (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Medley (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

You’ll need some burrito size flour tortillas. The bigger, the better, for rolling purposes.

Burrito Size Flour Tortillas (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Burrito Size Flour Tortillas (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Saute diced onion in some oil in a nonstick skillet.

Saute some diced onion (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Saute some diced onion (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add some black beans, chili powder, cumin powder and the rice medley to the onion.

Add the beans, rice, chili powder, and cumin and stir (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add the beans, rice, chili powder, and cumin and stir (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add the shredded cheeses and stir until the cheeses melt.

Add the shredded cheeses (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add the shredded cheeses (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Cheesy Bean Rice Mixture (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Cheesy Bean Rice Mixture (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

To a warmed flour tortilla, add some cheesy bean rice mixture. Sprinkle on some salsa, chipotle cream dressing, and chopped cilantro.

Add the filling, salsa, chipotle cream, and cilantro to the warmed tortilla (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add the filling, salsa, chipotle cream, and cilantro to the warmed tortilla (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Fold the tortilla edge over the filling.

Fold the tortilla edge over the filling (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Fold the tortilla edge over the filling (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Fold in the two sides of the tortilla over the folded edge.

Fold in the two sides of the tortilla (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Fold in the two sides of the tortilla (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

And roll up the tortilla into a burrito, tucking in the sides.

Rolled Burrito ready for slicing (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Rolled Burrito ready for slicing (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Slice the burrito and serve!

Sliced Black Bean Brown Rice Burrito ready to eat (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Sliced Black Bean Brown Rice Burrito ready to eat (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Enjoy!

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From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

Black Bean Brown Rice Burrito

Ingredients:

4 burrito-size flour or whole wheat tortillas
2 c cooked Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Medley
1 T canola or olive oil
1/2 c diced sweet onion
1 c canned black beans, rinsed
1/2 T chili powder
1 t cumin powder
1/4 c shredded Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses or your favorite vegan cheese
1/4 c salsa or your favorite salsa
Chipotle Cream Dressing for drizzling (optional)
1 T chopped cilantro (optional)

Method:

1. Heat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Wrap foil around the tortillas, keeping them flat, and set aside.
3. Prepare the Trader Joe’s brown rice medley according to package directions and set aside.
4. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat.
5. Add the diced onion and saute until the onion is translucent.
6. Add the black beans, rice medley, chili powder, and cumin to the onion and cook over low heat, stirring often.
7. When the bean rice mixture has warmed through, add the shredded cheese and stir until the cheese has melted.
8. Warm the foil-wrapped tortillas in the oven for a few minutes until they are heated through.
9. Remove the tortillas from the oven and then plate one.
10. Add a bit of bean rice mixture to a warmed tortilla. Over the bean rice mixture, spoon on some salsa and drizzle some chipotle cream dressing. Add the chopped cilantro. Don’t overfill the tortilla or it won’t roll properly.
11. Pull one end of the tortilla over the bean rice mixture.
12. Fold in the two sides.
13. Roll up the filled tortilla into a burrito tucking the seam side underneath.
14. Slice in half and plate.
15. Repeat with the remaining three tortillas.
16. And serve!

Makes 4 burritos. Serve burritos with some Spicy Black Bean dip and additional Salsa along with tortilla chips. Chill the burrito for a nice quick sandwich wrap for lunch.

Variations: Add some diced red or green bell pepper to the onions before you saute. Omit the cheese and chipotle cream dressing if you are watching your fat intake. Add some chopped cooked chicken or taco meat. Use a flavored tortilla for a different flavor. Add some chopped tomatoes, diced avocado and shredded lettuce to the filling. Just don’t overfill the tortilla or it won’t roll up properly.

Try the bean rice mixture as a filling for an enchilada. Top with my Red Enchilada Sauce and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 – 20 minutes or until the center of the enchilada is hot.

Use the black bean brown rice filling in an enchilada! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Use the black bean brown rice filling in an enchilada! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

If you don’t live near a Trader Joe’s, you can order the brown rice medley through Amazon.com:

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Super Bowl 50 Recipes

Super Bowl 50 Recipes. Wow, I can’t believe that it’s already time for Super Bowl 50! I’ve compiled a list of my favorite recipes that I hope will grace your Super Bowl 50 party table!

Super Bowl 50 (image courtesy wikipedia.org)

Super Bowl 50 (image courtesy wikipedia.org)

Super Bowl 50 is next Sunday, February 7, 2016. Take a look at my Super Bowl 50 Recipes for your Super Bowl party picks.

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From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

Super Bowl 50 Menu Suggestions

You could set up a Tex Mex Buffet and Taco Bar. It’s a great way for your guests to enjoy a number of recipes. If your friends like to cook, assign each one a recipe to make and bring to the party. That way, you’re not spending all of your time in the kitchen.

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Or try a Chili Bar with my favorite chili recipes and fixin’s including a MAP on how to set up your table:

The Food Lover’s “Award-Winning” Black Bean Chili
Wintery White Chicken Chili
Red Chicken Chili with Beer
Baked Bean Chili

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Serve with beer, margaritas, wine, sparkling wine, sodas, and my Simple Iced Tea!

And for more of my favorite recipes:

Chile Con Queso with tortilla chips
Spicy Black Bean Dip with tortilla chips
Party Salsa with tortilla chips
Garlicky White Bean Dip with assorted cut veggies and pita chips
Green Pea Hummus with pita chips
Hubby’s Chicken Liver Pate with toasted baguette slices
Chive Deviled Eggs
Deviled Eggs — Mom-Style

The Best Burger with The Food Lover’s Special Sauce
Italian Burgers with Provolone and Roasted Tomato Sauce
Spicy Black Bean Burgers
Sockeye Salmon Burgers
Super Sloppy Joes
Smoky Chicken Wrap with Garlicky Roasted Red Pepper Aioli
Spinach and Mushroom Quesadillas
Garden Vegetable Quesadillas
Smoked Pork Quesadilla with Green Chiles
Hearty Meatball Sandwiches
Succulent Crab Cakes with The Best Tartar Sauce

The Food Lover’s Mac-n-Cheese
Sausage, Mushroom and Shallot Lasagna
The Best Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Honey Mustard Chicken with Broccoli and Penne Pasta

Dill Potato Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing
Yukon Gold Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
Lemony Mediterranean-Style Tuna Pasta Salad
Creamy Coleslaw
Party Pizza Pasta Salad
Honey Mustard Baked Beans

Patriotic Berry Parfait
Nutella Napoleons
Strawberry Almond Tart

What are your favorite Super Bowl recipes? Leave a comment and let everyone know!

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Red Chicken Chili with Beer

Red Chicken Chili with Beer. It’s been a fairly mild winter here in the Washington, DC area. The week of Christmas was met with mild 70 degree temperatures. We may have had one hard freeze so far. Now, after New Year’s Day, we are starting to see some “normal” cold weather for this area. Some snow flurries are expected today just in time to make a batch of simmering chili on the stove or in a Crock Pot. My Red Chicken Chili with Beer can also help you celebrate at your Super Bowl Party, too.

Red Chicken Chili with Guinness Beer topped with Cheeses, Sour Cream, and Cilantro (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Red Chicken Chili with Guinness Beer topped with Cheeses, Sour Cream, and Cilantro (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Most chili recipes highlight beef as their main ingredient. In lightening up my menus, I’m eating more poultry and fish. I’ve added chicken to this chili instead of beef. Beans are a fantastic way to add protein to a recipe and I’m using white cannellini beans here. I like to add spices to my chili such as cumin, Mexican oregano, and chili powder. Yes, you should use the Mexican oregano in this recipe because it has such a unique taste. McCormick Mexican Oregano is available in the spice section at your local grocery store as well as online at Amazon.com. Of course, garlic, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, chicken stock/broth and my favorite roasted corn round out the ingredient list. And for additional flair and flavor: Guinness beer!

Guinness beer is a good dark beer (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Guinness beer is a good dark beer (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Start with two boneless skinless chicken breasts.

Organic boneless skinless chicken breasts (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Organic boneless skinless chicken breasts (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Remove the chicken breasts from the packaging and trim off any extra fat that is remaining.

Chicken Breasts ready to dice (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Chicken Breasts ready to dice (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Dice the chicken breasts into 1 inch cubes.

Diced chicken breast (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Diced chicken breast (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Saute the chicken cubes in olive oil.

Saute the chicken cubes (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Saute the chicken cubes (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Turn the chicken cubes until they are browned on all sides.

Brown the chicken cubes in the oil (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Brown the chicken cubes in the oil (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Browned Chicken Cubes (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Browned Chicken Cubes (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add some diced onion and diced red bell pepper to the chicken cubes. Saute until the onion and pepper are soft and slightly browned.

Diced onion (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Diced onion (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add the diced onion and red bell pepper to the chicken mixture (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add the diced onion and red bell pepper to the chicken mixture (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add the garlic and saute a few minutes.

Add garlic and stir (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add garlic and stir (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add the spices to the chicken mixture.

Add the spices to the chicken mixture (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add the spices to the chicken mixture (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Stir and saute for a minute to open up the spice flavors.

Stir the spices into the chicken mixture (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Stir the spices into the chicken mixture (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add the beer, stirring to scrape up the brown bits that have formed in the pan. Let the mixture cook a minute or two to burn off the alcohol from the beer.

Add the beer and deglaze the pan (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add the beer and deglaze the pan (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add the green chiles, roasted corn, white cannellini beans, diced tomatoes, and chicken stock. I like to use Casa Fiesta Diced Green Chilies.

Casa Fiesta Diced Green Chiles (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Casa Fiesta Diced Green Chiles (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add the beans, corn, diced tomatoes, green chiles, and chicken stock (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add the beans, corn, diced tomatoes, green chiles, and chicken stock (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add the tomato sauce. And stir the chili until it is well mixed.

Add the tomato sauce (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add the tomato sauce (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Stir the chili until combined (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Stir the chili until combined (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Simmer the chili over low heat, covered, for at least an hour, stirring once in a while so the bottom doesn’t burn.

Let the chili simmer for at least one hour over low heat (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Let the chili simmer for at least one hour over low heat (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Red Chicken Chili with Beer is ready to serve (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Red Chicken Chili with Beer is ready to serve (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Ladle the chili into serving bowls.

Ladle the chili into bowls (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Ladle the chili into bowls (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Serve this chili along with shredded cheeses, sour cream, and chopped cilantro.

Red Chicken Chili with Beer -- Ready for Your Spoon (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Red Chicken Chili with Beer — Ready for Your Spoon (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Enjoy!

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From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

Red Chicken Chili with Beer

Ingredients:

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 T olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 T Mexican oregano
2 T chili powder
1 T cumin
8 oz dark beer
1 c frozen roasted corn
2 cans (14.5 oz each) cannellini (white) beans
1 can chopped green chiles
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
1 can (14.5 oz) chicken broth/stock
2 cans (14.5 oz each) tomato sauce
1 c shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses
1/2 c sour cream
1 T cilantro or parsley, minced

Method:

1. Cut the chicken breasts into one inch cubes.
2. Warm the olive oil in an 8-quart stock pot over medium heat.
3. Saute the chicken cubes in the olive oil until browned on all sides.
4. Add the onion and red bell pepper and saute until slightly browned.
5. Add the garlic and cook two minutes, stirring so the garlic doesn’t burn or overbrown.
6. Add the Mexican oregano, chili powder, cumin and stir. Cook for two more minutes to let the spices open up a bit.
7. Add the beer and stir the chicken mixture to loosen up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Simmer a minute or two to let the alcohol burn off.
8. Add the corn, cannellini beans, green chiles, diced tomatoes and chicken broth/stock to the stockpot.
9. Add the tomato sauce and stir well to combine.
10. Simmer for 30 minutes, covered, stirring occasionally, until the chili has thickened slightly.
11. Ladle chili into serving bowls, garnish with cheeses, sour cream, cilantro (or parsley), and serve!

Serves 2 – 4 as a main course. For a five-way chili mac, serve over spaghetti pasta, and this recipe will serve 6 people. This chili freezes well so make a big batch and save some for a future meal.

Variations: Instead of chicken, you can use diced cooked turkey breast or ground turkey. Try ground chicken or turkey for a different texture. Add kidney beans or black beans. Add some cubed zucchini squash. Top with sliced scallions or diced onions in addition to the other toppings. Try a different dark beer instead of Guinness or omit the beer all together.

Order some Mexican oregano from Amazon.com:

Order this ingenious cook-and-carry Crock Pot from Amazon.com:

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Easy Pepperoni Flatbread Pizza

Easy Pepperoni Flatbread Pizza. When you’re in a hurry, what’s quicker and more satisfying than a tasty flatbread pizza? This flatbread pizza starts with a garlic-flavored flatbread. Brush the flatbread with a little olive oil, add some pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and thinly sliced pepperoni and my Easy Pepperoni Flatbread Pizza comes together quickly for a weeknight meal in minutes.

Pepperoni and Mozzarella on Garlic Flatbread makes a tasty quick pizza (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Pepperoni and Mozzarella on Garlic Flatbread makes a tasty quick pizza (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

You can make your own flatbreads or buy them at any grocery store. Flatbreads are widely available in many different flavors, shapes and sizes. I like to use a garlic or herb flavored flatbread yet plain works just as well.

Flatbreads brushed with olive oil (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Flatbreads brushed with olive oil (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Brush the flatbreads with a little bit of olive oil. Use your favorite pizza sauce or my favorite Roasted Tomato Sauce as the base. Sometimes I will sprinkle shredded mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses on the crust before I spread on the sauce. Then, cover the sauce and cheeses with the slices of pepperoni.

Bake the topped flatbreads on a baking sheet for 5 – 8 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from the oven when the cheese is melty and bubbling. Cut the flatbreads into pieces or serve whole. Garnish with the chopped basil or parsley.

Try my BBQ chicken pizza on a flatbread, too.

BBQ Chicken Flatbread - Grilled Chicken, Smoked Gouda, Red Onion, BBQ Sauce (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

BBQ Chicken Flatbread – Grilled Chicken, Smoked Gouda, Red Onion, BBQ Sauce (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Enjoy!

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From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

Pepperoni Flatbread Pizza

Ingredients:

4 garlic-flavored flatbreads
2 c Roasted Tomato Sauce or your favorite pizza sauce
2 c shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 c shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 lb thinly sliced pepperoni
2 T chopped parsley or basil for garnish

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Arrange the flatbreads on a baking sheet.
3. Spread some sauce on each of the flatbreads.
4. Divide the cheeses and pepperoni slices amongst the flatbreads.
5. Bake in the oven for 5 – 8 minutes until the cheese is bubbling.
6. Remove from the oven, garnish with the parsley or basil, and serve!

Makes 4 flatbread pizzas. Serve with a Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Peppered Goat Cheese or a Caesar Salad.

Variations: Add some sliced mushrooms, tomato, bell pepper, onion or black olives. Use any flavor flatbread that you like. Try focaccia instead of flatbread for the crust.

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Mini-Toasts with Roast Beef, Brie and Onion Jam

Mini-Toasts with Roast Beef, Brie and Onion Jam. For my first posting of 2016, I’d like to offer a celebratory party “nibble” recipe to welcome the new year! My mini-toasts with roast beef, brie, and onion jam are simple to make. This recipe is a variation of my Mini-Toasts with Roast Beef, Horseradish Sauce, Grape Tomato Slices and Chopped Chives. Serve either or both!

My favorite roast beef, brie, and onion jam mini-toasts (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

My favorite roast beef, brie, and onion jam mini-toasts (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Easy to assemble, just put a dab of mayo on a mini-toast, roll some sliced roast beef around a chunk of brie, top with some onion jam, garnish with a bit of tomato and some minced chives. Serve these bite-sized mini-toasts as a passed appetizer or set them out as part of a buffet. Festive and tasty!

Mini-Toasts with Roast Beef, Brie, and Onion Jam (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Mini-Toasts with Roast Beef, Brie, and Onion Jam (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

You can use any brand of brie cheese for this appetizer. I like the Alouette brand.

Brie cheese is a favorite for parties (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Brie cheese is a favorite for parties (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

My favorite onion jam is by Robert Rothschild Farm. Their Caramelized Onion Balsamic Spread has a nice spicy kick to it.

Caramelized Onion Jam (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Caramelized Onion Jam (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Enjoy! Wishing everyone a safe and healthy 2016!!!

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From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

Mini-Toasts with Roast Beef, Brie, and Onion Jam

Ingredients:

24 Mini Toasts or crackers
3 T mayonnaise or Just Mayo
4 oz cooked roast beef, thinly sliced, then sliced again into thin strips
4 oz brie, sliced into 1 inch by 1 inch pieces
3 T onion jam (I like Robert Rothschild Farm Caramelized Onion Balsamic Spread)
4 grape tomatoes, sliced and then quartered
1 T minced fresh chives

Method:

1. Put a dab of mayo or Just Mayo on a mini-toast.
2. Roll a strip of roast beef around a piece of brie.
3. Place the roast beef brie morsel on the mini-toast.
4. Top the roast beef with a dab of onion jam.
5. Top the onion jam with a quarter of a tomato slice.
6. Garnish with a sprinkling of chives.
7. Repeat with the rest of the mini-toasts. arrange on a platter and serve!

Makes 24 mini-toast appetizers. Set out on plates or pass amongst your guests. Keep chilled if you make more than you’re serving right away. Offer these mini-toasts with sparkling wine, port wine, dry red wine, or beer.

Variations: Swap out the brie for another favorite cheese. Substitute Dijon mustard for the onion jam. Use red bell pepper instead of tomato. Use soft butter instead of the mayonnaise.

You can find onion jam at your local grocer or at Amazon.com in a convenient pack of six:

I buy my mini-toasts at Whole Foods Market. You can also find them at Amazon.com:

Just Mayo can be purchased at your local grocer, Target, Walmart and at Amazon.com:

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