Cranking Up the Crock Pot with Black Bean Burritos

Yes! My plan to use my crock pot more in 2014 is going so well. From Honey Sesame Chicken, Salsa Chicken, Beef and Broccoli, Kalua Pork and Warming Slimdown Soup…I’ve been giving my crock pot a work out so far. So it didn’t surprise me at all that when I found a burrito recipe involving the crock pot, I had to make it. Thanks to Pinterest, I stumbled across the Vegan in the Freezer site for this dish. I gotta say these Black Bean Burritos were darned good!

And easy! Just throw tomatoes, salsa, taco seasoning, brown rice, corn, and black beans into your slow cooker and start cooking! You can cook at a higher level if you want to speed up the process. My burrito filling actually cooked faster than I expected and I had it on low heat, so just keep an eye on it. I’d say mine was more than ready in 5 hours time on low heat.

The filling was packed with flavor, and with the brown rice and beans it was pretty hearty as well. You could definitely add some meat to it at this point if you’d like. Then just put about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of filling on your tortilla (depending on your tortilla size) and wrap it up and chow down!

Now let’s talk about toppings. I put some avocados and shredded cheese on the filling before I wrapped up my burrito…this was a great decision! Then I served my burritos with salsa and sour cream. The salsa was so good, so be sure you have some extra salsa to serve with the burritos. It added just a little extra kick, which is great.

I gotta say this made a ton of filling, so if you have lots of hungry mouths to feed, then this is your lucky day! At the moment, I don’t…so I opted to freeze my leftovers. You can freeze the filling or you can make up some burritos and freeze them. I went with the latter. I love when I am having a busy day that I can pop something from the freezer in the microwave and have lunch in no time. And the best part is when it’s something I’ve made, because I know exactly what I’m eating.

So now’s the time for you to click here for the recipe and step by step instructions. Can’t wait for you to try these and put your own spin on them!

A look back:
One year ago: Dip in a Time Crunch – Taco Ranch Dip
Two years ago: Fast and Fabulous Gnocchi!
Three years ago: Homemade Croissants…Am I Crazy?!

Lemon-Dill Green Beans Makes Summer Very Tasty

I love this time of year! The green grass, the growing crops, the blue skies, the occasional thunderstorms, the ability to go golf when I please, and the warm weather…well they just make me a pretty happy girl. You know what else I love? I love fresh veggies from the garden. I got my hands on some fresh green beans and this Lemon-Dill Green Beans recipe appeared on Pinterest and I knew it was a sign that this was the next dish I was making.

Over the holiday weekend I was visiting my parents. Every day my dad came into the house with at least 1 new haul of veggies he picked from the garden. The first were tons of zucchini that he then insisted I take with me to a cook out for grilling with my friends. (Kinda glad he did, because they were very good…thanks goes to my friend Nicholas for grilling them up!) Then the next couple days it was fresh green beans and more fresh green beans.

Before I knew it, I had over 2 pounds of beans that I had brought back home with me, and luckily this recipe jumped out at me and it was next on my list. All I needed was a lemon, fresh dill, and some course mustard and I was good to go.

I have a steamer I got for Christmas a year or two ago, so I was excited to have a delicious reason to bust it out to steam my beans. That was the extent of the cooking this dish required. While the beans steamed, I just whisked together some EVOO, fresh dill, salt and pepper, fresh lemon juice, half of a shallot minced and some coarsely ground mustard. Once the beans are done just toss them with the dressing and let them marinate for about 10 minutes and enjoy.

These would make a perfect side to a filet of fish, some chicken or really anything you’re cooking. I loved the bright flavors that the lemon and mustard brought to the beans. They went from boring beans to something really special in no time at all. And the bits of shallot and dill not only made for a pretty presentation but also helped mellow out the tartness of the lemon and added some extra texture to this side dish.

If you find yourself with some fresh green beans on hand, this is definitely a side worth trying. Not only is it fast, but it’s super flavorful, easy to make, and goes well with lots of different meals.

Can’t wait for you to click here for the recipe and step by step instructions…you know you want to!

A look back:
One year ago: Baking Away – Apple Galette with Sour Cherries and Goat Cheese
Two years ago: Say Yes to Sesame Noodles
Three years ago: Fun with Fennel

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Feeling Like Popeye: Spinach with Feta and Pine Nuts

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Spaghetti Squash is So Cool – Part 2: Spaghetti Squash Mac ‘n Cheese

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Pesto Shrimp with Snow Peas over Quinoa = Healthy & Fast!

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The Art of the Skin

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I love to be unique, don’t you? I mean how boring would it be if we all looked, sounded, and acted the same? So that theory, of course, holds true to my favorite gadgets too. Which is where the art of the skin comes in. What the heck do I mean, right?! Well I’m all […]

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Egg and Kale Breakfast Wraps…Get Your Breakfast Wrap On

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Are you set in your ways when it comes to your breakfast routine? I totally am. I have my standard breakfast of cereal and coffee, and it makes me happy. But I LOVE breakfast food, so whenever I cook it, it always seems to be a lunch or dinner meal. This week’s Egg and Kale […]

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Going Back to Hawaii with Kalua Pork

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Did you know I went to Hawaii a couple of months ago? It was glorious, beautiful, and oh-so-relaxing. And I am trying to close my eyes and go back even if it’s just in my head. But in the meantime, I at least have the option to cook some of the delightful food I had. […]

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