Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Extra-Nutritious Rice and Bean Burrito Filling (home recipe)

Extra-Nutritious Rice and Bean Burrito Filling (home recipe)  

-Ingredients- (walmart got me this stuff on the cheap, some of it was even organic cause I’m a high roller that pays 20 cent premiums. I had the spices laying around. I just made this up today. Without hot sauce it is a bit odd, but it wasn’t unpleasant in my opinion)  
1 Can Chickpeas  
1 Can Black Beans  
1 Can Pinto Beans  
1 Can Pumpkin (not pie filling)  
6oz can of tomato paste  
1 cup flaxseed meal (i mixed this in at the end, after the vegetables were added to the bean mix)  
2 tbsp butter  
-How-  
Drain beans in a colander beforehand. (I washed them as well)  
Put in one tbsp of butter and then Pour in the 3 cans of bean  into a fairly pot, mash them like potatoes to make a paste (so the flax meal will blend properly)  
then put in the pumpkin and tomato paste, flax meal, the 2nd 1tbsp of butter, garlic, and spices, (i used a bit more than 2 tbsp of butter doing this, the paste is very dry at the start and the butter consoles my fear of sticking)  
cook on medium heat (3 or so is what i did), it should start to steam. This will hopefully release much of that spice flavor.  
-Vegetables-  
2 onions  
2 jalepeno  
chop onion into rings, then into strips, chop jalepenos short ways into small circles.  
Fry them up in a pan, and once translucent add into the bean mix while it cooks.  
-Spice Blend-(Classic Mexican Mix)  
Mix spices together on the outside (in a coffee filter) and then stir in slowly.  
2 tbsp paprika  
2 tbsp cumin  
2tbsp chili powder  
1 tbsp garlic powder  
2 tsp cayenne  
(I would put some Ms. Renfro’s Ghost Pepper Salsa into the bean mix, but i like (very) spicy things. I just didn’t have any and forgot it at the store. There is a mild flavorful spice note, but nothing that is in your face with spiciness.)  
Lentils and Brown Rice   (I used 12 cup pot for this)  
2 cup lentil and 2 cup brown rice  
add 8 cup of water  
add some salt (I used 1.5 tbsp)  
4 tbsp olive oil  
bring to boil and then reduce heat to a simmer for 30-40 minutes (i used 2.8 heat, and brought it down to 1.8 when the water was below the top), (i didn’t have to add any water; but one can add water if it gets below the top before lentils and rice are both good texture. (Stir constantly or else rice stuck to bottom)  
Serving  
Reheating? (how i do it) - Put a dab of butter, rice mix and bean mix in pan and heat up on medium heat (~ 4) when you are looking for a burrito. Serve in a tortilla (easy to warm on the same pan).   

(Why? I made this up to try to think of  healthy / nutritious / filling meal that is easy to make a lot of and reheat (I don’t like to cook all the time). The pumpkin because it is supposedly nutritious, and the flax meal to thicken the mixture (These can be left out if you don’t like them. The pumpkin did add a noticeable flavor, but the ground flaxseed did not. But I am a smoker so my taste isn’t amazing). The lentils were to add nutrition to the brown rice, because they cook in similar ways. I don’t do much exercise, but the bean/rice is protein, the lentils are protein, and there is a bunch of other nutrients in there.)  

-Afterword-  

I actually made this. It took me about 1hour 30 minutes w/o cleaning up. It came out surprisingly well, the mix of rice and lentils is pretty good by itself. The bean mix tastes like pumpkin a good bit, even with the spice mix, but i didn’t have any hot sauce like some Ms. Renfro’s to put on it, so i was taking the flavor full on. I ate it in a soft taco tortilla, with some sour cream and shredded cheddar. I put in two (big) tbsp of bean mix with two (big) tbsp of rice mix, and this was falling out of the tortilla, but it wasn’t hard to take a spoon and eat what fell on the plate. 

Both the bean mix and the rice mix were very thick substances with a consistency similar to peanut butter. ( I don’t like soupy things, i like this texture) 

The rice mix took up nearly 100% of a 6x8x2 pan (w/ lid for storage); the bean mix took up nearly 100% of a  6x6x1 storage pan. This ratio would suggest that the proper serving sizes are two parts/tbsp of rice mix and one part/tbsp of bean mix. If the nutrition is real, then this should apparently be a healthy food, but it is very thick.    (This is a lot of food, if you do not have people you live with who might also eat this, or you don’t like mexican food or the slight taste of pumpkin or something, i would not suggest it. It is likely very very many small burritos, and they are quite filling.)  
Maybe adding in some seasoning (as if it were a pumpkin pie) would help mask the taste of the pumpkin that comes through. This would be ( a la Libby’s)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

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