Mexican Flair Wraps

It’s not a buritto.

It’s not a taco.

It’s a wrap.

But it’s kind of mexican-ish. So it’s like a bur-tac-wrap. Yes, that’s it! Write that down. Put that picture up there next to it. We have got ourselves a new word.

I like to eat wraps, they make me feel healthy. Like I’m giving my body a little hug. They’re even better when they taste delicious. I happen to be a fan of the wraps with a mexican-southwest kinda flair. Having the spicy component in these guys gives spices up the vegetables enough to where they are flavorful but aren’t too overpowering. We aren’t looking to burn holes in our mouths here!

One little tricks I use when I make wraps (I do this when I make quesadillas, too) for myself is that I like to take precooked leftover chicken-we usually have some in the freezer or sometimes in the fridge as leftovers from a recent dinner- and heat it up either on the stove or in the microwave just to warm it through, then chop it up into bite-size pieces and place in a small bowl, then take a couple tablespoons of salsa and mix it all around. Doing this can really add a nice flavor to any quick dish plus salsa adds the nice benefit of additional veggies in there.

Another quick and easy trick you can do is to use some leftover rice and flavor it up a bit. We had about 1/3 cup of brown rice that I just warmed up in the microwave for about 45 seconds with about a half a teaspoon of butter, about a teaspoon of water, a dash of chili powder, a pinch of salt and pepper, and a sprinkle of garlic powder. Adding rice to a wrap is a really nice way to add body and just fill it out a bit, making it a more satisfying meal.

clearly I am guilty of over-stuffing

I had some leftover black beans from the black bean brownies I made last week, so I decided to put good use to those babies! I’ve also had this beautiful red pepper calling my name. Wraps in general are just awesome ways to use up leftovers that have been sitting in your fridge. You can make a wrap out of practically anything. It makes me sad that some people just throw out their leftovers. Have you heard of those families?! (I hope you aren’t part of one!) Leftovers are like the best things ever, because they save you time when you want to make a meal later! Why would somebody NOT want that??? And no, they don’t taste worse. Just season and cook them right and they could taste even better the second time around.

Alright, enough about leftovers. One thing you should keep in mind when you make your wraps is to not over-stuff. I’m talking about putting more in that wrap than it can handle. I have a tendency to do this like…every. single. time. The good thing about over-stuffing, though, is that you can just make the stuff that doesn’t fit into a nice little side salad. That’s what I did and it was actually pretty delicious!

So now that I showed you my delicious wrap, go ahead and tackle those leftovers in your fridge and make your lunch or dinner!!

Mexican-Flair Wrap

(for one)

1 10-inch flour tortilla

1/4 cup black beans, rinsed and drained

1/2 cup lettuce, chopped

3 Tablespoons salsa

about 1/4 cup peppers, chopped or cut into strips

about 1/4 cup brown rice, cooked (I seasoned mine with about a teaspoon of garlic powder, teaspoon of chili powder, pinch of salt and pepper, and microwaved it for about 45 seconds with a teaspoon of butter and teaspoon of water)

3 Tablespoons of avocado, chopped

about 1/4 cup chicken, cooked and chopped (I stirred up my chopped chicken with about a tablespoon of salsa to season it up)

2 Tablespoons of shredded cheese (I accidentally left this out, but it was great anyways)

  1. Warm up your tortilla in the microwave for about 15 seconds to soften it up. Sprinkle chopped lettuce on tortilla, top with peppers, followed by rice, then add black beans, chicken, a couple tablespoons of salsa, chopped avocado, and finish off with shredded cheese. Wrap tortilla up. If all of your ingredients don’t fit, just set extra ingredients aside and eat as a little side salad. Stick a couple toothpicks in wrap, cut in half and enjoy!

Random Fact of the Day: You can’t say B, M or P without both of your lips touching.