“The whole is more than the sum of its parts.” ~ Aristotle, Greek philosopher and physician, 384-322 B.C.
In the not too distant past, Costco carried some frozen vegan burritos that were a favorite of the Mosaic Dad’s. They were economical and organic, so we didn’t even consider making them ourselves. At least, not until that fateful day when they disappeared from the shelves, leaving us no choice but to gather the components to create the sum of the parts… and then it turned into something greater for less money! Don’t you love when that happens? These came out to just 41¢ each using organic beans, organic salsa, organic whole wheat tortillas, and ready-made cheeze shreds.
For us, the biggest benefit is in making them completely non-dairy. Surprisingly, finding prepared food without any dairy ingredients is very difficult. This burrito goes a long way in easing the pain of that.
Bean and Cheez Burritos
Makes 6 servings
Time: 10 minutes
1 can vegetarian refried beans
¼ cup favorite salsa
¼ cup shredded cheeze (we use Daiya cheddar style shreds)
6 10-inch flour tortillas
Mash the refried beans, salsa, and cheeze shreds together in a medium bowl until more-or-less evenly distributed.
Warm the tortillas between two damp towels for 10 seconds in a microwave oven at full power to soften. This will help prevent the tortilla from splitting when folding.
Divide the refried bean mixture (about 1/3 cup) onto the center of a tortilla. Fold the bottom up and the two sides in about a third of the way to the center. Roll toward the top so that the filling becomes completely encased.
If this is a make-ahead deal, freeze the burritos on a cookie sheet and then pop them into a plastic bag so they can be taken out one at a time, as needed. The Mosaic Dad likes to wrap up a frozen burrito and put it in his bike bag for a snack when he goes for a strenuous ride. On a warm day, it will be completely thawed but still cool and ready to eat about two hours into the ride.
If you prefer your burritos warm, with the cheeze all melty, then just pop a frozen one into the microwave oven on high for 90 seconds, turning over after 45 seconds.
Alternatively, toast the (thawed, if from frozen) burritos in a lightly oiled non-stick skillet, turning to brown on each side.
E + D = 2F
Where E = easy,
D = delicious,
and F = fun