Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Freezer Meal - Chicken and Black Bean Burritos

"Mom, what's for breakfast?"
"Mom, what's for lunch?"
"Mom, have you seen my library books?"
"Mom, I can't find my (insert his/her favorite piece of clothing)!
"Mom", "Mom", "Mom"....sound familiar???

Perhaps you are more organized than me or at least able to get up earlier but I always find mornings a bit crazy and too short! Getting two young kids up (they used to be early self-risers but lately we've had to wake them up - which they don't appreciate :) and trying to help get them ready, fed, lunches made and, of course, get ourselves ready is a challenge.

To help find ways to ease the morning rush, I've been trying to make freezable meals that my husband and I can grab in the morning. The kids don't have access to a microwave so these don't work for them but if your kids do these would be great.

If you have time add a little sour cream and salsa to your lunch bag!


1 roasted chicken
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 large red pepper, diced
1 large onion, diced
1 cup pre-shredded carrots
1 cup salsa
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups shredded cheese
1 cup low fat cream cheese
10 whole wheat tortillas (10 inch)
1 tbsp oil


  1. Pull apart chicken and shred it. Set aside.
  2. In a large saute pan, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium high heat. 
  3. Add onion, peppers, and onions. Saute for about 4 minutes.
  4. Add beans and chicken and saute for additional 3 minutes to heat through. 
  5. Add salsa and 1/3 cup cream cheese.
  6. Heat until salsa and cheese are hot and combined with mixture.
  7. Remove from heat. 
  8. Place one tortilla on cutting board.
  9. Spread a little cream cheese on it.
  10. Sprinkle about a tbsp of shredded cheese on top.
  11. Add large scoop of chicken mixture in a log shape in the middle of the tortilla.
  12. Add another tbsp of shredded cheese on top.
  13. On the short sides of the mixture, fold about an inch of tortilla onto mixture.
  14. Tightly roll the long sides of the burrito. (Watch this video if you need to see how it's done)
  15. Wrap in plastic wrap.
  16. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
  17. Freeze.
  18. To reheat. Simply remove from plastic wrap and microwave for about 2 minutes - until filling is hot.

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