Healthier Burritos Made Easy

burrito2Battling cholesterol does not mean that you need to give up all of the foods that you enjoy. Simple modifications to old favourites like “cheesy beef burritos” mean that you can still eat tasty food!

 Ingredients:

2/3 pound of lean ground beef/soy ground meat product

1 onion

1 clove garlic

1 tsp chili

Salt and pepper to taste

1 small bunch of baby spinach

½ cup corn kernels (frozen or canned)

½ cup black beans

2 tbsp. tomato paste

1/2 cup of water

1 ripe avocado

2/3 cup zero fat plain Greek yoghurt

Juice of 1 lime

Pinch of salt

Chopped tomatoes

Sliced scallions

Sliced jalapeno peppers

Burrito shells

Directions:

Heat skillet and add splash of olive or grapeseed oil. Brown meat or meat substitute. Add onion, garlic, chili, salt and paper and stir gently until meat is browned or tofu heated through. Add spinach, corn, beans, tomato paste and water. Simmer until liquid is absorbed. While meat is cooking, mix chopped avocado with yoghurt, lime juice and salt.  Gently heat burrito shells on a grill or in a dry frying pan. Fill burritos with meat mixture and serve with chopped toppings and yoghurt avocado cream.

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Yummier than it looks.

Yummier than it looks.

Variations:

Chicken may be substituted for the beef or soy protein produce. Toppings are according to taste, if you must have cheese make it low fat.

Tip:

Fresh herbs might help to lower cholesterol and are delicious. Add some basil or rosemary or thyme or cilantro or all four to the above recipe (just a bit of each) for a boost. A teaspoon of ground flax would work in the burrito filling for added fiber.

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