How much time do you have to cook this evening? If the answer is, “not much,” then you might be tempted to grab carry-out for your family. I like the drive-through as much as the next working parent, but sometimes my budget is tight. And often I feel like I could make the same meals, only better, at home.
So today, I’m sharing two recipes with different time requirements.
The first is my go-to when I need something quick and cheap that I know my kids will eat. I make bean and cheese burritos. Tortillas, cheddar cheese and refried beans are on my perpetual “stock up” list, so I usually have what I need. I can customize orders (onions for my oldest, jalapenos for me), and I can get fancier if needed, adding grilled chicken, roasted peppers, black beans, etc.
You really don’t need a “recipe” for this. In fact, my photo pretty much tells you all you need to know. But here are some steps to follow.
1. Using a butter knife, spread refried beans on one half of the tortilla. Then top with shredded cheddar cheese, onions, peppers, whatever you have on hand.
2. Roll tortillas and “glue” them shut with an extra smear of beans. Place on cookie sheet.
3. Brush each tortilla with a bit of oil to keep them from drying out, and to help them crisp up a bit.
4. Cook burritos in a 370-degree oven until cheese is melted.
5. Serve with sour cream, salsa and/or guacamole.
My second recipe is a new family favorite. It was advertised on Pinterest as a replica of Panera’s broccoli cheese soup, which is a big favorite at our house. And you know what? It does taste almost exactly like Panera! I won’t claim that this is a “quick” recipe, but it is super easy, and I’m sure it’s better for you than the mass-produced restaurant stuff. If you have a little more time, then try it out.