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80's Kid Comfort Food, Plant Based Edition.

This Ain't Your Childhood's Frozen Burrito.

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"I take a while to warm up to people. I'm basically a frozen burrito."

I have a pinched nerve in my back/hip. It's been like that since Thursday and I'm NOT happy about it. To add insult to literal injury, I've got a little head cold also. It seems to be going away and has been very short lived so I really cant complain, but I guess I am anyway. Anytime I'm feeling crummy, I have this horrid tendency to crave the weird foods of my youth. I was born in 79, so the majority of my childhood took place in the 80's. I rounded out my teens in the 90s', which means that I had almost 2 decades of crappy convenience food under my belt by adulthood. 18 years of microwaveable, dippable, "low-fat", "sugar-free", iced & sprinkled, "so easy a kid can do it" cellophane wrapped "food".

When I think of the science projects we were eating, it freaks me out.

It also usually makes me crave Spaghettio's.

Today, my youngest ate a "beef, bean & green chile" frozen burrito. It's a very, very rare treat around here. We rarely eat out, purchase much convenience food, or splurge in the way of "guilty pleasure" snacks so I don't really feel bad about her eating it. Not ideal, but not the worst thing ever either.

I've been eating about 80% plant-based lately and have pretty much made it past the cravings stage...or so I thought. I swear I wanted that burrito as soon as I heard the wrapper crinkle.

Instead, I decided to make these plant-based "frozen burritos" instead. They have not been frozen, by the way...but I lied and told myself they were to make them more appealing to my inner child.

I used the "Beyond Meat" patties, and crumbled them up with a spatula for the "beef". It was very very convincing. The texture of those things is AWESOME. I'm not usually a "fake meat" eater, but in a pinch, this is what I will reach for!

 

Besides, there is no way the ingredients are worse than what filled the food I grew up eating.

 

Making these burritos allowed me to stay on track while filling that craving! You can totally use ground beef or turkey for these, just stew the seasoned meat in water for a good 45 minutes or so to break it down a ton. You gotta get that good pasty texture we've all grown to love. LOL!

 

What's your favorite weird childhood food?

Mock Frozen Burritos

(Makes approximately 6 burritos)

 

Ingredients:

2 "Beyond Meat" patties, thawed

1 can Beans, rinsed and drained. (I used White Northern Beans from Trader Joes)

1/2 cup green salsa of your choosing

1/2 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp cayenne

dash of onion powder

salt and pepper to taste

6 flour tortillas

3 TBSP refined coconut oil, divided (or whatever high heat oil you like)

 

Directions:

Add one tbsp of the oil to a skillet. Using a spatula, chop the 2 patties until they are fully crumbled in the skillet. Season with cumin, garlic, onion powder, salt & pepper and cayenne. Add the beans, and smash with the back of the spatula until most of the beans are smooshed. Add the salsa, and stir until combined. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed.

Heat the tortillas until warm to prevent them from breaking when you roll. Fill, and roll burritos. Heat remaining oil in a skillet and toast each burrito on all four sides until golden. Serve with your favorite salsa!

Enjoy (and if you're me, try to resist sharing with this sweet face!)

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