Meatless Monday (feat. Black Bean Burritos)

Hey hey!

So first things first, a lot of you had questions about the big Running Date, and I responded to most in the comments, but I don’t know if you’re alerted if I respond to your comment, so I thought I’d answer them here as well.

I had never heard of The Running Date, or anything like it (except for The Amazing Race), and only found out about it through Sam’s giveaway at Health, Happiness and Skinny Jeans. As soon as I read about it, I wanted to do it! To be honest though, if I didn’t win the tickets I probably wouldn’t have. But I am so glad I did! I’d definitely do it again.

We also found out that The Running Date was put on by a group of university students, and this was the first year it had been done. It was their idea, and they found sponsors, roped volunteers into helping out, and ran the entire thing. I was surprised when I heard this because it was very well organized (not that I expected it to not be well organized, but it was very “official” feeling – hello race bibs!).

They had volunteers at each location to record the time you arrived there and to guide you through the challenge (and make sure you actually completed it and didn’t cheat!). They also gave you a little souvenir to take back with you, which you had to hand in when you got to the finish line. This is how they knew you hit every check point.

Registration was $40 per person, so $80 a couple. You could register online in advance, or in person the day of the event.

Also, I just checked their Facebook page, and they have all the teams ranked…and yeah, we came dead last. Haha.

Lindsey Evanoff

But I certainly felt like a winner :).

Meatless Monday

Welp, it’s Monday, so this means I am back to my regular eating after a weekend of snack attacks. We had some friends over on Saturday night, and after a few bevvies I got into the chips, hardcore (why does this always happen?).

We had Cool Ranch Doritos and Miss Vickies Sea Salt and Malt Vinegar, and someone (probably Andrew) pointed out how amazing the two chips were when you ate them together. Don’t even try this, it is so addicting. This is why I do not usually keep chips in our house. I can eat an entire bag, no problem.

Luckily I squeezed in a couple other workouts this weekend besides The Running Date on Saturday: BodyPump on Friday night, and a 4k run yesterday afternoon. But I am happily back to the healthy grind today in the eating department.

My eats included a peanut butter and sliced banana on a toasted whole wheat bagel for breakfast, and a big ol’ salad from Druxy’s for lunch.

Druxy's is de Best

I was in a meeting all day long today, so at lunchtime we all went down to Druxy’s to grab a little somethin’. Everyone was amazed at the Druxy’s salad selection. I love that you can grab a HUGE Druxy’s salad for $6, and you can include protein like hard-boiled eggs, seeds, and nuts for no extra charge (chicken and tuna are an extra $2).

I packed my salad full of almost all the available veggies, feta cheese, eggs, pepitas and sunflower seeds, and it was darn good.

Giant Salad

For dinner tonight I wanted something that I could just throw together quickly. Enter black bean burritos!

Burrrrritos!

These were really easy, and really good. But I changed them up a bit from the last time, and added some more veggies to the mix.

As I have been noticing lately with meatless dishes that include beans, the burritos tasted meaty without including meat!

Even Andy-pants said “These are delicious for not having any meat in them. Actually, I take that back. They are just delicious.”

He is a big meat lover, so that is definitely a compliment.

I sprinkled those babies with cheese and dug in!

Cheesy Burrito

Yumballs.

I am just noticing that my Monday today was meatless! I am not planning on becoming a vegetarian, but I am trying to cut back on meat and try out other sources of protein. Meat is expensive! Especially if you buy organic, grass-fed or free-range, and I usually do not unless it is on sale. I know I should, but I just can’t justify the extra cost. It is already nearly $10 for two regular chicken breasts. It’s ridiculous.

Here is the recipe if you want to try ’em out!

Black Bean Burritos

Ingredients

  • 4 whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen corn (I cooked mine in the microwave first)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup salsa
  • cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Wrap tortillas in foil and place in oven heated to 350 degrees F. Bake for 15 minutes or until heated through.
  2. Spray skillet with cooking spray and heat to medium. Place onion, red pepper, and garlic in skillet, cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour beans and corn into skillet, cook additional 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add salsa to veggie mixture, cook until heated through (1-2 minutes).
  4. Spoon mixture evenly down center of warmed tortilla, add cheese, and roll tortillas up.
  5. EAT!!!

Pretty sure these are going to be a new staple dinner around herrrre.

Question of the day:

  • Do you buy organic meat? Why or why not?

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13 responses to “Meatless Monday (feat. Black Bean Burritos)

  1. Um, those burritos sound great! And I know what you mean about meat being so expensive! I don’t buy organic, local, free range, whatever either. I just can’t afford that right now…someday I probably will when I have a job and I’m not living off of my savings and taking out my life in loans 🙂

  2. Ooooh yummy! I LOVE black bean burritos, especially in a warm tortilla with CHEESE 🙂

  3. Haha, as long as you felt like a winner– that’s ALL that matters. 😀

  4. I love salad bars like that! It’s so cheap for such an enormous salad with tons of vegetables. What kind of dressing do you usually get?
    I don’t buy organic meat on the reg. I buy it at Whole Foods if I feel like it, but I usually buy the PC Blue Menu chicken breasts or ground turkey. But IT’S SO EXPENSIVE!! Like honestly, $7 for 2 chicken breasts?
    I love black beans. I really, really want to try these burritos.

  5. Instead of saying “dead last”, you could just say “we slid in right before the time was up!”. It’s the same thing, except that it makes it sounds more breathless and exciting. Like a car chase.

  6. Aww, sounds like a really fun race, time or otherwise!

  7. Running date?! How fun!

    I don’t really eat meat anymore but it I am craving it I definitely buy organic cage free meat. I like how the animals are treated and are not pumped with hormones.

  8. Those burritos look delicious! That looks like something I would definitely make. I rarely ever buy meat myself. I purchase it maybe once every 3 months…the only times I eat meat is when I go out to restaurants, but I’m sure most of theirs is not organic.

  9. mmmm the burritos looks great – well done on your meatless monday!

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  11. Wow! The race was put on by students?! That’s amazing! Way to go students.
    Mrs. Vicky’s and Cool Ranch Doritos, eh? Sounds like an interesting combo I’ll have to try.
    Druxy’s salads are good. Hope you had fun at the all-day meeting. Sad I missed it!

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