Spinach & Black Bean BurritosLast week my husband and I opted to skip the foodie (and drinking) Mexican Fiesta Cinco de Mayo restaurant outing and stayed in for some homemade vegetarian variations instead.  We generally enjoy some type of Tex-Mex dish each week which generally ends up being a hearty Taco Salad, but last week I wanted something a little different and did  not want the extra calories or dairy that going out would have brought to my belly or MY THIGHS!  I had a variation of this dish at my local co-op, but they included cheese in the ingredients so I made my spin on it and even included some Spelt tortillas instead of regular flour or wheat.  It was nothing less than totally delicious!

Ingredients –

1 container Baby Spinach, chopped then wilted (see simple instructions and photo below)
1 4 oz. can diced green chilies
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cans organic black beans, cooked and mashed
2 tsp Badia complete seasoning
2 tsp Ground Cumin
2 tsp Mexican seasoning
1 tablespoon kosher salt
6 Spelt Tortillas
5 tablespoons salsa verde
1/4 cup diced onion
Black olives
Diced tomatoes
Organic Cilantro & Lime Salsa (or your favorite salsa of choice)

Preheat oven to 375.

Wilted SpinachTo prepare wilted spinach –

In a medium skillet add olive oil, garlic, 1 teaspoon of Badia Complete Seasoning, Cumin, Mexican seasoning and 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt to skillet.  Turn heat to medium-low and add chopped baby spinach and can of diced green chilies and toss with tongs.  Cook until spinach wilts but remains bright green and remove skillet from heat and set aside.

To assemble burritos –

In a large mixing bowl, combined mashed black beans and wilted spinach mixture and combine thoroughly.  Spoon black bean and spinach mixture onto tortilla and roll up and layer in baking dish (you may want to coat the pan with a little bit of olive oil to prevent sticking during cooking) and line until you have assembled all 6 burritos.  Spoon Salsa Verde over prepared burritos and then add rest of black  bean and spinach mixture to top of burritos and finally, top with diced onion.

Place pan in oven and bake for 25 minutes, then remove and top with diced tomatoes and black olives.  You can even add avocado or homemade guacamole as a garnish to keep it hearty and healthy.

The process seems long, but the entire dinner start to finish only takes about 40 minutes or less!  Enjoy!


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