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5 Minute Tex-Mex Wrap

 A simple warm weather meal.

Make it ahead and stash any leftovers in the fridge for the week too if ya want.

The gift that keeps on giving :)

And it’ll only take you 5 short minutes to prepare. If that!

Plain Chobani, pepper jack cheese, black beans, corn and salsa.

Simple as that.

All stirred together then folded into a whole wheat tortilla.

Or served with some tortilla chips for dipping.

Maybe even a few shakes of hot sauce, if it’s not already spicy enough for ya ;)


I could also see this being versatile and fun with the addition of sliced black olives or even some diced green pepper.

Perhaps a bit of fresh cilantro and fresh crispy lettuce too piled right on top.

Easy enough, right?

Now… go enjoy all that extra time you just saved in the kitchen and get out there and soak up that spring sunshine!

Don’t you just love it? :)

Nacho Stuffed Peppers

I fell in love over the past weekend my friends.

With these…

I would ;)

They were quite possibly the freshest, most gorgeous green peppers I have ever laid my eyes nose on in my life.  And I found them at the Alexandria farmer’s market.

I think I must have talked about them for at least 5 20 minutes nonstop.  Which to non-foodie-like people, ranks up there as pretty annoying me thinks ;)  Sorry buddies!

But they were just so picture perfect.  And smelled sooooo good.  Like how a green pepper should  smell.  Crisp and fresh!

Okay I’m done :P

Nacho Stuffed Peppers

Serves 2

This recipe came about tonight based on some random items I had stuffed in the cabinet.  You know how those post-weekend-travel Monday nights go ;)

  • 2 large green peppers, tops & seeds removed
  • 1 cup black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • about 15 tortilla chips, broken
  • guacamole to serve

Start by slicing the tops off the green peppers and removing the seeds.  Then place into a pot of boiling water, covered, for 5 minutes.

This will soften the peppers and shorten the baking time.

While the peppers are softening, stir up the filling. 

Beans, onions, salsa and corn chips.

My original plans also included corn, but a major fail occurred when I opened the freezer door and said corn was no where to be found.

Oh well, improvise!  Corn —> corn chips. Right? Lol!

Once the peppers are done boiling, remove from the water and dry off a bit.

Then fill with the bean and salsa mixture.  Should be just enough for two.

Place into a 350F oven, loosely covered with foil, and bake for 20 minutes.

Remove the foil and bake 5 more minutes or so.

If you love cheese like I do but since lil sis won’t it eat we had none in our house then this would be the perfect time to top with some shredded goodness and let melt away!

In lieu of cheese we opted for guacamole… 

Which when spooned onto the warm stuffed pepper, melted into an oooey-gooey perfectly yummy and creamy topping! :)

Who knew?

So there you have it.  Easy weeknight meal.  Few ingredients. Super good-for-ya. And totally delicious.

What more could I ask for?

Happy Monday everyone!  Enjoy the start to your week… (hey, we’ve gotten through Monday at least :P )

Have you ever made stuffed peppers?  If so, what’s your favorite way to “stuff” them?!

Chipotle Bowls!

Last night the new roomie had a request for one of her favorite foods ever:  Chipotle bowls

I think she’s spent her life savings at Chipotle while in college, just sayin’ ;) 

So being the thrifty accountant that I am, I decided to do a recreation at home, with organic ingredients, much more flavor and for much less cost! 

And they were deemed by Ms. Chipotle herself to be “better than the real deal” so I’m thinking this was a total win. 

Her exact words “duhhh, why didn’t I ever think of doing this before?!” … lol, ahhh little sisters :P 

Black Bean & Brown Rice “Chipotle Bowls” 

Serves 3-4 

I’m hoping that mini-Fanatic will take these new cooking skills back to school and make these for herself next year and save her money for more important things, like beer & wine haha?… but we’ll see how that goes :P 


(1) Black Beans 

First start by piling the black bean mixture into a small pot on the stovetop. 

  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup fresh salsa
  • 1/2 cup water
  • hot pepper sauce to taste (for a kick!)
  • sea salt & black pepper to taste


I really like this brand of black beans, not sure why but they seem to be the best ones that I’ve found around town. 


And who doesn’t love fresh salsa, I mean really :P 


Check out the jalapenos that are showing some signs of life on the patio!  

I see some homemade salsa in our near future ;) 


Simply combine all of the above ingredients, cover the pot (over medium heat, or so the beans are just at a simmer) and allow to simmer while you cook the rice.  Stir occasionally. 


(2) Rice 

  • 1 cup brown rice, uncooked

Cook up the brown rice according to direction.  


The rice and beans should finish up around the same time, at which point you are ready to serve! 

(3) Toppings 

Get out all your appropriate Chipotle-like fixin’s… 


Mini-Fanatic has an obsession with guacamole.  Never seen anything quite like it lol love her :P 


Cilantro, tomatoes, lettuce. 


And just start building your bowl! 

Rice + cilantro. 


Black beans. 




Lettuce, tomato, guacamole and more cilantro. 


Love. In a bowl. <3 


Easy, delicious and not too bad on the ol’ wallet either. 

I think we’ve found ourselves a winner :D

What’s your favorite restaurant meal to recreate at home?!