Wow, I meant to post this a long time ago! I’m already feeling a little wistful of that beautiful outdoor lighting that I was able to get this summer while taking photos during and after dinner. Living in the Seattle area, it is now dark at 4:30 pm!
So, this was a couple of months ago, but I wanted to show an example of a quick, hearty and versatile vegan meal that is a favorite at our house and definitely won’t weird out any omnivores that may be coming to your table. It’s a simple burrito bar…make any combination of these dishes, lay them out on the table, and let your guests (or family) make what they want!
Pictured Above: Shredded romaine, whole wheat tortillas, refried pinto beans, salsa, cilantro, whole black beans, pico de gallo, brown rice, roasted zucchini and mushrooms, and vegan sour cream.
Of course there are a lot of dishes you could add to this meal, like guacamole, corn, black olives, corn chips…the sky’s the limit. (Feel free to comment with your favorite taco/burrito bar additions.)
Some of us chose to make big juicy burritos, and others chose to make a hearty taco salad. (What can I say? I chose both!) Check out the awesome salad my husband put together. Don’t you just want to dig in?
After eating generous helpings of this meal, we still had tons of leftovers! One of my favorite things to do with leftovers is to freeze individual portions. This makes it easy for my husband to grab a lunch on the way to work that won’t spill in his work bag on the bus, even if it’s a soup – because it’s frozen solid! So I made a bunch of burritos, assembly-line style, and popped them in the freezer. (I labeled these rice and bean burritos as I already had some tofu scramble breakfast burritos tucked away!)
I love this meal because it is quick and easy, you can use whatever ingredients you have on hand, and it is pleasing to both vegans and omnivores alike. Omnivores, if you are having vegan guests over, consider making burritos! Our extended family does this for us all the time, and it is always delicious. And vegans, if you are having omnivores over for dinner, this is certainly a safe, familiar choice. Best of all, it is such a healthy and balance meal – whole grains from the tortillas and brown rice, protein from the black beans and pinto beans, veggies in the salsa, lettuce, and grilled veggies.
Now, I’m off to add some of these ingredients to my weekly grocery list, as I now have a hankering for burritos!