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I love wrapping things up in a tortilla. Make sure to warm the tortilla first!

Bean and Rice Burritos

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Another one from the dawn of my culinary bachelor past. This dish is easy, cheap, nutritious, and delicious. It's so easy, I've lost the recipe, I haven't made it in 5 or more years, and still I was able to figure it back out from scratch.

This is a classic easy weeknight meal. Make some rice (20 minutes), build the burritos (5 minutes), and bake for 20 minutes, and you're done. The main ingredients, rice and beans, are pantry staples. The most expensive ingredient is the cheese, but it's good to keep some cheese around for cheese emergencies (though, in my opinion, the only emergency is not having cheese).

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bean and rice burritos on
a plate

Breakfast Burritos

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Over the last year and a half, I've been levelling up my basic cooking skills, like sauteéing and improvising. So, since I had some tortillas from the chicken lunch wraps, and some mushrooms from last night's chicken with white wine, I decided to try making another breakfast burrito.

Unlike the last breakfast burrito, this one had mushrooms and onions, and no rice. To get the most flavor possible, I sauteéd the onions and mushrooms until golden brown and delicious. Then, I turned off the burner, and with the remaining heat, scrambled the eggs. I assembled the lot into a warm tortilla, and for a finishing touch, added some salt, pepper, and tabasco.

I wish I could eat like this every morning. Having a nice, relaxing 30 minute, freshly-made breakfast. Maybe I need to start getting into the habit...

Breakfast burrito with egg, mushroom, and onion on
a plate

Chicken Lunch Wraps

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I've been looking for a quick, easy, and healthy lunch. Unfortunately, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches fill only two of those requirements (especially when eaten daily). I've also been looking to up my greens intake.

In the building I used to work in, they had an excellent deli that served fresh sandwiches and wraps. For the longest time, I ate the club sandwich. But, one day I decided to try their grilled chicken wrap, and I was hooked.

So here's a chicken lunch wrap recipe. It requires a little prep, but the chicken can be made in large batches and kept for a week. I went with cabbage, which has a different flavor. I tried two variations: Ranch dressing (unhealthy) with cheddar, and fat-free Italian dressing (healthy) with pepperjack, both to good effect.

Here's to a week's worth of healthy lunches!

chicken lunch wraps on a plate

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Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

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Here's what happened to the rest of last week's 10-lb pork roast: slow cooker pork carnitas.

Just like before, this was incredibly easy. After 3 hours, the pork was cooked but still holding together. After 4 hours, it was tender enough to shred. I substituted lemon juice for orange juice, because I had an extra lemon on hand. I tried it without reducing the braising liquid, and it was effectively tasteless. Reduce the liquid to add the lovely flavor back.

Braised pork shoulder with onions and jalapenos in slow
cooker

This worked well as soft tacos for almost a week. A bit of lettuce, cheese, and sour cream turned it into something reminiscent of Taco Bell, if they'd ever serve pork (and I mean that in the best possible way).

All together, my experiment with a pork shoulder turned out great, and I'm glad to have another thing to look out for when I'm perusing the local grocery store.

Pork Carnitas on a soft taco shell with lettuce, cheese, and sour
cream