Burrito Meal prep

I will be the first one to say “I Love Burritos”– Seriously?! what’s not to love about them. They not only contain all the food groups, but they are also highly customizable and the best part is its handheld! Now burritos are not your typical “healthy” food but who says they can’t be?! Well, I say that CAN! You see if you want to successfully start eating healthier long term you need to incorporate the foods you love and find new healthier alternatives instead of just eating chicken, rice, broccoli every day for lunch but if that’s what you like than I say go for it.

Eating healthy does not need to be difficult or boring you just need to get a little creative and be willing to try different food options. Take this article as an example of how to successfully incorporate one of the most popular Mexican food — Burritos! into your meal prep while still staying on track to meet your health goals. This healthy burrito meal prep has you covered plus its way less expensive than buying out.

What is a Burrito?

Simply put a Burrito is a tightly tidy cylinder wrapped in a flour tortilla filled with your choice of meats, rice, beans, cheese, vegetables, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, and even some hot sauce. Customize and combine these foods to your liking and create your perfect burrito — that’s the BEAUTY of a burrito.

How to Create a Healthier Version of a Burrito

However, in order to stay on track and create a healthy version of a burrito, you want to opt certain foods for healthier more nutritious ones, such as:

Flour tortillas: The typical flour tortilla made for burritos contains a whopping 352 calories and 60 grams of carbs — WOW! it’s no wonder burritos are so high in calories, thankfully there are options. When looking for tortillas you want to take note of the nutrition facts and the ingredients used because there are whole wheat flour tortillas that might seem like good options but some are very high in carbs and overall calories. My favorite ones are the low carb whole wheat tortillas from La Tortilla Factory these contain only 90 calories, 6g net carbs, 13g fiber, and 8g protein plus they are large size. It’s a Win!

I found these at my local WinCo Foods store, but here is a link in case you are having a hard time finding good options at your local grocery store.

Meats: Stick with lean cuts such as lean ground beef, sirloin steak, chicken breast, chicken drumstick meat (without skin), or lean ground turkey. Just be cautious, especially if your goal is to lose weight and you’re trying to stick to a caloric deficit.

Rice: Go brown rice if you want a dose of healthy carbs and fiber, but you can also use white rice, couscous as alternatives.

Sour Cream: I love sour cream, but I can’t just have a little and this is where it gets dangerous because it adds up. Instead, if you’re like me opt for greek yogurt just add a hint of water or milk to thin the consistency. You can also add water to sour cream to make more out of less = fewer calories, just make sure not to add too much just enough to your liking.

Cheese: If your perfect burrito isn’t complete without cheese make sure you measure it because it’s easy to add a handful without thinking much about it.

How to Freeze Burritos

Now I know your main intention is to make burritos for meal prep ahead of time, if not you probably wouldn’t be reading this, that is why am going to shift focus on how to freeze a burrito so you can just pop it in the microwave for a couple of minutes.

To perfectly freeze a burrito you will need to bake them a little in the oven or you can also add a tiny bit of coconut oil or avocado oil in a pan to give it a quick crisp, this will help the burritos stay in place. Then you will need to let the burritos completely cool down and transfer them in a freezer bag or into freezer containers. This allows you to make a large batch for the week and freeze.

TIP: Make sure you warm-up your tortilla before assembling your burrito.

To reheat just microwave or bake them for a couple of minutes. If you don’t have access to a microwave at work/school these pack on great in insulated containers like these. Aside from this, you’ll just need to store your toppings in separate containers so you can just add them when you are ready to eat your burrito, this will also prevent your burrito from getting soggy.

Prefer not to Freeze Burritos?

Now if you prefer not to freeze your burritos and have a little bit of time to spare (2-3 mins) to prepare them on demand you can take the other route when you meal prep your burritos (which is what I usually do). To do this you will need to cook everything and store all your fillings and toppings (separately) in one container, see picture below for reference.

As you can see I combine all my fillings and store all my toppings in separate small containers to keep things nice and fresh. The only extra step you would need to do would be to warm-up your fillings and flour tortilla in the microwave. Microwave your tortilla for about 30 secs, depending on the size and thickness of the tortilla it may take more or less so you will need to keep an eye on it the first couple of times. You will want to avoid overheating it because this will cause the flour tortilla to rip much easier.

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Final Thoughts

Now before I share my recipes I want you to keep in mind that burritos are “HIGHLY CUSTOMIZABLE”. So if there is something you don’t necessarily like you can always just take it out and replace it with something else and I assure you that your burrito will still be delicious. Just an FYI in case you are too scared to mess with these recipes, burritos are very versatile.

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California Carne Asada Burrito

Healthy and delicious carne asada stuffed burritos, you can never go wrong with these. Simple yet delicious.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 7 Burritos
Calories 420 kcal

Ingredients

Fillings

  • 2 pounds Flank Steak Trim excess fat
  • 1 cup White Rice or Brown Rice
  • 2 15 oz can Beans, any is fine I used Pinto
  • 1 tbsp Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tsp Salt

Toppings

  • 1/2 cup Chooped onion
  • 1/2 cup Chooped cilantro
  • 1 c Salsa verde
  • 1/2 tbsp Avocado oil If freezing burritos
  • 7 tortillas Whole wheat flour tortillas

Instructions

If Freezing

  1. 1. Heat a saucepan and add 2 cups of water and cook rice according to package instructions. Set aside.

    2. Heat saucepan over medium heat add finely chopped flank steak, lime juice, and salt.

    3. Cook steak thoroughly for about 7-8 minutes, depending on the size and thickness of your steak it may take less or longer. Set aside.

    4. Heat your beans according to the package instructions. Set aside.

    5. Assemble Burritos by placing 1/2 cup of rice, 1/2 cup of beans, and 2oz steak. 

    6. Lightly Brush the tops and sides of burritos with avocado oil. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden.

    7. Allow the burritos to completely cool down. Then store them in freezer-friendly bags or containers.

    8. To reheat microwave for 1 1/2 minutes or bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Add toppings: salsa verde, onion, and cilantro, to taste. Enjoy!

If NOT Freezing

  1. 1. Heat a saucepan and add 2 cups of water and cook rice according to package instructions. Set aside.

    2. Heat saucepan over medium heat add finely chopped flank steak, lime juice, and salt.

    3. Cook steak thoroughly for about 7-8 minutes, depending on the size and thickness of your steak it may take less or longer. Set aside.

    4. Heat your beans according to the package instructions. Set aside.

    5. Divide 1/2 cup of rice, 1/2 cup of beans, and 2 oz of flank steak into meal prep containers. Set aside tortillas and toppings cilantro, onion, salsa. 

    7. When ready to eat heat tortilla in a skillet or microwave for 30 secs. Assemble with fillings and add toppings, too taste. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Freezer Burritos: 440 kcals (20 more cause of added oil)

 

 

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Spicy Chicken Chipotle Fajita Burrito

These spicy chicken chipotle burritos are healthy, filling, and delicious. Perfect for any meal.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 7 Burritos
Calories 430 kcal

Ingredients

Fillings

  • 1 cup White Rice or brown rice
  • 2 15oz can Beans, any is fine I used Black
  • 2 pounds Chicken breast, diced
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 whole Bell peppers, diced or sliced into thin strips Any color is fine
  • 1/2 Small onion, sliced into thin strips
  • 2 tbsp Avocado oil, seperate in half If not freezing you will only need 1 tbsp
  • Salt
  • 7 single Whole wheat tortillas

Toppings

  • 1 7 oz can Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. 1. Heat a saucepan and add 2 cups of water and cook rice according to package instructions. Set aside.

    2. Heat your beans according to the package instructions. Set aside.

    3. Heat saucepan over medium heat add finely diced chicken breast, chili powder, garlic powder, ground cumin, paprika, onion powder. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

    4. Cook chicken thoroughly until chicken is lightly golden brown.

    5. While the chicken is cooking, heat saucepan over medium heat add half of the avocado oil and onion, cook until translucent.

    6. Next, add your fajita vegetables to the saucepan and cook for about 4-5 minutes. 

    5. Assemble Burritos by placing 1/2 cup of rice, 1/2 cup of beans, 1/2 cup of fajita vegetables, and 2oz chicken.

    6. Lightly Brush the tops and sides of burritos with avocado oil. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden.

    7. Allow the burritos to completely cool down. Then store them in freezer-friendly bags or containers.

    8. To reheat microwave for 1 1/2 minutes or bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Then add toppings: 1/4 cup greek yogurt and 1 tbsp chipotle peppers. Enjoy!

If NOT Freezing

  1. 1. Heat a saucepan and add 2 cups of water and cook rice according to package instructions. Set aside.

    2. Heat your beans according to the package instructions. Set aside.

    3. Heat saucepan over medium heat add finely diced chicken breast, chili powder, garlic powder, ground cumin, paprika, onion powder. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

    4. Cook chicken thoroughly until chicken is lightly golden brown.

    5. While the chicken is cooking, heat saucepan over medium heat add your avocado oil and onion until and cook until translucent.

    6. Next, add your fajita vegetables to the saucepan and cook for about 4-5 minutes.

    7. Divide by placing 1/2 cup of rice, 1/2 cup of beans, 1/2 cup of fajita vegetables, and 2oz chicken into meal prep containers. Set aside tortillas and toppings: 1/4 greek yogurt, 1tbsp chipotle peppers, and flour tortillas.

    8. When ready to eat heat tortilla in a skillet or microwave for 30 secs. Assemble with fillings and add toppings. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Freezer Burritos: 450 kcals (cause of added oil)

 

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Rice & Beans Fajita Burrito

This rice and bean burrito is not only vegan it is also so delicious! Makes a perfect meal for any time of the day.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 7 Burritos
Calories 431 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup White rice Brown rice is also fine
  • 2 15 oz cans Beans, any is fine I used black
  • 2 Bell peppers, diced or sliced into thin strips any color is fine
  • 1/2 Small onion, diced or sliced into thin strips
  • 2 tbsp Avocado oil, seperate in half If not freezing you will only need 1 tbsp
  • Salt
  • pepper

Fillings

Toppings

  • 3 1/2 Avocados
  • 8 oz Fresh homeade salsa or store bought

Instructions

If Freezing

  1. 1. Heat a saucepan and add 2 cups of water and cook rice according to package instructions. Set aside.

    2. Heat your beans according to the package instructions. Set aside.

    3. Heat saucepan over medium heat add half of the avocado oil and onion, cook until translucent.

    4. Next, add your fajita vegetables to the saucepan and cook for about 4-5 minutes.

    5. Assemble Burritos by placing 1/2 cup of rice, 1/2 cup of beans, and 1/2 cup of fajita vegetables.

    6. Lightly Brush the tops and sides of burritos with the rest of avocado oil. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden.

    7. Allow the burritos to completely cool down. Then store them in freezer-friendly bags or containers.

    8. To reheat microwave for 1 1/2 minutes or bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Then add toppings: 1 oz avocado~about half a small avocado and salsa, to taste. Enjoy!

If NOT Freezing

  1. 1. Heat a saucepan and add 2 cups of water and cook rice according to package instructions. Set aside.

    2. Heat your beans according to the package instructions. Set aside.

    3. Heat saucepan over medium heat add finely chopped chicken breast, chili powder, garlic powder, ground cumin, paprika, onion powder. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

    4. Cook chicken thoroughly until chicken is lightly golden brown.

    5. While the chicken is cooking, heat saucepan over medium heat add half of the avocado oil and onion, cook until translucent.

    6. Next, add your fajita vegetables to the saucepan and cook for about 4-5 minutes.

    7. Divide by placing 1/2 cup of rice, 1/2 cup of beans, and 1/2 cup of fajita vegetables into meal prep containers. Set aside tortillas and toppings: 1 oz Avocado ~about 1/2 small avocado and salsa.

    8. When ready to eat heat tortilla in a skillet or microwave for 30 secs. Assemble with fillings and add toppings. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Freezer Burritos: 451 kcals (cause of added oil)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi, I'm Rosie and I am a wife, mother of 2, and a part-time employee. I am here to help inspire and encourage other women that also run on a busy schedule and share my personal fitness development and knowledge. Helping busy Mama's achieve their fitness goals even on a crazy busy schedule is my purpose.

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