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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Quick Vegan Bean Burritos

I was a little drunk one night, and really busy with some very important gaming, but I managed to take a (somewhat terrible) photograph of this meal I whipped up in less than 15 minutes.

It's quick, it's entirely vegan, and it's actually really good for you.  Maybe a little high in carbs (I said I was a little inebriated, after all), but really quite healthy.

I don't need to go into a lot of details, but one question I am asked often (if not the most often), is can I 'give examples of quick, healthy, vegan meals?'

Well this one is a staple of mine, and I make some sort of variation of this meal roughly once a week.

Essentially, I just chop some white onion, sweat it for a few minutes in a touch of vegetable oil, add a lot of minced garlic, and a diced chilli or two, and then add in a can of "beans in tomato sauce".  Heat that up and then sprinkle in some freshly crushed cumin seeds, a dash of oregano, and a touch of salt. 

It can take as little as ten minutes from start to finish if you do it right.

Pair it with some flour tortillas (literally just flour and water), and maybe a side of hot sauce (chillies and vinegar), and it is absolutely delicious, and immensely satisfying.

Sorry about the quality of this one...

Of course you could just dump a can of beans into a pot, heat, and then serve, but it really doesn't take long to add the 'good' stuff.

Some variations I often do include adding refried pinto beans (in addition to a nice beany taste, they make the entire mixture nice and uniform as well), add some other veggies like tomatoes or peppers, making the navy beans from scratch (bagged vs. canned), or using a different legume (or legumes) entirely, such as lentils, or chick peas.

Anyway, the purpose of this was just to provide one really simple example of a relatively decent vegan meal (throw in a salad and it's a perfectly balanced meal), that was really fast and dead simple to make.

Also super tasty.  And if you do use the tortillas, also kinda fun.