Celebrate Earth Day

Last week I said I would have a recipe for you in celebration of Earth Day that would be environmentally friendly (low carbon footprint) and provide a good start for Meatless Mondays at your house.  This recipe is a favorite of mine and is environmentally friendly as well as heart and waistline friendly.


Yellow Rice and Red Bean Burrito


  1 cup brown rice

  2 cups water

  ½ teaspoon turmeric

  ½ teaspoon black pepper

  1 tablespoon canola oil

  1 onion, diced

  1 green or red bell pepper, seeded and diced

  1 medium zucchini, diced

  1 15 oz. can black beans or red kidney beans

  4 10” whole wheat tortillas

  ½ cup tomato salsa (lower sodium)


Combine rice, water, turmeric, and pepper in saucepan.  Cook until rice is done – 25-35 minutes.  Meanwhile heat the oil in a medium sauté pan.  Add onion, bell pepper, and zucchini, cooking until tender, about 6 minutes.  Add the beans and cook until beans are heated, about 2 minutes.  Fold in the cooked rice.

Warm tortillas in a skillet.  Put tortilla on a plate and spread salsa down middle of tortilla.  Spoon  rice and bean mixture down center of tortilla roll tortilla.  Yield: 4 burritos.

Per serving: 454 calories, 14g protein, 7g fat, 86g carbohydrates, 0 cholesterol, 1136mg sodium, 11g fiber.  Recipe adapted from Vegetarian Times Low-Fat & Fast Mexican.