Wrap it up. Wraps are a great way to deliver vegetables and protein to picky kids.
2 Tbsp (30 mL) extra-virgin olive oil 1 1/2 cups (350 mL) chopped onions 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped green bell peppers 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped carrots 1/2 cup (125 mL) diced celery 1 3/4 tsp (9 mL) minced garlic 2 1/4 cups (560 mL) unsalted crushed tomatoes 2 1/2 cups (625 mL) canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained 2 1/4 tsp (11 mL) chili powder 1/2 tsp (2 mL) sea salt 1 1/2 cups (350 mL) frozen spinach 10 whole wheat or gluten-free rice wraps
In medium saucepan over medium-low heat, add olive oil and sweat vegetables (except tomatoes, beans, and spinach) until soft and translucent. Add tomatoes, beans, and spices and bring to a simmer. Lower heat and continue simmering for 20 minutes.
Add frozen spinach, stirring occasionally until simmering again.
To serve, add 1/2 cup (125 mL) of filling to each wrap.
Makes 10 burritos.
Each serving contains: 268 calories; 10 g protein; 7 g total fat (1 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 43 g total carbohydrates (3 g sugars, 8 g fibre); 503 mg sodium
source: "Lunch Ideas Kids Will Love!", alive #371, September 2013
Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this roasted vegetable appetizer platter. High quality ingredients, a variety of textures and colours, fresh herbs, and a flash of lemon make it shine. Not all olive oils and balsamics are created equal Use your good, fruity, cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil to accompany this appetizer platter, since the quality and flavour will shine through. You can use a more neutral and affordable olive oil for roasting the vegetables, if you prefer. As for the balsamic vinegar, use either an aged one that’s thick and sweet, or reduce a young balsamic in a small saucepan until thick, optionally adding a pinch of sugar to sweeten it (see the oyster mushrooms with caramelized parsnips recipe for helpful directions). A store-bought balsamic glaze that’s already been thickened works as well, but check the ingredients for unwanted preservatives and sweeteners.
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