It’s that time of year again… New Year’s resolution time. My resolutions this year really are not changing much from last year. I’m simply aiming to lead a healthier life by staying active and making healthier choices, like eating more greens.
In the last year I’ve found that the most helpful recipes for staying on track are freezer-friendly recipes. They’re there for you on the days that you just don’t have your sh-t together. Forgot to go to the grocery store? Don’t have time to cook? Overslept? Don’t worry, the freezer is there for you.
This recipe is not much different than my Turkey & Black Bean burritos, just swap the black beans out and toss in the chickpeas. The first time I made these I was actually planning to make the black bean recipe, only to realize that I didn’t have any black beans in the pantry. I was a little worried it would be weird with the chickpea substitute, but they turned out to be delicious!
Improvising in the kitchen can be risky. You don’t always know how it will turn out, but I encourage you to go with your gut and get creative! What you create might be extra tasty.
Turkey & Chickpea Freezer Burritos
A lifesaver of a recipe when you’re in a pinch for a quick and delicious lunch!
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- 1 can chickpeas
- 1/2 onion (diced)
- 1 large tomato (diced)
- 1/2 summer squash (yellow or green) (diced)
- 2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
- 1 tbsp cooking fat
- 8 whole wheat tortillas
- shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1-2 tsp cayenne (to taste)
- Salt & pepper (to taste)
- Optional: (to taste)
- 1 tbsp cilantro (chopped)
- 1 heaping handful fresh spinach (chopped)
- Warm a cast-iron skillet or regular skillet over medium heat.
- Add oil, onions and garlic to the pan. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.
Add the rest of the veggies (tomato, squash, chickpeas, spinach), season with salt and pepper, cook until veggies begin to soften – about 5 min.
- Remove veggies from pan and set a side.
- In the same skillet, brown the turkey meat over medium or medium-high heat.
- Once browned, add the spices and combine, then add the veggies into the mixture. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.
- Remove burrito filling from heat, add cilantro and set aside.
Place a single tortilla on your work station, add a sprinkle of cheese, then spoon on the filling. The amount of filling you use depends on the size of the tortilla.
- Once cheese and filling are added to the tortilla, roll into a burrito. Eat fresh or store in freezer.
Wrap burrito in tin foil, label and store in freezer.
Remove from freezer.
Wrap in damp paper towel.
Microwave for 3 min.
Remove paper towel and let rest 1-2 min.
- Allowing the burrito to rest after reheating allows the excess moisture in the tortilla to evaporate.
- Freezer burritos are a totally lifesaver! Here are some more great recipes:
Happy munching! : )
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