Trader Joe’s 99% Fat Free Bean & Rice Burritos

I picked up a pack of these 99% Fat Free Bean & Rice Burritos from Trader Joe’s and finally decided to take them out of the freezer to enjoy.  Burritos are a delicious treat for me, but typically the points plus values associated with them (particularly most of the frozen heat and eat kinds) are completely astronomical – at least too much for me to “splurge” on.
I love trying new foods and felt these particular bean and rice burritos were acceptable point wise to have as a meal, or if I was really hungry I could have both of them for dinner.  The burritos are made with organic rice and beans, if that’s an important fact for anyone.   They are a simple flour tortilla which is rolled together in a bean and rice mixture – I believe the beans are pink beans, some of which I assume are mushed up a little to give it a more “creamier” consistency.
The only downside is that the burritos are packaged into a single container and the directions state to poke holes in the plastic film and to heat both together.  I ate them on separate days, so the first burrito I wrapped up in a napkin and microwaved per the given time.  It came out alright, but the tortilla was a little chewier … you know that chewiness you get from putting tortillas in the microwave for too long?  The second burrito I heated up in the plastic wrap (with a long slit along the side where I removed the first burrito from) and I found that burrito cooked SO much better and tasted better than the first.
I found these to be tasty – not bad on their own, but I do feel eating them with a small salad and having some of your favorite salsa on the side for dipping makes them 10 times better.  The salsa brings a whole new flavor category to the burritos which is yummy.  On their own, the burritos taste like a bean and rice mixture – nothing spicy or even mild about it.
Each burrito is 6 points plus.  Well worth it, if you enjoy a burrito once in a while.
Have you tried the bean and rice burritos from Trader Joe’s?

Breakfast Burritos

Move over McDonald’s there’s a new breakfast burrito in town!  And a healthy breakfast burrito at that!

Last week I wanted something different for breakfast, so different is what I got.  I decided to make myself 2 breakfast burritos because I had one turkey sausage in the fridge and I wanted to use it up.  I found these turkey sausages at a local grocery store, Aldi, and have been hooked. They are quite possibly the best turkey sausages I have ever tried.  The greatest part is one sausage is only 2 points plus values and it tastes just like a pork sausage – it’s crazy (on my tastebuds).
These two burritos were only 6 points plus values!  Not only were they very low in points, but they were tasty, filling and a substantial breakfast that held me over well into lunch time.  I did serve these along side some cut up fresh strawberries.
Serves 1. 6 Points Plus Values.
  • ½ cup liquid egg substitute (Egg Beaters)
  • Turkey sausage link (if you cannot find a similar sausage, use a sausage that’s 2 points plus values)
  • 4 slices Hormel turkey pepperoni
  • 5-6 slices of frozen bell pepper
  • 1g (~1 ½ tablespoons) fat free shredded mozzarella
  • 2 Joseph’s Flax, Oat Bran & Wheat Flour Tortillas
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • Salt (to taste)
Slice your cooked sausage into slices and quarter the pepperoni slices.
Add the frozen bell peppers to the pan and stir for 15 or so seconds (just to allow the frost to dissipate).  Add the ½ cup of egg substitute to a nonstick skillet (you can spray with Pam just to ensure it won’t stick). Sprinkle with pepper and salt.
Scramble the eggs frequently to ensure the mixture cooks evenly.  Sprinkle with diced pepperoni and sausage, stir to combine – heating through. When mixture is cooked sprinkle with shredded mozzarella and let sit in the pan for a couple seconds until it melts.
Assemble burritos with the egg and meat mixture at the center of the tortillas.  Once all mixture is inside, fold the bottom portion of the tortilla, then fold in the sides, rolling to close.  Before closing feel free to garnish with any sauce of your choice (ketchup, salsa, hot sauce, etc.).
Bon appetite!