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Experimentation with OAMC: Burrito

Sweet Potato Burrito

I stuck to my Meal Plan. A few weeks ago, I made Sweet Potato Burritos but there were so many! So I wrapped each burrito in plastic wrap, then put them in a freezer bag. I wasn’t sure what I should do with them after that so went searching.

I ended up cooking two in the microwave for 5 minutes, then crisping up the tortilla in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes. (I probably could have been fine with just the nuked version so I’m thinking lunch…) I topped the burrito with Pace Picante sauce since the first time eating it was bland.

There was some cilantro in the fridge from I don’t know what, so I took a few leaves from that and added it to already hot corn. Very num! (Needed no salt or butter.)

Dinner: Spinach and Mushroom Quesadilla

Spinach, Mushroom Quesadilla The smell was Heaven! It was very quick and easy and tasted fantastic. The omnivore said when it was in the pan, “Oh, you’re sneaking that vegetarian stuff in on me.” No. I’m not sneaking. I’m on day four-ish though of meatlessness. It requires experimentation.

I was still eating while attending my online master’s degree class. Thankfully, I finished before it was my turn to talk. 🙂

I think to save time, I can have the spinach/mushroom mixture cooked before. I just had enough for three quesadillas and two were eaten by the omnivore. (Yep, that good.) Also, next time, I will serve it with something wet like salsa.

Before I put the top tortilla on:
Spinach, Mushroom Quesadilla

Spinach and Mushroom Quesadillas

from: Martha Stewart

Serves 4

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 medium red onions, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces (2 1/4 cups) button or cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 6 ounces (about 8 cups) prewashed spinach, shredded
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 8 flour tortillas (8-inch)
  • 8 ounces (2 cups) pepper Jack cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a 12-inch skillet over medium heat, warm 1 tablespoon oil. Cook the onions, stirring occasionally, until lightly golden, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally, until they’re tender, 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Add spinach in two batches, letting the first batch wilt slightly before adding the next; cook until spinach is completely wilted and mixture is dry, 2 to 3 minutes total. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Brush one side of tortillas with remaining tablespoon oil. Place 4 tortillas, oiled sides down, on two baking sheets. Layer each tortilla with cheese, spinach mixture, and more cheese, dividing evenly. Top with the remaining 4 tortillas, oiled sides up, and lightly press to seal.
  4. Bake until cheese has melted and tortillas are golden brown, turning them once, about 10 minutes. To serve, cut quesadillas into quarters.

In-famous Taco Salad

What does that mean? “In-famous”?

In-famous is when you’re more than famous.

Three Amigos

When I first made this Taco Salad years ago, I was chatting with a friend online. I mentioned what I was making and he asked if I use French or Catalina dressing. What! French dressing? Catalina? Seriously?

No. No salad dressing or at least none found in the salad dressing section of the supermarket. The dressing I use is “Pace Picante Sauce.”

Taco Salad

Dinner: May 18, 2008

  • I usually make this salad when I have leftover taco meat. The ratio is mostly (90%?) romaine lettuce — romaine is much better than iceberg — and then a little microwave-nuked taco seasoned meat piled in the middle. I sprinkle a little shredded cheese on that, and then sprinkle some onions and diced tomato (if I feel like it). On top of that, I pour some Picante sauce. Nom! The best part is gathering up each part on the fork to make the perfect bite. Since I make this with extremely lean meat, and not much of it, and the rest are “freebies” except for a little cheese, this is pretty healthy. It’s also wicked fast if you have the leftover bits.