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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: Fall harvest!

I got a bit curious and also it was time to clean out the vegetables before they spoil. 1 gigando sweet potato, 1 organic golden delicious apple, 1 bunch asparagus, 1/2 red onion, splash of olive oil and salt.

I had a pile of scraps and turned toward the trash can. But instead of tossing the scraps, I put them in a bowl. I felt good.

Scrap Bowl #1

Then I tossed on the apple core.

Scrap Bowl #2

Then family member asked about it. I said proudly, “It’s my compost pile! I’m going to dig a hole and stick it in there.” Seems that will feed the voles but that’s better than sitting in a plastic bag in the dump. But since it was dark, I then started a bigger compost bowl and topped it with aluminum foil since I can recycle that.

Scrap Bowl #3

What will happen next? Not sure! But I will add to it until it’s full and then either toss it in a hole or have a bin ready.

And, now for dinner.

Sweet potato, onions, asparagus, apples


    Sweet potatoes and onions
    Cut up peeled sweet potato and boiled for about 15 minutes while I sauteed a roughly quartered half red onion in olive oil over medium. Once the sweet potato was done, I added it (without the water) to the pan so that it would get a little color to it and mix around with the onion.

  • Apple, organic, Golden Delicious
  • Asparagus
    Basically this recipe except I use a lot less olive oil. I just dribble a little on top.

Lunch: Leftover sweet potatoes, green beans and grapes

Light? Perhaps. But I was full till 5 p.m. yesterday when I ate sweet potatoes so we’ll see today!

Better on the landfill touching, definitely.


  • Sweet potatoes, mashed, in the green bean container. Didn’t overnuke this time! Was heavenly. Mmmm.
  • Grapes. The last of the grapes. Not organic. I wish. I know they should be. But at least they’re not going bad this time! I made a conscious effort to eat them before the fuzz took them.
  • Utensils and washcloth. The towel was too big so I brought my fork in a washcloth. Much better size. Smaller space in a laundry pile too.

Eating while glancing through Eat, Shrink and Be Merry which came in through Interlibrary Loan last night! Woo hoo!

Eat, Shrink and Be Merry!

I love me some Interlibrary Loan 🙂 I can feed — groan — my cookbook addiction without paying for books or overloading my already overloaded bookcases.

Dinner: Braised Balsamic Chicken

Chicken breast was on sale. You know what that means! Yep. Time to cook around the sales!

I thought I’d go for color with the dish and had some leftover sweet potato in the fridge. I don’t know why but I feel in my head there is a love for pairing sweet potato and the tang of balsamic. Maybe I just made that up. Either way, it was good. Next time, I think I would add more liquid cause the breasts were thick — even though I cut them in half to thin them — and took a bit to cook through. The liquid reduced. If I were to serve this over pasta, having more of a sauce would be good.

balsalmic chicken


  • Braised Balsamic Chicken
    Boneless, skinless chicken breast on sale at Food Lion for $1.99 a pound.
  • Mashed sweet potato
  • Green beans

Dinner: Sweet Potato Burrito

Something was off. I’m not sure what. Maybe the garlic? It basically just tasted like a bean burrito to me. The other eater thought the sweet potato was weird. I wrapped up the leftovers (lots) in plastic and put them in the freezer. I’ll post when I try that. I’m new to the freezing thing 🙂

Sweet Potato Burrito

Dinner: Sweet Potato Burrito