I don’t know about you folks, but I love, love, LOVE butternut squash. As I mentioned in last week’s Linguine with Sweet Potatoes, Spinach & Ham post, I’m trying to eat more seasonal produce and luckily for me, ‘tis totally the season for a ton of delicious squash. Whether roasted, made into soups, or even into soufflés, butternut squash lends itself to a variety of dishes much like my other favorite squash, the pumpkin. Personally I’m perfectly happy just cutting it up into cubes, roasting it in the oven for about 20 minutes, and snacking on the little cubes like they’re candy. I figured I’d take this a step further and put said roasted cubes of goodness into a nice vegetarian burrito.
More vegetables, Poor Girl? YES!!! I seem to be hell-bent on eating even more veggies lately. Maybe it’s because I’m trying to fortify myself against any further illnesses until next flu season, or maybe it’s because I had too much Panda Express last week (I ended up w/a gift card & coupons and ugh… that stuff just weighs you down if you eat it more than once in any given month. There’s a reason why I don’t eat much of that kind of thing). Regardless, I am on a mission and I’m taking you all with me. 🙂
I like how this turned out because it puts a different spin on vegetarian burritos. I think we’re all familiar with the standard rice & bean variety, or perhaps fajita-style burritos sans meat (think Chipotle-style burritos). They’re awfully tasty, but it’s the same old, same old. The juxtaposition of flavors in these burritos is an absolute delight to the palate as you dig in: smoky, cumin spiced black beans, sweet roasted butternut squash, and a healthy dose of crisp spinach – what’s not to love? These are quite good and quite good for you, as they’re definitely packed with fiber and vitamins. And they’re cheap!!! The entire recipe ends up costing roughly $5, making the cost per burrito a mere $1.67. Depending on how big a squash you use and how much you fill your burritos, you can feed between 3-4 folks with this. Tasty, good, and $5 to serve 3 people? It works for me!