Really, I don’t know what to tell you about these burritos. They are fabulous. And that sums it up. Really, truly, seriously the best burritos I’ve ever made or eaten. I have nothing else to tell you except that Dennis is losing his job.
Yeah, I know. What a way to drop a bomb. I guess I’m not good at breaking things gently. Or very good at segues, apparently. It’s something we’ve known about for several weeks and it’s something I’ve wanted to share, but how do you fit in personal information like that on a blog that usually only features recipes and reasons for thanksgiving? So I figured I’d just fit it in where I could.
Burritos and unemployment. Sure, it fits. :)
They no longer need him in the position he fills at his current job, and rather than move to a different department and take a pay cut and a position that would make him miserable, he accepted the soon-to-come lay-off. He applied for a job with the state as a 911 emergency call-taker, which would be a pay raise for him, and something he would find fulfilling and rewarding. He passed both his tests for the position with flying colors, and is scheduled for a “job information” session next week. We’re not sure what that exactly means, but we think it’s a good sign that they’ve asked him to come back.
When our preacher says a prayer, many times he has thanked God for the doors he opens, and the doors he closes. It is a good reminder to stay thankful not only for the good that God provides, but for things we perceive as bad as well. In this case, the closed door may very well lead to a better future for us.
It is easy to become complacent when you can make ends meet, so it can be good to be forced out of your comfort zone to reach a little higher for something that will allow you to provide better for your family. In addition to some house repairs, I could really use a new car, because I’m not sure Baby will last much longer. (You can witness Baby in all her hooptie glory, and me in my Valley-girl glory, in this video.) So this 911 job would be a step in a better direction for us! We are hopeful, but we know that whatever may come, God will provide.
As for the burritos, really, there’s nothing else for me to say. Best burritos ever. I really hope you try them!
Black Bean & Butternut Squash Burritos
Roasting the squash and cooking the rice makes this a long process for a lunch. I recommend preparing these two things in advance, so that when you’re ready for lunch, you only have to proceed as the recipe directs: heat and eat!
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 red pepper, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
2 teaspoons ground cumin, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
1 (15 oz) can black beans (about 1.5-2 cups cooked), drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
1/2 of a medium butternut squash, peeled, cubed, & roasted*
1 cup (4 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
4 large/extra-large flour tortillas
Toppings of choice: avocado, salsa, sour cream, spinach/lettuce, cilantro, etc
In a large skillet over medium-low heat, add oil, onion, and minced garlic. Sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the salt and seasonings and stir well. Add chopped red pepper, black beans, and cooked rice and sauté for another 10 minutes on low. Add the roasted butternut squash to the skillet and stir well. You can mash the squash with a fork if some pieces are too large. Add the cheese and heat another couple minutes.
Scoop bean filling onto tortillas along with desired toppings. Wrap and serve. Leftover filling can be reheated the next day for lunch in a wrap or as a salad topper.
*To roast the squash, preheat oven to 425F and line a rimmed baking sheet with tinfoil. Drizzle olive oil on squash and give a shake of salt and pepper. Coat with hands. Roast chopped butternut squash for 30-45 minutes (depending on the size of your cubes), or until tender. I highly recommend using the second half of your butternut squash in Jenna’s Split Pea Soup. It is fantastic!
Recipe source: tweaked from Oh She Glows