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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Easy Halloween Meal- Crockpot Burrito fixings


Halloween is a fun time to have friends and family over. And if you have an active family where kids are "trick or treating" or going to parties, you want a meal you can make ahead, is flexible so people can eat at different times and there is plenty for unexpected company. Most importantly, you want something hardy, that has protein, and will "stick to the ribs" since it is likely many will be eating too many sweets and lots of sugar!

Here is the meal I planned. It starts with a Barley, Black Bean and Corn Burritos crockpot recipe. This is actually a vegetarian meal and is something you can assemble and let slow cook early in the day. The crockpot fixings are then rolled up in a burrito and topped with salsa and 2 tablespoons of sour cream. The recipe describes placing 2 burritos on a bed of shredded lettuce to serve. If this is a much more informal meal, I suggest putting the lettuce in the burrito instead. It will make it easier to eat.

I completed the meal with strawberries. These can be cut up to be put in a bowl to eat or left whole so they can be eaten with your fingers, again depending on when and how you are serving your meal.

This is a simple yet festive meal that can be made to be very flexible and work well even if you are not having a "sit down" meal. Our family loved the burritos. The vote was to put it on the list of repeats.

Calories for 2 burritos with toppings is 402. One cup of strawberries is 52 calories for a total of 454 calories for the meal. I added a 6 ounce glass of red wine for 120 calories. Total for the evening festivities: 574 calories.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!