For the past two weeks or so I have been on a major cooking strike. It started with having Javi’s brother in town for a week, we ate out with him a few times, and in between had dinner at his parents house, the week after that I was getting ready to go on an unexpected (but very exciting) trip (more on that later), so we were buying less fresh food and trying to use only what we had so it wouldn’t go bad…and somewhere in between all of that, life just happens, and cooking, something that I cherish and enjoy so much, becomes too daunting of a task.
For the most part the only two major balls I juggle are work and school. From 5pm on my day becomes devoted to three things, trying to exercise, trying to cook something healthy, and then trying to fit in at least 45 minutes of school work. Some weeks I balance this beautifully, other weeks I fall asleep in my work clothes at 5:30 and wake up at 10pm wishing there was more time in a day. Unfortunately, cooking is usually the first ball to drop on busier nights, or nights when I have more school work than usual. And this is why I have been absent from blogging for the last couple of weeks!
The other night I put my foot down to eating another night of takeout (or cereal) and went to the store to collect a few things from which we could make a quick, Mexican inspired dinner. Javi wanted tacos, I was craving quesadillas, and we wound up making burritos.
To save major time points, I used a mojo seasoned rotisserie chicken for the protein. Javi shredded it while I quickly sautéed some red onion and red bell pepper slices. We heated some refried beans, mixed some sweet corn with some brown rice and laid out a few other toppings such as guacamole and diced raw onion.
These came together quickly and were delicious topped with shredded cheddar, hot sauce and salsa.
We even got daring and pressed them in our panini press after wrapping. Which turned out to be a terrific idea. (MY idea.)
After a two week kitchen strike, preparing this meal was just what I needed to get back in the cooking mood…