Salad Burritos!

One of my favorite “fast food” items are the Chicken Salad Burritos at Baja Fresh.

However, since leaving Washington D.C. I have not had the pleasure of eating one of these. There is one Baja Fresh in ALL of Kansas City and it’s right in the middle of UMKC’s campus…. so maybe when I go to grad school I will eat more salad burritos there?? Hmm…

Meanwhile!

I have started making these at home to compensate for not getting them from Baja Fresh!
They are so delicious…. so easy… and PACKED with veggies, protein, etc… Yummy!

Here is how I make them:

Salad Burritos

Start with 2-3 pieces of Chicken Breast depending on how many you’re cooking for and if you want leftovers. I always make 3 since that is how many usually come in a thing of Chicken Breast from the store – and we usually can eat one Salad Burrito each (They’re HUGE!) and still have enough leftovers to do this again for dinner another night.

Trim the fat off of your chicken and cut the meat into small strips like so…


Put your chicken in a large deep skillet.
Add the following:

– Black Pepper
– Coarse Sea Salt
– Lemon Juice
– Lime Juice
– Garlic Powder

You can use good judgement on how much of these ingredients to use. You’re just flavoring your chicken, so however salty or limey or peppery you like it is up to you!

Next…

Gather your ingredients for stuffing the burritos. There is some leniency here for the type of things you want in your burritos, BUT Salad Burritos in particular have A LOT of chopped green leaf lettuce in them – more so than most of the other ingredients. Hence, it’s like have a salad wrapped in a tortilla – delicious!

The Ingredients I choose:

– Green Leaf Lettuce
– 1 large diced tomatoes! (Gotta love that lycopene!)
– Shredded Chedder Jack or similar cheese
– Salsa
– 1 can of corn
– 1 can of Northern White Beans – (these beans have been found to contain the most protein per bean than any other type. )
– 1 package of Mission brand Jalepeno Cheddar Tortillas. (Any brand or flavor works, but the bigger the tortilla the better!) 

(Sometimes I also add Black Olives, but I could seriously put Black Olives in everything.)

Feel free to substitute any other types of beans or lettuce you prefer. You can also add other veggies like onions or bell peppers, but keep in mind you don’t want to make the burrito too heavy or it ceases to be a Salad Burrito and becomes more like a Chipotle Fajita Burrito.

Also, if you’re going vegetarian or vegan, these are just as delicious without Chicken or even cheese…. have fun with it. 🙂

THEN

Simply add all your ingredients into the tortilla with the Chicken and Salsa.

Then pick up your burrito and enjoy! 😀

The Best is Yet to Come

It has been a while since I blogged –  and for that, friends, I am sorry.

Besides being just plain busy, life has just given me a little more to think about than normal. But I’ve been managing to get by.

Posts to come will revolve around the following topics:

– My recipe for Salad Burritos
– Our visit to the Kansas City Art Fair
– God speaking to my heart through a particular Sunday morning service
– The audacity of people to call themselves a Christ-centered loving community and then behave in an obviously and openly rude and inconsiderate manner
– My recipe for Chili
– Our Small Group and how it blesses me
– A trip down memory lane with old pics I found (You might be in them! Your wife/husband might be in them! Stay tuned!)

All this is coming and more in no particular order. 🙂

In the meantime, enjoy this cute picture of Pumpkin:

School and Work and Life – oh my!

Well friends, it has been a crazy couple of weeks! I have never felt so busy!

School started 3 weeks ago… It has been a weird mix of classes this semester, as opposed to last year when ALL of my courses were English oriented. Now I have 1 English Class , 1 Spanish Class, 1 Writing Class and 1 Art Class.

Mi Universidad:

Early English Lit is going okay. The teacher doesn’t believe in standardized tests, so I am immensely grateful for that because I don’t either! So far we have read classics like Beowulf and Sir Gawain and The Green Knight. Contrary to most of my friends who read these in High School, I had never read these stories before. They have a very Jonathan Edwards feel to them – which I love. 🙂

Spanish is going MUCH better than I expected. It is still insanely difficult, but my teacher is fun and patient and helpful…. I think I just may make it out alright.

Drawing 1 is my art class this semester. My teacher reminds me of Liz Lemon, err… Tina Fey. Not in the funny haha sort of way. She isn’t funny at all actually…. But that she looks like her and has her hair and her frumpy “Liz Lemon” clothes and her facial expressions…. She is also very nice. If I could get her to make a witty comment, I’d be in heaven. 🙂

Two of my favorite drawings I have done. Both were done with Charcoal. The first was on Newsprint Pad and the 2nd was on Manila paper.

My writing class is Composition Theory. There is a lot of reading homework and Dr. Donnelli loves to keep us busy. In spite of all of this, Comp Theory is turning out to be one of my most helpful and most enjoyable classes yet! It is – so far – completely pedagogically oriented. I feel like I am learning practical hands-on ideas and concepts that will help me tremendously when it is my turn to teach…. very good stuff…

I went running on the brand new track at Park:

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This week I had 3 jobs. Most days I woke up early to go to school, went to one job after that, went back to school and then went to another job after that. With the exception of Wednesday and Today – I was up and out the door by 8am and did not return home until 10:30pm. Exhaustion was the outcome. Today I skipped my morning class just so I could get more than 5 hours of sleep for once. I feel great!

I decided to go seasonal at Barnes and Noble. The short story is that I wasn’t out looking for another job, but I was becoming silently frustrated with B&N. A lady came in and offered me a job at Lenscrafters completely unsolicited. I inquired into it and discovered that she was the Regional Director of HR for Lenscrafters and that if SHE wanted me to come apply, then I basically had the job.  I have now work at Lenscrafters for 3 days and I am working there again this afternoon. There is a lot of training involved, but I LOVE IT. The work environment is so much more professional and laid back. Yesterday I helped a little girl find the cutest bright pink frames for “her style.” It makes me want to have some babies just so I can buy them cute glasses! 😀

Tomorrow is my last day at B&N. I did not quit, but I went “seasonal” which allows me to work ONLY when I am available (Summers and Holidays). The perk is that I get to keep my B&N discount all year long. Yay! 🙂

I also was contacted on Care.com by a man who wanted someone to tutor his wife in English Spelling, Grammar, Speaking and Writing. She is from Iran (not I-Ran like I pronounced it, but “EE-Rahn” like it is really pronounced.) The pay is worth the added 6 hours a week to my schedule and actually works out perfectly! I tutor her directly after my Spanish classes on Tuesday and Thursday every week, so it doesn’t disrupt anything in my life at all. We had out first session yesterday. His wife – Fatemeh- is so sweet and so eager to learn. She speaks conversational English well and is easy to understand. She wants to go to college, but has the writing abilities of a 4th-5th grader. I am up for the challenge and felt totally in my element yesterday.

God is so good to bring along something like this. Not only do we need the extra money, but this is MY PASSION. I want to do this as my job after Grad School and what better experience than to be a private tutor to someone one on one! 🙂

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So that is where my life has been for the past 3 weeks or so. In between work and school have been friends and church and baby showers and small coffee breaks, but all in all I have just been plain BUSY.

I made homemade cupcakes for a friend’s “Jungle Themed” Baby Shower:

I also made her a homemade Diaper Cake that turned out FANTASTIC!

Pumpkin Spice Lattes have recently come back in season. They make me soooo happy. 🙂

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The good thing is that I feel great despite the fatigue. I am doing what I love and living life with people I love – who could ask for more?
The bad thing is that my house is an epic disaster….. anyone want to help me come clean Sunday? haha