Sunday, April 10, 2011

Yams in Burritos? Try it!

Sometimes I am amazed at how much money you can save just by cooking your own food.  Instead of going to a restaurant and easily spending $30 for two meals, you can pull together your own ingredients and spend next to nothing for a fantastic meal.  This next recipe is just one example of how it can be done.

Spicy Sweet Potato Burritos

You will need:
-2 sweet potatoees ($1.74)
-3/4 tsp ground cumin
-1/2 tsp ground coriander
-1/2 tsp garlic powder
-1/4 tsp black and red pepper
-2 tbs lime juice
-1 15oz can black beans
-1 cup corn 
-1/2 tomato
-1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
-1 cup shredded Mexican or cheddar cheese
-corn tortillas

Preheat oven to 400.  Pierce the sweet potatoes with a fork, place on a baking sheet and bake for 40-60 minutes, depending on the size of the sweet potatoes.  Or, if you're in a hurry, microwave the sweet potatoes for about 15 minutes.

Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and let cool.  Reduce oven heat to 350.  Scoop the insides out of the potatoes into a bowl and mash with the spices and lime juice.  Stir in the beans, corn, tomato, cilantro, and cheese.  Add salt to taste if using.  Spoon the mixture in the tortillas, roll up and bake for 10 minutes until heated through.  Serve with avocado, sour cream, and/or salsa.

Since I already had the spices I needed, this recipe cost me under $15!  And it made way more than Mr. PT and I could eat in one sitting.  In fact, it made enough for 2 more lunches!

So if you are trying to think of ways to save money, or need motivation to cook more at home, go to the grocery and DIY!

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