Furlough Veggie Burritos

I found out I have to take 10 days off of work without pay.

I have until the end of the year.

The way I see it? I just paid for two weeks of extra vacation. A day here, a day there. Who else is going to benefit besides me? You, Internet.

I will be showing you how to make delicious, cheap meals just like this one. They will keep your budget reined in and your stomach happy. Whether you’re taking mandatory unpaid vacation or not.

I refuse to be upset about taking additional time off of work. That is something that always sounds like a good idea ... so long as they don't make this a regular thing.

I refuse to be upset about taking additional time off of work. That is something that always sounds like a good idea ... so long as they don't make this a regular thing.

I am not going to go to the extent of figuring out what this meal cost like I did with the recession meatballs, but I can tell you it’s pretty cheap and likely on the healthy side.

We like the veggie burritos because it’s a good way to add a vegetarian meal to your week without having it feel like a sacrifice. The rice and black beans provide a lot of sustenance. And as long as you top it off with some cheese and/or sour cream, you’d never know the meat wasn’t in there.

So if you are in the same boat as me, I am talking to you Gannett employees, let’s make some furlough veggie burritos. It will make us feel good while we ride out the shitty economy.

The rice mix for the burritos may look slightly familiar to regular Feaston readers. It’s just about the same mix as the popular veggie stuffed peppers we featured a few months ago. Only this time, we put a Mexican spin on it.

To start, get some rice going. You’re going to want to make 1 cup uncooked. Follow the directions on the bag. While you’re at it throw in some spices so they blend into the rice while it cooks. I chose cumin, cilantro, chili powder and some black pepper.

While the rice is cooking, pull out a can of black beans and a can of diced tomatoes. Rinse and drain them.

You don't want all that gunk in there.

You don't want all that gunk in there.

Set these aside for now. We’ll need them in a minute.

Tend to your rice. You’re going to want a little moisture in the pot, but not a lot. I tend to like my rice a little on the sticky side, so I let it cook for longer. Just beware, when you do this, rice will stick to the bottom of the pot. I don’t mind, that’s how I like it.

When your rice has reached your desired consistency, dump your black beans in and give it a good stir. I added some hot sauce right into the mix.

I thought it made it MUCH better.

I thought it made it MUCH better.

Now, you’re pretty much done. Although I would suggest warming up your tomatoes in the microwave.

Like I said earlier, this is best served with some additional toppings, be it tomatoes, salsa, cheese, or sour cream. You can do it up Feaston style and load those babies up. The more the merrier.

If you happen to be in the mood for meat, check out Feaston’s grilled beef burritos. If you can still afford it.

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