Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Holy Wah: Cilantro Lime Burritos

Remember how I was all "create your own happiness" and "be good to yourself"? Yeah, nothing like being challenged with a taste of my own medicine. Holy wah, my life just got busy. Work has been crazy cats lately (I just made up the phrase crazy cats, I'm probably never going to use it again). Its much easier to stay positive, eat healthy, and be kind to myself when my life is in balance. When its crazy cats (seriously, last time) I'm a pizza craving lunatic. Stressful life = stressful eating. I mean, who really craves a salad when they're stressed out? Broccoli? No. Try pizza. For me, its pizza every time (am I the only one.....?). Instead, my body (and sanity) needs me to create balance. Now more than ever. (Before you get excited, I'm not going to be posting a pizza recipe today. I know, total let down.)

Today's game plan: Do things that make me happy and support de-stressing. Pronto!

Smile. At strangers. At myself. In the mirror. It doesn't matter as long as your smiling. 

Dance. Thank you Pandora for the 80's channel. Nothing really highlights my dance moves quite like Cindy Lauper. (and can you really NOT smile while dancing to 80's music? These two go hand in hand). 

Breathe. I recently got into yoga and couldn't be more happy about my new found love. "Breathing in, I know that I'm alive. Breathing out, I smile to my aliveness" -Thich Naht Hahn

This plan got me through the day, in one piece, without ANY flailing at all! It was enough to break my pizza craving and motivate me to cook. Dont forget, we gotta keep the cells happy! My cells love grain-free, dairy-free burritos (tacos?) with cilantro lime cream sauce. (and they hate pizza... darn them!)

With hot sauce

 Without hot sauce

To make the tortillas, I used this recipe. I have had LOTS of trial and error making grain-free tortillas, and this one is by far (by FAR!) the best. It is a little time consuming, so normally I make it up ahead of time. I always have leftovers too, and they're good for sandwich wraps, or basically anything that you would use a regular tortilla for.  

Burraco Filling:
(my husband and I couldn't agree on whether these were burritos or tacos)  
1/2 lb grass-fed ground beef
1/4 zucchini, diced
1/4 red onion, diced
2 stalks of collard greens, diced (or any leafy green, thats just what I had)
5 mushrooms, diced

Taco Seasoning (makes enough for 1lb of meat):
1 Tbsp chili powder
1/4 teas garlic powder
1/4 teas onion powder
1/4 teas crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teas oregano
1/2 teas paprika
1 1/2 teas cumin
salt and pepper

Saute vegetables until soft, remove from pan and place in bowl for later. Brown ground beef until almost cooked. Add 1/2 of the taco seasoning and the veggies back to the pan. Put just enough water to cover the veggie/meat and stir in seasoning. Cook down until water is mostly gone. Stuff the tortilla shells with meat/veg mixture and cover in cilantro-lime cream sauce. 
Cilantro Lime Cream Sauce:
1/2 cup cashews (soaked for 4+ hours)
1 cup loosely packed cilantro
2 teas lime juice
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp water
1/4 teas cayenne pepper
salt and pepper

Combine in blender or food processor and blend until creamy. Top your burrito with anything that makes your heart happy! Enjoy!

What gets you through a stressful day? (other than pizza) 

This recipe was included in Real Food Weekly and Seasonal Sunday


  1. oy. guilty of stress eating lately. except for me it's like eating salad out of a giant mixing bowl. not good. When I get into finals time frame at school I generally try to make life "easier" by eating brown rice and miso soup with wakame for dinner. Something that calms the anxiety brewing in the gut.

    Go you on finding a good grain-free tortilla recipe, I'll have to give them a go sometime. Your cashew-cilantro combo sounds yummy!

  2. meditation and affirmations get me through stressful times, I am so blessed and have so many things to be greatful for. Those burrtacos look amazing I love the drizzle mmm :)

  3. Kelsey, salad out of a mixing bowl sounds like WONDERFUL stress eating to me! I finally just started using miso for cooking, but mostly its just been for sauces. If you have a quick and easy recipe for miso soup I'd love to hear it! I've been working on healing my gut, so the more fermention the better!

    Kate- I love your love for life!

  4. Ok I totally crave pizza when i'm stressed too. If i'm sad I want nachos... not ice cream like most girls nope! no cookies or cake! nachos... pizza and tacos! haha

    bubble baths and wine help me =)

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  5. Haha, thanks Jenn, glad to hear I'm not alone! We'd make HORRIBLE (or awesome, depending on how you looked at it) college roommates! :)

  6. Hey lovey, I just wanted to let you know that I tagged you with the "Stylish Blogger Award!" The "rules" and what-not are on my blog. It's kinda cheesy but fun too! :-)

  7. Alaina, youre awesome! How fun, thanks so much!