Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Travelers Motel Microwave Cuisine - Black Bean, Surimi and Cheese Whole Wheat Tortilla Burrito









     I am temporarily living in a motel room, till I move back to Las Vegas next month.  There is no kitchenette in this room, just a microwave oven.  I figured that I might post a few easy microwave recipes for travelers who are stuck at a motel out in the middle of nowhere and the only dining option is a fast food joint.  Fast food really is not a good choice for a road weary traveler.
    Travelers who have been on the road all day do not need a recipe that calls for extensive preparation.  Simple and easy is the key.  The items for this recipe are easy to find at grocery stores and can even be found at gas station convenience stores.  There are no rules to travelers cuisine.  Canned or bottled sauces are a convenience.  Canned refried beans are ready to be served after heating.  Grated cheese can be purchased pre packaged.  Tortillas are sold nearly everywhere.  Surimi is sold as imitation crab meat.  Packages of snack vegetables and mini salads are offered at every convenience store.
    The object of travelers motel room microwave cuisine is to make a good tasting nutritious entree that looks good on a plate with minimal preparation.  Just writing a few of these recipes may inspire travelers to create a decent meal, rather than settle for raunchy fast food in a one horse town.  After being on the road, cooking a meal does help to relieve stress.
   
     Black Bean, Surimi and Cheese Whole Wheat Tortilla Burrito:
     Place about 8 to 10 ounces of canned refried black beans in a bowl.
     Cover the bowl loosely with a lid.
     Heat the refried on a high setting in a microwave till they become hot.
     Place a whole wheat flour tortilla on a countertop.
     Sprinkle 1 handful of mixed grated cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack cheese on the middle of the tortilla.
     Sprinkle a few slices of canned roasted chile poblano over the cheese.
     Mound the warm refried black beans over the cheese and chiles across the middle of the tortilla.
     Place 2 to 3 ounces of shredded surimi on the cheese.
     Roll the tortilla into a burrito tube shape, with one end left open.
     Place the burrito on a plate.
     Sprinkle some grated cheese over the burrito.
     Place the burrito into a microwave oven set to high heat.
     Cook the burrito, till the cheese melts on top and till the burrito becomes hot.
     Spoon some canned salsa verde on the plate.
     Spoon some canned red chile sauce on the plate.  
     Garnish the burrito with canned sliced red jalapeno.
     Garnish the burrito with canned roasted chile poblano strips.
     Garnish with radishes, diced tomato, shredded lettuce and sliced green onion.
   
     Simple, quick, delicious and nutritious!  Making the plate look nice will put a smile on the face and being creative relieves travel related stress.  That is the name of the game!
     When choosing refried beans, try to find a can that is labeled with the words vegetable oil instead of lard.  Refried beans that are made with lard are heavy on the tummy when on the road.  Yum!  ...  Shawna

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