Apron Free Cooking - Easy Cheesy Burritos
By Noel Lizotte
People often don’t take the time to realize what they are saying. Two friends were having a cup of coffee the other day and one was talking about the kids, the car, the doctor, the job, the dogs, the deadlines, the lawn and etc. The second friend finally spoke up, “It sounds like you’re complaining.”
The first friend stopped talking, looked surprise and then said “No, things are really good right now, this isn’t complaining.”
What one person will see as just talking to fill in conversational gaps, another will see as complaining. Another might hear bragging, yet the next one might hear a challenge and still another will hear a compliment. This type of communication gap happens often enough in discussion, and is amplified in typed or texted messages. Some things are tough to translate.
It’s the time of year when many people reflect on how grateful they are for things that have happened in their life. Thanksgiving by definition is a holiday of appreciation. Perhaps we would do well to stop and recognize the daily incidents that deserve appreciation instead of waiting for November. Just think how far a kind word might go, and how far that good feeling might spread.
Some days I forget that bit of advice. Then something happens to remind me that no matter what, I do have things to appreciate. For example, the dryer wouldn’t start yesterday. My husband spent quite a bit of time trying to fix it but was unsuccessful. Not for lack of trying all angles. The pile of laundry that keeps growing in the laundry room reminds me how thankful my family is that I don’t have to go to the Laundromat.
While we’re on that topic, I’m grateful to have a Laundromat in town. I’m grateful that we have running water and electricity so I don’t have to drag the clothes to the creek and beat them with rocks. I’m afraid if that were the case I’d be tempted to beat anybody who dirtied laundry in my house.
I decided that while I was being appreciative of all the modern day conveniences, I’d make one of the simplest suppers in my recipe file. While I was “cooking”, my husband found the name of a dryer repair man and we should be back in business in a few days.
Easy Cheesy Burritos
1 package frozen burritos
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can nacho cheese sauce
Preheat the oven to the burrito package instructions. Mine said 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place burritos in glass casserole dish, lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Drain tomatoes and spread over the burritos. Pour nacho cheese sauce over tomatoes. Bake until bubbly and burritos are cooked through.
Nutritional Info: Servings 8, Calories 374, Total Fat 16g, Cholesterol 14mg, Sodium 1097mg, Total Carbs 47g, Dietary Fiber 6g, Protein 11g
Make it a Meal: Serve with nacho corn chips, salsa and sour cream on the side. Additional topping suggestions: jalapeno slices, black beans, corn, or chili.
Life can be a trial, life can be a celebration. Life as we know it is generally good and most certainly convenient when you cook this way! I’m going to make an effort to be more appreciative of the good things and hope that I have friends around who will be brave enough to remind me, “It sounds like you’re complaining?”
Noel Lizotte is breaking free of corporate stress with convenience cooking! www.apronfreecooking.com