15 Minute Supper: Burrito Mix with Gourmet Gardens Giveaway

First of all, I want to give a shout-out to our Sponsor, Gourmet Gardens. They sent me some awesome fresh spices tubes to use in this dinner. To all of my friends: I can’t believe you never told me this type of product existed! I am so thrilled to have the chance to try out the different types of spices that Gourmet Gardens offers. I thought that my only two options for spices were fresh or dried. I’m so excited to have a way to eat fresher food but still have the convenience of being able to easily pull these out of the fridge or the freezer. See Gourmet Garden’s full line of Herbs and Spices here.

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There are four main things that go in our Burrito Mix: Beans, Rice, Chicken, and Salsa. We also use cheese as a topping.

Beans and Salsa

Beans and Salsa are usually the easiest parts of our burrito mix. I use canned beans, usually Great Northern Beans or Pinto Beans. I used to have to kind of smash the beans up so that my husband would eat them, but luckily after a few years of eating this he is used to eating beans now.

Usually I use store bought salsa, but I didn’t know that we were out of it until I had already started everything else- so this time I made my own salsa as well. If you are quick with chopping it could be done in the 15 Minutes as well. It took me quite a bit longer because of my little helper in the background.

 #15MinuteSuppersMy salsa doesn’t look the prettiest, and I’m not even going to give you a recipe because it was mostly just stuff I happened to have around the house- tomatoes, frozen peppers, frozen onions, as well as the spices from Gourmet Garden- Cilantro and Chili Pepper. I chopped and threw all of that together and blended it in the blender. We used approximately one cup of salsa for the burrito mix.

Chicken

 #15MinuteSuppersThe chicken is another pretty easy ingredient- leftovers from earlier in the week. We had grilled chicken with Montreal Steak Seasoning earlier in the week, and it went perfectly with the rest of the burrito mix.

I used about one chicken breast and shredded it in the blender- it took approximately 10-15 seconds. More chicken is always better in our house though!

Rice

Cilantro Rice #15MinuteSuppersThe rice is the most time consuming so be sure to start making it first. The rice itself is very tasty and would be a great side dish to any type of Mexican food or otherwise! I used the Gourmet Gardens Lemon Grass and Cilantro this time- it turned out amazing and reminded me of Chipotle’s Rice that I have been craving.

Rice to add to the Amazing Burrito Mix
Recipe Type: 15MinuteSuppers
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Monica
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Dry Rice
  • 2 1/3 Cups Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Taco Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Gourmet Gardens Lemon Grass
  • 1/2 teaspoon Gourmet Gardens Cilantro
Instructions
  1. Add the rice, water, olive oil, taco seasoning and Lemon Grass to a small pot. Heat on high until boiling. Reduce heat to medium, so that it is still boiling.
  2. When there is hardly any water left, add the Cilantro and let the rice continue cooking for a minute or two. Now the rice should be ready to add to the rest of the burrito mix. (Or dished up as a side dish to something else)

Mixing the Burrito Mix

Once everything is ready, all that needs to be done is to mix the burrito mix together. We prefer a mix, because it makes for easy lunches for the next couple of days and it tastes so much better to have everything mixed in.

Burrito Mix in a too-small bowl #15MinuteSuppersSo I’ve already mentioned it above, but we use 1 can of beans, 1 cup of mild salsa, 3(ish) cups of rice and 3(ish) cups of shredded chicken. You can work with the sizes of everything depending on what you have around the house and what your family likes too!Yummy 15 Minute Burrito Mix Recipe #15MinuteSuppers

 

I have been meaning to get a bowl back from a neighbor- but I tried putting everything in a smaller one. Needless to say, it didn’t work. I just wanted to explain why the burrito mix was put into a Christmas bowl for awhile.

15 Minute Burrito Mix #15MinuteSuppers

After everything is mixed, it can be dished onto a tortilla. We then will sprinkle cheese on top, and sometimes add more salsa. If you need to melt the cheese or heat up the burrito make sure to heat it up before folding it.

How to Fold a Burrito #15MinuteSuppers

That’s it! All of this can be done in 15 minutes and you will have a delicious dinner for your family! Everyone in my family loves this dinner- especially my two year old son (as long as he doesn’t eat all of the ingredients before they are put together- he must have drank a 1/2 Cup of Salsa this time!).

Before you take the time to make this recipe see if you can score some of the ingredients from Gourmet Gardens for free! They are providing the same line of refrigerated spices that I received! See my Instagram post here.

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The Safety Collar Story

National Love Your Pet Day-February 20th

February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day. I really love my dog, Roxie but today I wanted to take the time to talk about my favorite Pet-Lover and the story of his business, The Safety Collar. My Uncle Glenn was the biggest pet-lover I will ever know. He loved his puppies so much; the story of his business shows how much he loves them.

This last summer The Safety Collar came onto the market. This collar was created by my Uncle Glenn after he and his puppy, Tasha experienced a tragedy.

Glenn, Nikki and Tasha
Glenn out Hiking with Nikki and Tasha

My Uncle Glenn and Tasha were out at an empty parking lot trying to do some off-leash training before it was too dark. Distracted, Tasha ran off across the parking lot at the wrong moment. A lady cut across the empty parking lot at the same time as Tasha was running free. Seeing the car, Glenn chased Tasha, waving his hands in the air hoping to alert the lady driving of Tasha’s presence. Unfortunately he was unable to alert the driver, and she ran into Tasha.

Tasha did survive, she had to endure months and months of rehab to get her leg and hip back to a healthy working condition. Now she can run and play, along with Nikholai, Glenn’s older dog. She does still get hip pain and will sometimes start to limp after a long day.

Going through the scare of seeing his dog hit, even when she was able to survive was traumatizing. Glenn didn’t want anyone else to ever have to go through an experience like that (or one with a less-happy ending) and he was inspired to create The Safety Collar.

He didn’t start off wanting to make an invention, Glenn started off by shopping. He was looking for a collar that provided the most possible visibility and one that he could leave on his dogs all the time so that they would be safe anytime they went out. He found collars that would help light up, but most didn’t have the quality and strength it would take to truly illuminate his dogs. Glenn went through tons of research and many revisions before he created today’s version of The Safety Collar.

The Safety Collar Infographic

My dog wears her collar all the time. We love it. It’s such a durable collar that she can wear it all the time. It’s water resistant- so I can even keep it on her in the bath. It’s a good time to wash the collar too, any dirt comes off with water and a tiny bit of soap.

Here in Arizona, the summers are so hot that the only real time to play outside is when it’s getting dark out. I love that my dog has her collar on because she usually is right next to my son so I can see him too. The collars are bright enough to light up anything near them as well as them- when walking I can see the ground illuminated beneath us. It’s nice to know that any passers-by would be able to see my dog as well as me.

The Safety Collar in use at Dusk
Roxie wearing her Green/Yellow Safety Collar at Dusk

The light-sensor mode is an awesome feature as well. It’s perfect for when I’m doing stuff around the house and going in and out because Roxie follows me everywhere. We don’t have to waste battery power when there is enough light to see her, whether its inside the house or when we stop somewhere well-lit on our walks.

The battery power is great for something that shines so brightly. It will last atleast 6-8 hours when it’s on constantly, but as I have been bringing them to different Farmer’s Markets and shows lately they have proven to last much longer. Yesterday I was at a Farmer’s Market for 9 hours and many of the collars were still charged up after I packed everything up and brought them home. I had to unpack and turn everything off.

If you would like to look into The Safety Collar more, please head over to the website, http://thesafetycollar.com. From there you will be able to place an order for any size and color that you would like! Getting a Safety Collar to help keep your pets seen is a great way to show your dog that you love them, especially for National Love Your Pet Day on February 20th! The Safety Collar is also on Amazon.com. If you have bought a collar I would love your review on Amazon!

The Safety Collar is also on Facebook. I post there where we are traveling to show off the collars next- if you are in Arizona especially we get to go to some cool events. “Like” The Safety Collar on Facebook to find out where we will be next and if we are offering any current specials!

The Safety Collar Giveaway

For the week of National Love Your Pet Day we are having a giveaway. The winner will be able to receive The Ultra Safety Collar in a size and color of their choice. The giveaway will go until Monday February 24th 2014. Use the Rafflecopter Widget below to enter the giveaway!

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More Ways to Love Your Pet:
Take them Camping and 4 Wheeling
Make a Dog Bed!
Take them to a Pet Expo
Make them a Blanket

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