Not all of my dinners are magic.
Sometimes I’m tired, and something sounds good but the follow through and execution stink. Mister is excellent at pretending otherwise.
If I posted this on Instagram with a fun caption, you would think it was another great dinner worthy of pictures and hashtags. But it sort of sucked.
I thought of making burrito bowls as a way to use up some odds and ends from the pantry and fridge.
- ground beef cooked with taco seasoning
- rice cooked with Goya sazon seasoning
- red peppers and zucchini
- red beans with onions and sofrito
I forgot to defrost the beef ahead of time, so I was desperately flipping a frozen block of ground beef in an oily pan with a prayer that it would cook before 10pm. The rice was medium grain (leftover from making rice pudding ), which meant it was mushy and overcooked. Even with the Goya sazon flavor packet, it tasted exactly like the rice they served in my elementary school cafeteria. You know the kind that was sort of like a rice mush? You could see grand of rice but it was more like oatmeal.
The vegetables were the only real saving grace. And the beans. I love beans. Two cans of red beans added to sauteed diced onion, a can of tomato puree, a few spoonfuls of Goya sofrito. Let simmer in a covered pot until everything else is ready. They were almost good enough to save the rice.
It was edible, nutritious. It helped get rid of a zucchini on the verge of mold, and a few cans of beans. I’m still trying to work on that giant bag of rice, which apparently isn’t good for anything other than rice pudding. Even though this is the second time I’ve purchased this bag of rice, I’ve not yet learned my lesson.