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A few months back, I discovered Eating Well, a Web site devoted to healthy meal options.  I love food, so typically sites that promise “healthy” food do not do much for me, as I typically do not like any of the listed ingredients.  Eating Well surprised me in that its database is searchable by foods you like and the additional ingredients are usually pretty good as well.  Not all of the recipes appeal to me, but we recently decided to try one last night for dinner:  Southwestern Beef and Bean Burger Wraps

I’m currently counting calories on, and was pleased to find this recipe in their database.  However, if it hadn’t been there, Eating Well does a great job of listing this information on the site.  Definitely a plus for me!

Another pet peeve of mine is recipes that take forever to prepare.  I don’t get home until 6 p.m., and I like to eat right away so that I can workout at 8 p.m.  This recipe was very easy and quick to prepare, unlike most of the recipes we often find online.  J prepared the beef and stuck it in the broiler.  We left out the cilantro and simply used a spicy salsa as part of the spread, which we prepared while the burgers were in the broiler.  We then spread the avacado mix onto the wraps, sprinkled with lettuce and cheese and added the finished burgers.  Our burgers were very soft in nature, so we ended up rolling these into burritos to make them manageable to cut and eat.  However, our leftover meat hardened a bit so I’m sure next time it will lend itself better to an actual burger wrap!

Overall, a great recipe that we’ll definitely be trying again.  Sign up for EatingWell’s email newsletter so that you can make great, quick, healthy dinners too!

Southwestern Beef and Bean Burger Wraps
Taken from

Makes 4 servings

ACTIVE TIME: 25 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 25 minutes


12 ounces 93%-lean ground beef
1 cup refried beans
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapenos
1 avocado, peeled and pitted
1/2 cup prepared salsa
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
4 whole-wheat tortillas, warmed (see Tip)
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
1/2 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese
1 lime, cut into 4 wedges

1. Position oven rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler. Coat a broiler pan with cooking spray.
2. Gently combine ground beef, beans, cilantro and jalapenos in a medium bowl (do not overmix). Shape into four 5-by-2-inch oblong patties and place on the prepared pan.
3. Broil the patties until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reads 165°F, 12 to 14 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, mash together avocado, salsa and garlic powder in a small bowl.
5. Place tortillas on a clean work surface. Spread each with the guacamole, then sprinkle with lettuce and cheese. Top each with a burger and roll into a wrap. Serve immediately, with lime wedges.


J and I are huge bike fans.  So, when I was reading my issue of Self last night and saw that May 15th is Bike-to-Work Day, I had to write about it.  Unfortunately, my 30 minute trek down Route 287 doesn’t really allow for a safe drive, so I thought I’d post some info here instead!

J and I both have Diamondback Outlook bikes.  I recently bought mine at a local bike shop in Somerset County.  If you’re thinking about seriously biking on dirt roads and other off-road terrain, I would recommend buying a mountain bike at a biking store instead of buying a cheap one from Wal-Mart.  The tires are just not as great.  But I’m sure you knew that already ;).  Also, a lot of the simpler bikes sold at Wal-Mart don’t allow for gear shifting.  A lot of the routes that we’ve found around our house are pretty challenging, so this is a necessity if you’re serious about bike riding.

When you’re choosing a bike, make sure that when seated, the ball of your foot is on the pedal and your knee is slightly bent.  To ensure maximum comfort for your best asset, sit on the widest part of the cushion at the back of the saddle.  Finally, relax your shoulders and keep your elbows loosely bent so that the pressure if off your wrists.  And also, keep in mind that a great bike is an investment, not only for the environment, but also for your health-if you bike 3 times a week for half an hour each trip, you’ll shed 10 pounds in a year!  And who doesn’t want that!

Check out a local Bike to Work Week event near you!  And, for greener commuting year round, visit

Wow, am I embarassed about this.  I’m the biggest spokesperson for not starting a blog if you don’t have time for it, and here I am, an entire week between updates.  We got back from Bonita Springs last Wednesday, and things have been a whirwind since then, but that is no excuse!

Our vacation was really great!  One big piece of news:  we’re engaged!  I’m pretty against the whole “wedding blog” thing, so if I feel the need to make any comments regarding our plans, I will do it from here.  Until then, I must thank for becoming my very best friend!

Anyway, keep your eye out for some new posts!  We’re going away again this weekend, and I’ll be reviewing our trip when we return!

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