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 Livestrong.com, 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 EatingWell.com

Makes 4 servings

ACTIVE TIME: 25 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 25 minutes

EASE OF PREPARATION: Easy

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.

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