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Baked Burritos for Mexican Monday

Salad Sunday
First off, Jason and I want to thank everyone for your congrats regarding his triathlon on Sunday. It means a lot having so much support.

Last night I ended up turning on the oven after all. It was cooler than grilling. I roasted up some veggies: red and green bell peppers, onions, sweet potato, squash, and zucchini along with some tofu for a Roasted Veggie Salad.

The tofu was awesome. It's a new brand, or rather, one we have not tried before - Twin Oaks Community Foods Organic Tofu "Fine Herb". Jason picked it up from the Argenta Market. This was an awesome tofu actually. It didn't need to be frozen, pressed, or anything. It was already "dry." I simply cubed it and baked it for about 25 minutes at 425 degrees flipping at least once. We will most definitely be buying this one again.

Monday Workouts
This morning I knew I wasn't going to be getting up for any workouts. While I am getting more consistent about getting up early for morning workouts, Mondays are still a no-go in my book. I had shoulders on tap and knew I could get that workout done at lunch at least. So I wasn't really worried about when or how to fit in my workouts for the day.

I did drop sets again today doing 4 sets of 10 reps decreasing the weight by approximately 10% for each set. Next week I will likely do giant sets or super sets for weights.

Standing shoulder press
Rear delt press*
Lateral raise
Rear delt flyes (did not do with head on bench)
Front raise
Front into side raises 1x10

I also did abs from Cardio & Weights. After work, I opted for Cathe Friedrich's Step Blast. I just did one of the premixes, which was about 40 minutes then abs. I will admit that I came very close to attempting a run. It was only 94 with very low humidity. Needless to say that felt really cool after the weather we've been having.

* I tried to find a video of demo of this and I may be using the wrong terminology. This is what Cathe calls the exercise. You bend over, flat back, dumbbells in hands with palms facing in, you lift the dumbbells straight back/up engaging your rear delts muscles.

Mexican Monday
Tonight I concocted Baked Black Bean & Tempeh Burritos with Chipotle Tomato Sauce for dinner. It's sort of a hybrid - enchilada/burrito. Jason says it's more enchilada than burrito.

Baked Black Bean & Tempeh Burritos with Chipotle Tomato Sauce

Tempeh and Sauce
1 package tempeh, cut lengthwise then into squares
1 8 oz can no salt tomato sauce
1 15 oz can no salt diced tomatoes
2-3 chipotles in adobo, diced
1/2 white onion, minced
2 tbsp minced onions
1 small can minced green chili peppers
To taste: salt, pepper, cumin, red pepper, agave nectar

Black Beans
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/4 white onion, diced
To taste: salt, pepper, cumin, red pepper

Daiya Vegan Cheddar Cheese (or cheese of your choice)
5-6 whole-wheat flour tortillas (I used soft taco size)

In large sauce pan, saute onions and garlic until soft. Add in tomatoes, tomato sauce, chipotle peppers, and spices. Stir then add in tempeh. Allow to simmer approximately 15 minutes. Remove from stove and pull tempeh out and dice.

In medium sauce pan, saute onions and bell peppers then add in beans and spices and cook until heated through. Remove from stove and stir in tempeh.

Prepare a casserole dish with non-stick spray. Sprinkle tortilla with "cheese" and add filling to center. Roll tightly and place seam side down. Bake at 425 degrees approximately 20 minutes until tortillas begin to crisp.

Pour on the chipotle tomato sauce and add additional "cheese" if desired. Cook another 5-10 minutes until bubbly.

I must say that this turned out surprisingly well. Poaching the tempeh in the sauce gave it a lot more flavor as well.

Made My Monday
When I got home, I had an awesome giveaway waiting for me! Thank you Amie @ The Healthy Apple for my goody package of Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut Butter! Even better, these are smaller packets at only 80 calories a packet. I definitely need that kind of portion control when it comes to nut butters ;-)

I do believe that this on top of a rice cake will be my dessert for the evening.


  1. Thanks for the tip on the tofu. I don't know that brand. The salad and burrito look great, as always.

    I hope you are having a relaxing evening.


  2. I missed you over the weekend - still need to catch up on your posts! Your burrito looks awesome though, you know that's right up my alley lol:) Glad you had a good weekend and a late congrats to Jason for his triathlon!

  3. I am so jealous! That is a great giveaway! I did step today too, but without a step. I am just not that coordinated! Your eats all sound so good! I have been craving "enchiladas" lately! Those look so good! Have a great night!

  4. Ooh I'm saving this recipe! I have lots of tempeh and need to use it! Enjoy your yummy Justin's :)

  5. Great recipe! I never think about using tempeh but I should! Thanks so much!

  6. Oh wow that burrito sounds absolutely amazing!!! I definitely need to save this recipe! I have never tried justin's butters before... i hear good things about it though.


  7. The tofu salad looks great and the burritos look good as well. I love Mexican inspired dishes that use tempeh!

  8. poaching was genius! very chef-y of you!
    Has jason considered writing a blog himself about his training or what not? maybe he should! there arent many men in the food/fitness blogosphere. I love those nut butters! I rub em in my hands so they get warm and gooey and then squirt it on an asian pear!

  9. "This was an awesome tofu actually. It didn't need to be frozen, pressed, or anything. It was already "dry." "--ok coming from you, this is HUGE b/c i know you're the queen of many stages of prepping the 'fu, as am I b/c mushy and 'fu don't work together for me. I am intrigued by this product. Is it water packed? Or just vacumm sealed?

  10. That chocolate hazelnut butter looks so nice! I wish we had that in the UK! I'd love to see some pics of your pups btw :-)

  11. I haven't had the chocolate hazelnut yet, but the chocolate almond butter rocks!!! In fact, I have one packet left in my cupboard that is screaming my name!

  12. Alicia @ Vegan Epicurean If you can find it, you should try it. It is organic and I think it is made in Virginia, so surely someone in your area carries it.

    Candice @ ChiaSeedMe Oh I thought of you when I was making it actually! And thank you for the congrats too.

    Sarena @ The Non-Dairy Queen Girl I have no idea how I haven't killed myself on that step yet. I have slipped off, stumbled over the top, kicked it out from under myself even. I just have to stop and laugh ;-)

    Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries Let me know how it works out for you or what changes you make. I'd love to hear back.

    Tanya @ Tanya's Daily Product Reviews Thank you ma'am

    The Healthy Hostess Let me know if you ever give it a shot. Glad you were finally able to comment. I know you've had problems in the past with commenting.

    Erica @ Fashion Meets Food Let me know if you ever give it a shot. I've only tried Justin's peanut butter and I think it was a honey almond. All good!

    Sarah @ Run Sarah Thanks girl - appreciate the compliments.

    Eden's Eats This was the 2nd attempt at poaching the tempeh and I'm liking that method. Well, he's not as motivated to write as I am LOL. I've tried to get him to do a blog but he doesn't think he's a good enough writer.

    Averie @ Loves Veggies and Yoga It was more or less vacuum packed with only the slightest amount of liquid. Really good stuff.

    Laura @ Box Run Eat I need to post some pictures of the maniacs ;-) I took some just yesterday actually.

    Joanna Sutter @ Fitness & Spice I haven't tried any of the chocolate nut butters at all. I am thinking this cannot be bad at all!

  13. Haha, yeah, portion control is key with me for nut butters too :-)

    I love dry tofu like that-- but I have trouble finding it!

  14. Prepackaged nut butter, very cool! I need some portion control assistance with them too!

  15. Mind reader! I am looking to make rice and bean burritos tonight. I was inspired by a cuban place next to our house. Thank you for even better tips!

    Sometimes packaged peanut butter or honey make for great snacks during long runs.

  16. Those burritos look amazing!

  17. I have GOT to try those nut butters. Your burritos look deeeeelish!

  18. both meals look fabulous! I definitely just added your baked burrito's to my recipe index! :) thanks for your kind words about my move, and I promise I wont mention the beach too often! I hope your tuesday is off to a great start!

  19. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg This was the first time I have found a dry tofu other than one that was smoked. Very happy.

    Kara @ My Wellnest Portion control is not my strong suit especially with nut butters!

    Nichole @ Live for the Run I want to know the Cuban dish now! The first time we saw the pre-packaged nut butters, that was what my hubby said, only they could be a little dry in the mouth during a long run...guess you could chase it with the honey ;-)

    Erin @ The Healthy Apron Thank you!

    Dawn @ Florida Coastal Cooking Justin's has several flavors that all sound heavenly!

    Lizzy @ Healthy Bites Conquer Athlete Appetite Let me know if you ever try out the burritos. I'm always curious if others try my recipes and how they like them. And thank you for not bragging TOO much ;-)

  20. baked burritos... these look and sound awesome... some of my favorite dinners - I will have to make these! :)

    congrats to Jason !

  21. ohh super excellent recipe! I'm always looking for things that are pretty easy to throw together and that hubs might just eat

  22. uno whats funny, the packet of that nut butter that i won is still unopened! why am i so crazy, i have been waiting forever to try it yet now that i have one i have neglected to remember to use it! i must get on that as soon as i can!!

    mmm i still have some refried beans i wanna use, and because its a burrito post, im getting bean/burrito-happy <3 lol


  23. Packets of peanut butter would've made my day too! I've never tried herb tofu and that's great you didn't have to press it. Although most of the time I'm too lazy to press and wait, so I just use it as is.

  24. That chipotle tomato sauce sounds great - yum!!

  25. Kristina @ SpaBettie Burritos are hard to beat - let me know if you ever try these.

    Amanda @ Run to the Finish Well, my hubby polished off 3 1/2 of the burritos so they must have been halfway decent LOL.

    Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel What have you been waiting for you nut! I would have thought you would have been all over that.

    Robyn @ Ramblings of a Wanna Be Writer and Runner I'm pretty lazy about pressing too so I usually freeze it and it makes it easier to squeeze out.

    Courtney @ Ice Cream & Wine Thanks - I was pleased with how it turned out!


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