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Roasted Cauliflower & Chorizo Burritos

I’ve been in such a sleep deprived, stress-induced stupor lately that I completely blew through a construction zone on my way to the gym yesterday.

Luckily, a motorcycle cop didn’t miss it. He had to pull out in front of me to get me to stop, then pulled me over into a parking lot.

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How bad was it? Pretty bad. I was going a whopping 22 miles per hour over the speed limit. However, if it was the normal speed limit, like it usually is, I would’ve been fine. This rogue, pop-up construction zone was just so out-of-the-norm for my driving hypnosis route to the gym.

So out-of-the-norm that I completely spaced the bright orange cones, the 25 mile per temporary speed limit signs, and the long line of slow-moving cars in the opposite lane. I was just in my own dazed and confused world, that I literally mouthed “wtf?” at the cop when he pulled out in front of me.

I think he realized, too, that I wasn’t doing it on purpose. That doesn’t mean I got out of the ticket. No, no. He dropped my speeding down to ten miles per hour and deleted the “construction zone” part off of it, thank god.

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My first ticket in probably five years. Sad.

I took the nice officer’s advice and skipped the gym and went straight home to get some rest. I feel much better today and a breakfast made of roasted cauliflower and chorizo definitely helped kick start my day.

I found this recipe by Food Network a while back and decided to tweak it a bit. Almost anytime a recipe calls for blanched or boiled cauliflower, I do the complete opposite: throw it on a baking sheet and roast those babies.

Roasted cauliflower offers so much more in the taste department than plain old boiled cauliflower. I tossed mine in an olive oil and cumin mixture, roasted it until slighly charred, and tried to limit my snacking to just a few pieces.

The fanciful cauliflower then went into a tortilla with a refried-bean and chorizo mixture, topped with cheese, then toasted in a pan.

Burritos are awesome in that you can roll them up in foil when finished cooking and pop then in the fridge or freezer for nice on-the-go meals. Mine have been hanging out in the refrigerator and I’ve been pulling out one for breakfast every morning. Just toss it into the microwave for 1 minute, and you’ve got a nice warm burrito for a meal!

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Roasted Cauliflower & Chorizo Burritos

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. chorizo
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1 (15 oz) can refried beans
  • 2 TBS. olive oil
  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 10-12 small flour tortillas
  • 1-2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese blend

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large bowl, stir together olive oil, cumin, salt, pepper, cayenne, and oregano. Toss cauliflower with olive oil mixture and spread out into an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. Roast cauliflower for 20-25 minutes or until slightly charred. Take out of oven and let cool.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook chorizo over medium heat until cooked through and slightly golden. Remove chorizo with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels. Cook diced onion in chorizo grease until translucent, 4-5 minutes. Add refried beans and stir. Add drained chorizo and stir together and cook 1-2 minutes until beans are softened.
  4. Make the burritos: Heat tortillas until pliable either in a microwave or over the stove. Spoon a couple of tablespoons of the bean mixture onto a tortilla, spreading out to the edges. Add a few spoonfuls of cauliflower in the middle. Top with a sprinkle of cheese. Roll into burrito shape. Toast both sides of the burrito in a skillet over medium heat until browned.

Step-By-Step Instructions

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Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large bowl, stir together olive oil, cumin, salt, pepper, cayenne, and oregano.

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Toss cauliflower with olive oil mixture and spread out into an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast cauliflower for 20-25 minutes or until slightly charred. Take out of oven and let cool.

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Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook chorizo over medium heat until cooked through and slightly golden. Remove chorizo with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels.

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Cook diced onion in chorizo grease until translucent, 4-5 minutes.

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Add refried beans and stir. Add drained chorizo and stir together and cook 1-2 minutes until beans are softened.

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Make the burritos: Heat tortillas until pliable either in a microwave or over the stove. Spoon a couple of tablespoons of the bean mixture onto a tortilla, spreading out to the edges. Add a few spoonfuls of cauliflower in the middle. Top with a sprinkle of cheese. Roll into burrito shape. Toast both sides of the burrito in a skillet over medium heat until browned.

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