If I do wraps or paninis or sandwiches for supper, it means I have no real inspiration for supper. It isn’t that any of those aren’t tasty or awesome in their own right, but they aren’t a “meal” to me – they are lunch! I’m trying to move past that particular foods for particular meals mindset, though….I have breakfast foods for supper often enough it’s no accident. 🙂
Last night, I wanted something a little light, that wasn’t too labour intensive. I need to think these things through a bit better since I had no wraps on hand and had to make them, there was no chicken or beans cooked, no vegetables cut up….good grief!!
Recipe (such as it is):
- 3 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded (cooked from frozen in the Instant Pot in a bowl above the black beans – 25 minutes)
- 3/4 cup of dried black beans (cooked in Instant Pot with the chicken – 25 minutes)
- Ranch dressing (or make your own – I used Hidden Valley)
- Romaine lettuce, chopped (we just chopped a whole head)
- 1 small can of green chilis (I added them because they were on the counter, but they didn’t add a huge amount of flavour so they can be left out if you wish)
- Tomatoes, sliced (used grape tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise)
- Wraps (I made some flour tortillas from thecafesucrefarine.com)
- Bacon, cooked & chopped or crumbled (I used a jar of bacon I canned a while back – I keep thinking it’s my last jar then I find another)
- Other toppings could include: salsa, avocado, onion, hot sauce, sweet bell peppers, banana peppers, jalapenos, cheese….basically, whatever you like
Cook the chicken and beans, or buy your chicken already cooked and a can of beans, whatever is easiest. A whole roasted chicken from most stores is at or less than $10 and a can of beans is $1 -ish – strip the chicken, drain the beans and good to go.
When done cooking, drain the beans and plop in a bowl. Shred or cube the chicken and plop in the bowl with the beans.
Add the can of chilis to the bowl, if you’re using them.
Add the Ranch. Start small, a couple tablespoons. Mix well and see how it looks & tastes. Add more if it seems dry. You could also add some Greek yogurt instead, or mayonnaise or even sour cream. I must confess, I lost track of how much Ranch went into this, because the mancub was in charge of mixology. I would say at least a quarter cup, though, considering the amount of filling.
You can leave all the ingredients separate and let everyone build their own wrap, or put it all together except the lettuce and tomato. I mixed it all together because the Ranch helps keep the beans in the wrap – they are slippery rascals – and no one here has any food aversions or allergies.
Add salt & pepper if you wish, maybe some paprika to give it a little colour. Perhaps some garlic and/or onion powder. Maybe some cumin or chili powder. Greek seasoning would work also and I should have done that….add a little feta into the mix, that would be fantastic! Must do that next time. Could also change the Ranch to Caesar dressing and if I had some, I would. Love me some Caesar dressing!
If you’re making the wraps, start early or recruit helpers. I recruited helpers (I made the dough when I put the beans and chicken into the Instant Pot and then left it to rest). Then I recruited my son & his girlfriend to chop, shred, mix and roll. I cut and balled up the dough into 16 pieces and the mancub rolled them out while I cooked them.
None of this is particularly difficult, just a bit time consuming, but the flavour is worth it, and you know what’s in it. A few basic ingredients in your pantry at all times and you don’t need to run to the store to get last minute items that turn into $100 worth of “stuff”.
Once the wraps and filling are both done, load up a wrap, roll it tight and eat.