I hope everyone’s summer is going swimmingly! Last Friday, I posted the first of our Summer Salsa Series, a Fennel Summer Salad with Mango Salsa Dressing. This week, the salsa fun continues with Burrito Style Lettuce Wraps. These turned out seriously delicious. More on this soon…
First, I want to talk about a movement that is has been sweeping the country, slowly but surely, for some time… Shopping local. So what is this movement all about? Basically, it is a shift in consumers who are moving away from massive, big-name retailers, and towards people doing business locally (and generally on a smaller scale).
There are so many reasons to buy local goods, as often as you can, especially when it comes to food.
Here are a few:
- Shopping local can improve your health! First, when we buy locally, especially from local farmers, we have a better idea of how our food is produced. We’ll know for certain if it is chemical free, organic, grass-fed, etc. Get to know your farmers by name, maybe even take a visit to their farm, and see for yourself how your food is being produced. Second, produce that is grown locally doesn’t need to be picked before it’s ripe, as it won’t be travelling far before being consumed. Many foods, fruits in particular, do not receive the full nutrient content into the plant until it has reached its natural ripening process. Plus, many big corporations use gases to ripen produce on the way to the chain grocery store. I personally would much rather take the natural ripening process that mother nature intended!
- Benefits your local economy. Simply put, when a consumer buys locally, more money stays in their community.
- You’ll generally receive better customer service from a local business owner then from a large corporation.
- Local, independent businesses give a city character!
- Better for the environment. Local = less transportation of goods. The energy use of our food system is extremely taxing on the environment. Locally made and produced items use less transportation (fossil fuels), processing, and packaging to get to us, reducing the environmental impact.
There we have just a few reasons why shopping locally is so important!
For these Burrito Style Lettuce Wraps, I used Original Salsa by local salsa producers, Trogi Foods. Not only is their salsa made here in Regina, they are an incredibly nice family who are passionate about their product and producing preservative-free salsas!
Without further adieu, please enjoy these Burrito Style Lettuce Wraps!
Burrito Style Lettuce Wraps
- 1.5 cups black beans cooked
- 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 1 cup brown rice cooked (about ½ cup dry)
- 1 cup corn kernels cooked
- 1 avocado sliced
- 2 carrots shredded
- ½ of a red pepper sliced
- ½ of a green pepper sliced
- 1 cup Trogi Foods Original Salsa (or Trogi Foods Hot Salsa)
- 4 large or 8 small lettuce leaves (I used red leaf butter lettuce, but romaine or green butter lettuce would work)
As the brown rice cooks, prepare the other ingredients.
For the beans: heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes. Add the beans. Carefully add 2 tbsp water. Stir and begin mashing the beans as they heat. Add salt. If the mixture is too thick for your liking, add water 1 tbsp at a time. Remove from stove once beans are heated through.
Slice and prep all your veggies, avocado, and corn. Wash and dry lettuce leaves.
Pile all the toppings into your lettuce leaves, fold over, and enjoy!