The best thing about a recipe is not only the ingredients but a quick preparation time. As a quadriplegic, everything takes more time and energy compared to an able bodied person. A short time for them can sometimes be double the time it would take me. But I like to cook and I want to cook. I enjoy scrolling through Pinterest recipes but I find half of them involve ovens or boiling water. I am still mastering the use of both (AKA not dropping anything on my lamp), but for now, I look for recipes that involve a stove top. A second factor I look for are “easy to handle” ingredients. I saw a recipe for Chicken Avocado Burritos and it’s “easy to handle” ingredients was the ultimate factor that lead me to my decision. This is the mental check list that goes through my head:
- There’s chicken… I can buy a rotisserie chicken! This saves time and energy because it is already cooked! Also, the bag is easy to open. To prepare it, I am able to cut it but my mom (or a friend) is also able to help me shred it if needed.
- Shredded cheese is easy to handle and open. Also, easy to mix.
- Avocado is easy to cut and mix
- Cilantro is easy to cut and mix
- Tortillas are easy
- If I want, I can add rice! (Tips for cooking rice is below)
- To prepare the meal, I just need a frying pan, one bowl, a knife, a fork, and a cutting board.
- When it’s time to eat, the burritos are small enough to fit in my hand!
Easy, right? Now, it was time to try it out! Follow the pictures to see visual progress!
- 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken
- 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
- 4 tbsp sour cream
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup grated cheese
- 1 avocado -diced
Personally, I added:
- taco seasoning
- Put rice in a bowl, add water and zap it in the microwave for 3 minutes.
Add your shredded chicken, cheese, cilantro and avocado in a bowl and mix. At this time, I also added the salt, pepper, and taco seasoning. Rice is optional, I ate my rice as a side dish.
Put 1 tablespoon on each flour tortilla and fill with mix. Roll up both sides and fold. To be honest, I didn’t measure anything. I was too hungry 🙂
Now place your tortillas in your hot oil and cook approximately 1-2 minutes each side. You should not get any stick resistance on the flip. Be careful not to overheat oil or they will burn.
Top with Salsa, extra cheese or extra sour cream and serve.
Tips for cooking rice:
I found this bag of brown and red rice with chia seed and kale at Kroger (pictured below). So far, it has been life changing. All you do is add a bit of water and cook in the microwave for 3 minutes! It’s HEALTHY, delicious, and easy to prepare!
BOOM! That’s it! Enjoy these picture I took as I prepared the meal:)