Make dinner easy on yourself with these tasty and nutritious white bean wraps. Fresh thyme leaves and a tangy yogurt-lemon dressing add flavor to the comforting combination of long-grain brown rice, great northern beans, and melted mozzarella cheese. Add a handful of leafy greens, and you have a tortilla full of delicious vitamins, minerals, and protein. Serve these wraps with tortilla chips and your favorite salsa, and add avocado and other vegetables too. They are versatile and easy on the budget.
I am constantly striving for a balance between eating well and staying within a reasonable food budget. If left to my own devices, I am like a kid in a candy store when I go into places like Whole Foods or the little gourmet food shop I recently discovered. However, with many other things going on, staying within a reasonable food budget is a necessity and a challenge I enjoy, so when I find an inexpensive, healthy, and delicious meal, I keep it in our regular meal rotation. This white bean wrap recipe is one of those, and though it varies a little bit from week to week depending on which vegetables are in season, when it comes to taste and economy, the rice and bean combination always delivers.
Now that the weather has finally warmed up around here, I look forward to more and more fresh vegetables at the farm stands that dot the countryside around my home. Our black raspberries are looking promising so far, and my aunt recently gave me a bunch of rhubarb. I can’t wait to make a pie! Our screened-in porch is all cleaned up and ready, we will be eating out there as often as possible. Last night my husband and I sat out there and listened to the night noises–the insects and frogs, and looked at the stars.
I hope you all have a great weekend, and if you are in the U.S., enjoy a long Memorial Day weekend. A friend recently said to me, “I feel like the cold is finally out of my bones.” With the warm weather we’ve been having, I feel the same way, and it feels really welcome and really good. I hope you find time to relax, spend time with family or friends, get outdoors, and eat some really good food! I will be sharing this recipe over at Angie’s Fiesta Friday, along with some inspiring bloggers I admire.
White Bean Wraps
- 1 cup of long-grain brown rice, cooked
- 1 14-ounce jar or can of white beans (I used great northern beans)
- 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- 3-4 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese (optional)
- a large handful of fresh greens (lettuce, kale, or any type of greens you prefer)
- 6 to 8 fajita-style tortillas (I used whole wheat ones)
Cook the rice according to the package directions. While the rice is cooking, prepare the rest of the ingredients. In a small bowl, stir together the Greek yogurt and lemon juice. Wash the thyme and remove the thyme leaves from the stems. Place the shredded cheese in a small bowl. Wash and dry the greens and set them aside. I like to warm the tortillas (wrapped in foil) in a 160-degree oven while the rice is cooking, so they are warm and soft. In a small saucepan, gently warm the beans over very low heat.
Once the rice is done and everything else is ready, spoon some rice onto a tortilla. Top with some beans, thyme leaves, and shredded cheese. Then top with the Greek yogurt and greens, and wrap up the tortilla. Repeat until everyone is well fed. Serve with chips and salsa, and avocado and other vegetables if desired. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator and warmed up easily. Enjoy!