spaghetti squash burritos

Roasted Squash Burritos

Carol Harrison HalfYourPlate, Healthy Leftovers, Healthy Lunch Ideas, Recipes Leave a Comment

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (Half Your Plate folks) hired me to work on a recipe and video series and I’m delighted to share it here with you!

I watched a documentary on food waste and it confirmed what I’ve heard before, most of the food waste, 40% in fact,  happens on the home front (gulp!). So I’m hoping this idea to add leftover cooked squash to your next burrito can help to curb the food waste in your household.

Now, you might think my kid won’t go for spaghetti squash in their wrap (see recipe below) but you never know until you ask. Stranger things have happened – like a mom I know who discovered her picky eater likes liver pâté. I’m not making that up!

If you are new to spaghetti squash you’ll appreciate I’ve started this Spaghetti Squash 4 Ways video with how to cook it.



Roasted Squash Burritos
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Dietitian's Tip: Use no-added salt beans in this recipe. If you can’t find them that’s OK draining and rinsing the regular canned variety still removes a considerable 40% of the sodium

*Kids Cook: Kids are more likely to eat a wrap they have helped to make.
Serves: 1
  1. Follow our 3 simple steps
  2. (ingredients are in bold)

  3. Step One
  4. On to a large whole-wheat flour tortilla, spread about ¼ cup EACH cooked shredded squash and canned beans (refried or any type you have on hand, rinsed).

  5. Step Two
  6. Add a heaping spoonful EACH of mashed avocado, shredded cheddar cheese,
  7. sour cream and chopped cilantro.

  8. Step Three
    Roll to wrap.
Cheese swap

• Try swapping out cheddar cheese for Queso Fresco (means “fresh cheese”) a white, salty cheese used in Mexican cooking.

Try a tostada instead

• Also try putting all the same elements on to a tostada instead of a whole grain wrap.

*All “Kids Cook!” ideas are meant as a guide only. You know what your child can safely manage. Make sure they understand your rules for safely working in the kitchen. Always supervise kids in the kitchen and have fun!
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What food can I pre-prep on the weekend for school lunches?
What are some fun ways to get my kid to try new foods at lunch?
Southwestern Beef Steak with Succotash Saute (and ideas for using leftover for lunch)



Would love to hear from you!