Brown-Bag Challenge Day 16: Burritos

by in Uncategorized, September 23, 2011
burrito
Burrito, unwrapped.

Brown Bag ChallengeWe’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag.

There’s a Chipotle right near my office. I could walk over there, order a vegetarian burrito and be back at work, ready to eat in under a half-hour. For $8.50, I could have myself one tortilla, filled with rice, beans, salsa, guacamole, cheese and sour cream. Then the next day, I’d have to go back, there or someplace else, to spend another few dollars on another lunch. Over the course of a week or a month, dining out like this gets pretty expensive. But I really like burritos.

burrito wrapped
Burrito, wrapped.

Last weekend, I went to the grocery store and stocked up on beans, salsa, cheddar cheese, vegetables and wraps — all the makings of a burrito. I spent $16.47. I brought all of the fixings to work on Monday, and made a burrito for myself each day this week. $16.47 split out over the 5 days this week comes to $3.29 per day. So by not going to Chipotle, I saved $5.21 each day. Plus, I had control over what went into my burrito, so I added extra vegetables, and the kind of beans I wanted (kidney — Chipotle just has black beans).

I loaded up my wrap with kidney beans (seasoned with cumin and lime), shredded cheddar cheese, tomatillo salsa, shredded cabbage and zucchini and Greek yogurt (a fat-free substitute for sour cream). I ate my burrito cold because I have a thing for cold, shredded cheese, but it would have been good warmed up, too. The best part — well second best because saving money was pretty great — but the best part of this lunch was that I brought all of the ingredients in on Monday and left them at work. So I had a brown-bag lunch everyday, but I didn’t have to remember to bring anything from home after the first day. I’ve been doing this with my snacks, too, bringing in large containers of yogurt and cottage cheese, and packages of trail mix or granola bars instead of the single-serve containers. When I’m hungry, the food is already here, plus buying the larger size is usually cheaper than the smaller sizes.

What do you put in your burritos?

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Comments (9)

  1. Looks delicious!! I love using avocado dip in my wraps with turkey, tomato and little mozzarella cheese. Yummy!!

  2. My Imperfect Kitchen says:

    Awesome idea! My team would love this!! I would slow cook a roast or chicken on Sunday to use in the filling all week too. I like diced tomatoes and avocados in mine too.

  3. NatalieK says:

    Nice idea, but where do you live if Chipotle is $8.50 for a veggie burrito? Ours are $5.50 here in Ohio. I don't think I could eat the same lunch 5 days in a row……maybe MWF with a break in between. I get your concept though: it is definitely cheaper and healthier to bring from home. I like 2% milk cheese to make things even lower in fat and if you have a Trader Joes nearby, you can buy some corn salsa that tastes like Chipotle's

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  9. aminta says:

    Looks delicious!! I really like using grape dip in my parcels with poultry, tomato and little mozzarella dairy products. Yummy!!

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