Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Valentine Surprise

Susan over at Fat Free Vegan is having a special contest for Valentine's Day on her blog and as soon as I saw the theme I was excited for it. Her contest is called Vegetable Love and the idea is to post a vegan low fat recipe that uses vegetables. Well, I knew right away that Zoey's dad and I would be making a dish that we lovingly refer to as "Valentine Surprise".

Zoey's dad has always impressed me with his culinary skills and our first Valentine's Day together he surprised me by making dinner all by himself. It was his first vegan meal that he made by himself and we still love it today. It's an easy dish with simple flavors, but something magical happens when they all come together.

Valentine Surprise Burritos


1 can vegetarian refried beans (or you can make your own)
2 fresh bell peppers (we used red and orange for the Valentine theme)
1/2 can black olives
6 tortillas
1/2 jar of salsa


1. In our house we let Zoey sniff things out first:

2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
3. Arrange 3 tortillas on the bottom of a square glass baking dish.
4. Use 1/2 the refried beans and spread it evenly among the 3 tortillas. Add 1/2 the peppers and olives as seen here:

5. Add some salsa to each burrito and then roll the tops of the tortillas over the filling so that you can create another layer.
6. Repeat steps 3-5 for a second layer (reserving some peppers and olives for the top).
7. Flip the tortillas over as seen here so that you have an almost flat surface on top:

8. Add salsa on top to cover the tortillas (this prevents the tortillas from burning).
9. Sprinkle the remaining peppers and olives on top.
10. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes:

Mmmmm... here it is on it's way out of the oven. Since we made this early for the contest, I am hoping that we will get to have it again on Valentine's Day.

Oh and in pregnancy news: tomorrow we are having an ultrasound to hopefully find out the sex of our first baby. We are so excited!


Tara said...

This looks like such a lovely dish! I wish that I would have realized that you entered the contest as well! I voted for Jenn's lasagna but now I'm trying to figure out how to vote a second time for your Valentine Surprise! I love the photo of Zoey sniffing the pepper!

Zoey said...

Hi Tara,

No worries, I actually entered a little late because I misread the deadline. I figured I might as well post my recipe anyway :)

SusanV said...

Thanks for entering the contest. Your burritos look great and I absolutely love your cat!

River said...

Pepper sniffer! The burritos look delish!

Enjoy the ultrasound, such exciting times for you guys! What a special Valentines Day!!

Jeni Treehugger said...
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Jeni Treehugger said...

*points up*
That was me who deleted that.
I thought you were too late to enter but it looks like you're in and now I'm all in a tizz as to who to vote for!!
This meal looks FREAKING AWESOME!!!


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Bethany said...

they look really yummy. I can't get enough of burritos.

zoey is so cute sniffing the pepper!