For a short time during culinary school, I had a part-time job at the “gourmet prepared foods” counter of a local grocery store. It was the type of place that charged $19.99/pound for cooked chicken breasts sprinkled with spices. Insane, I know. The two most popular items were mini turkey meatloaves and lentil burritos. Which mean that all day long, my shift basically involved people leaning over the counter and asking “Ya guys got any lentil burritos?”.
It’s true, they were a crowd-pleasing meatless but filling meal. But I knew I didn’t need to pay $7.95 for each one – I could make a version of them at home for just a fraction of that price (about $1.90 per burrito), as they’re made with totally affordable ingredients. Because they’re full of good-for-you things like lentils and sweet potatoes, I like to make them sort of gigantic, ala everybody’s favorite Mexican chain restaurant. Hungry husbands can eat them all, others can eat half and save the other half for lunch the next day.
When it comes to affordable and nutritious meals like this, dairy foods provide great nutritional bang for your buck. That’s why I’m teaming up with The United Dairy Industry of Michigan, which represents Michigan’s hardworking dairy farm families. These farms provide fresh milk, cheese and yogurt, which are excellent sources of protein as well as nine essential nutrients. To add some wholesome nutrition to these Big Ol’ Lentil Burritos, I’ve sprinkled a handful of cheese into each one and topped them with a healthy yogurt sauce.
For the Big Ol' Lentil Burritos:
For the Coriander Yogurt Sauce:
For the Garnishes (optional):
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The United Dairy Industry of Michigan. Sponsored posts help me pay for the costs associated with this blog (groceries…lots of groceries), and help support me as I pursue a career in recipe development and food photography. All opinions are 100% my own.