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This Healthy, High-Protein, Vegan Burrito Recipe Is About to Become Your New Favorite Easy Dinner

Emily Laurence

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Venus Williams certainly knows how to turn the big old pile of lemons that is social distancing and turn it into lemonade. Every weekday at noon, she hosts live IG workouts, giving us mere mortals a chance to do an  all-star workout, and you can count on her cooking game still being strong, too.

Williams’ jalapeño vegan burrito (featured in The Well+Good Cookbook) is a smart way to get a healthy dinner on the table—fast. The meal uses black beans as the main protein source, and also offers the perfect balance of veggies and grains (from rice and the whole wheat tortillas). And because Williams always goes the extra mile, she even knows how to whip up a jalapeno cashew cream in mere seconds.

Well+Good’s co-founder Alexia Brue says this recipe is on repeat at her house because it’s easy and everyone can customize their own burrito. (Read: It’s definitely kid-friendly.) Just put the ingredients in different bowls and let everyone make their own burrito. Keep reading for the full recipe.

Venus Williams’ jalapeno vegan burrito

Serves 4

Ingredients
For the jalapeño cashew cream:
2 cups raw cashews, soaked in water overnight and drained
1/2 to 1 medium jalapeno, sliced
Juice of 1/2 lemon (about 1 Tbsp)
Kosher salt

For the burritos:
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 small red onion, diced
1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup sliced button or cremini mushrooms
1 cup cooked jasmine or brown rice
1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
Sea salt
4 whole wheat tortillas
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
1 cup guacamole
1 cup tomato salsa
1/4 cup jalapeño cashew cream

For the jalapeño cashew cream:
1. In a high-speed blender or food processor, combine the soaked cashews, jalapeno, lemon juice, and salt to taste. Blend until smooth; add 1 tablespoon water, if needed to reach the desired consistency.

2. Store the cashew cream in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

For the burritos:
1.  Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When it shimmers, add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft and beginning to color, about three minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl.

2. Add the mushrooms to the skillet, increase the heat to medium-high, and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Transfer the mushrooms to the bowl with the other vegetables. Stir in the rice and black beans and season with salt.

3. To assemble the burritos, lay out the tortillas on a clean surface. Divid the vegetable-rice mixture evenly among the tortillas, spooning it neatly down the centers. Top with lettuce, using about half a cup on each. Spoon the guacamole and salsa over the top, using about a quarter cup on each. Drizzle with the cashew cream.

4. Tuck in the two sides of the tortillas and, starting from the edge closest to you, roll them up gently but with some pressure to create a neat log. Slice them in half across the middle and serve.

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