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2 Quick Protein Rich Recipes For Vegetarian Athletes

Posted Nov 06 2008 4:57pm

I’m an avid runner. I also hike and do a lot of other sports. For some reason, people often mistakenly equate vegetarian food with not providing adequate protein and nutrition. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. One need only look to world class vegetarian athletes, such as Olympic champion Carl Lewis to see that a vegetarian diet can power your sporting .

However, I know you also probably don’t have all the time in the world. Below are two quick protein rich vegetarian recipes packed with carbs and other essential nutrients. Enjoy!

Super Black Bean and Corn Burritos


Organic Corn (1 small bag or a can)
2 cans Black Beans
2 small jars organic salsa (or I sometimes use Trader Joe’s)
Organic Cheese or Vegan Cheddar, shredded
Spices (beach salt, chili powder, cayenne pepper are my favorites!)
2 packs Organic Tortillas
Cooking Spray


Combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl. First add the corn. Drain and add the black beans and then stir in the salsa and cheese. Lastly add spices and stir well.

Preheat oven to 375 deg. F.

Take out a fry pan and spray it light with cooking spray or spread some olive oil on it. Place tortillas on the pan for a couple of seconds, until they are lightly browned. Flip and brown other side. Take off frying pan, fill with about 2 spoons of bean, corn, and cheese mix. Finish wrapping the burrito and place it in an oiled baking dish.

Once all the burritos are ready, cover in foil, then put dish in oven. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, or until burritos become lightly browned.

Super Refried Bean Burritos


1 Avocado (great for good fats)
1 can of Garbanzo beans
1 can of Refried Beans
1 can of Salsa
1 pack Organic Cheese or Vegan Cheese
2 packs of Tortillas
Spices (cayenne pepper!)


Coating pan with olive oil and place refried beans in it, at medium heat. Once beans begin to heat, stir gently and lower hear to med-high.

Drain the garbanzo beans and add them to beans. Chop the avocado and add to the beans. Take the mix off the burner. Place a second fry pan on the burner, coat with oil. Heat on medium high.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Gently brown tortillas on both sides. Place two generous spoons of bean mix in tortilla. Add a bit of salsa and cheese. Wrap and place in a baking sheet.

Once all beans are used up or you run out of tortillas, cover burrito dish in foil and bake in oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Serving suggestion: Serve with some delicious organic blue corn tortilla chips and salsa — yum!

I hope these dishes help to fuel your adventures. Please sharing your own burrito suggestions with us, if you have good ones, or if there’s other sporting foods you’d like to see.

Bon Appetite!

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