Whenever people nervously tell me about their wayward teenager, I try to offer them hope by letting them know what a dumb teenager I was. There was no massive “moral failing” to speak of, just a consistent inability to think of anyone other than myself combined with a lot of dumb choices. But *that* is the topic of another blog. This is not confession time. 🙂 Having a mother that prayed incessantly for me inevitably drew me out of *some* of my stupidity. However, God knew I was going to need more tangible help.
So what did He do? For 3 out of my 4 years in college, He gave me a roommate that was studying psychology. Three different years. Three entirely different sets of roommates. Yet every year at least one of them was a psych major. And boy did they have a case study in me!
The resident psychologist for my junior year was none other than Jenn Pentalow, now known as Jennifer McSorley. I don’t know how she endured me. She was just few years older, but worlds away in life experience and perspective. She was my prayer partner, my advice giver, my clothes sharer, and tear wiper. And, as it turned out, the absolute best burrito maker! There isn’t a whole lot I remember from college, because, ya know, I have “mom-nesia.” I barely remember what I ate yesterday! But those burritos. They left an indelible mark on my soul. And so easy!! And healthy…..ish. They have spinach people. That should count for something!
The Jenn Penn Burrito (Makes about 9-10 burritos)
1.5- pounds of ground beef (or ground turkey)
1- 10 oz block of frozen chopped spinach
1.5- cups of mexican or cheddar cheese
1- 8 oz jar of salsa
1 tsp -chili powder
1 tsp -cumin
.5 tsp -salt
10 Burrito sized tortillas
Defrost and squeeze out the the spinach while browning the beef.
wrap the stack of torillas in aluminum foil and throw in the oven at 350 degrees.
Add spices (chili powder, cumin, salt), add spinach, salsa, and cheese to the ground beef.
When it is all mixed together, scoop 1/3 cup of the mixture into a warmed tortilla. Fold two sides in, then fold the other two sides for a perfect square! Hooray! Math!