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Recipe provides a lesson in nutrition

Burritos are just one of the many healthy and easy snacks children can make with their parents
Now that school is in session, children need to concentrate on their studies.

One of the best ways to help children do that is by making sure they have a lesson in good nutrition.

Parents can encourage youngsters to eat well by teaching them about hearty, good-for-them meals that are easy to create — either after school or for a family dinner.

Beans, a staple of Tex-Mex cuisine, are a nutritional powerhouse, packed with protein and fiber yet low in fat. They readily serve as a terrific building block for child-friendly meals the whole family can enjoy.

Another benefit of dishes from south-of-the-border is the emphasis on fresh vegetables.

Whether accompanied by pinto beans or wrapped in a corn tortilla, red peppers, mushrooms and onions are an exceptional part of a child's diet.

Bean Burritos

6 10-inch flour tortillas

1 Tbsp. olive oil

tsp. minced garlic or 1 clove

garlic, minced

1 can (15.5 oz.) pinto beans,

undrained, mashed

cup chopped scallion

4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese

salsita, for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Wrap tortillas in foil but don't put them in the oven yet.

2. Heat oil in skillet on medium, add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.

3. Add the mashed beans and cook until they are hot. Place the flour tortillas in the oven and heat for about 10 minutes or until they are very warm.

4. Distribute the bean mixture, scallion and cheese evenly among the tortillas and roll up. Serve with salsa on the side.

Makes six burritos.

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