Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Breakfast Burrito

As I sit here waiting for my umpteenth batch of homemade yogurt to cool, planning out my meals for the week, I am reminded that breakfast is so often left off the list.  Despite hundreds of post, we've only featured breakfast meals a handful of times, including yogurt. We've also made pork skillet (two ways), breakfast tacos, soaked baked oatmeal and homemade granola. They are all delicious, but sometimes you want something a little more than yogurt, but quicker and more on the go than a skillet.....for those occasions - I give you: the breakfast burrito...

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Per WebMD, breakfast jump starts your metabolism to help you burn more calories during the day. It gives you the energy to get moving. Studies have linked eating a healthy breakfast to better memory, lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, lower risk of diabetes and heart disease, and lower risk of being overweight. I really need to eat breakfast more consistently!!! 

My toddlers often stick with yogurt in some fashion. They like it plain, or topped with fruit, cereal, or granola. My husband and I are usually rushing around, and consistently eating breakfast is a lot more difficult for us. We are both liable to skip, and binge on food later. However, one of the best ways to make sure we eat breakfast is to have frozen breakfast foods on hand! We have been making breakfast sandwiches and burritos for years!

The breakfast burrito was our first venture into breakfast on the go. It is one of the easiest sandwiches to start with, and certainly provides the most options. They can be really cheap, and they freeze great! Pretty much anything you could do with an omelette you can do with a breakfast burrito! Ingredient options include sausage, bacon, ham, turkey,  beans, potatoes, onions, peppers, spinach, mushrooms and other veggies. I've mixed in salsa, Mexican cheese, goat cheese, and mozzarella. You can make mini burritos, or extra large burritos, use any flour tortilla (even carb friendly tortillas). In fact, more than once I've made breakfast for dinner, just doubled whatever omelette/scramble I was making and I've thrown it into a burrito for breakfast the next day! When made fresh these last 2-3 days.

My favorite burrito is egg, sausage, onions, pepper and Mexican-blend cheese. To make this filling, first, cook all your ingredients. For 6 large burritos, we use about a dozen eggs, 6 servings of breakfast sausage, a pepper or two and a whole onion. Stir fry the sliced pepper and onion until tender, then scramble the eggs. Once cooked, combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Add cheese. Scoop blended ingredients into the center of the tortilla, fold the ends in and roll it up. Place burritos, seam side down, on parchment paper or a baking mat - Freeze for 1-2 hours. Once frozen, place in a (labeled) freezer bag. To reheat, wrap in a wet paper towel and microwave for 1-2 minutes. Time will depend greatly on your particular microwave and the thickness of your burrito.

Do you have a favorite omelette, breakfast burrito, or breakfast sandwich? Let us know! Don't worry, this is just an intro post! I'll be back with more recipes, ideas and some tips & tricks for getting them just right. 

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