I’ve been making breakfast burritos every weekend and eating them all week for a couple months now and not only are they really tasty, they’re not very expensive (my version is $1.78 per burrito), and they have a good hit of protein, which is good, because I have to concentrate on protein (left to my own devices, I will totally eat cereal and toast for three meals a day). They’re easy to make, although they do take some planning ahead.
Breakfast Burritos: makes 5
1 large carton (32 oz) of egg whites. You can use whole eggs, but I eat hard-boiled eggs for lunch, and 4 whole eggs a day is probably a little excessive. It would be less expensive to buy eggs and separate them, but I don’t have a use for the egg yokes and it would be more time consuming and messy than I’m personally okay with.
Salt/pepper/seasoning that you like on your eggs.
2 bell peppers- I use the long, skinny sweet peppers because I think they are easier to deal with (a lot of my food choices come down to “is this going to be easy for me to deal with”) and tastier (I also digest red/yellow/orange peppers better). I just slice them thinly. If you use regular bell peppers, you may want to either dice them very small or saute them a little first to get some of the water out of them before you get started.
5 large burrito size tortillas (that’s half a package of the ones I buy)
about 1/3 of a package of shredded cheese (maybe 2/3rds of a cup or so). I like the store brand Mexican blend myself, but anything that melts would work.
paper towels and foil to wrap the burritos in
1) spray a casserole dish with non-stick spray (adds a negligible amount of fat, but you’ll thank yourself later when you clean the dish). Dice/slice your peppers and layer them in the bottom of the dish. Pour the egg whites over the peppers, add salt/pepper/other seasoning to taste and put the casserole into a 350F/176C oven. Set the timer for 10 minutes and go do something else.
2) when the timer goes off, check the eggs and give them a stir. If they’re not looking at all set up, give them another 10 minutes. If they’re starting to set, check them in 5. Trust me, you do not want to over cook the eggs.
3) at the 20 minute mark, your eggs should be set up, but still pretty runny. I like my eggs firm and fully cooked, so I give them another 10 minutes. If you’re more okay with a little runny, give them 5 and check them, but I will caution you that drier is better if you’re planning on microwaving the finished burritos.
4) when the eggs are cooked to your taste, pull them from the oven and let them cool off for about 10-15 minutes before refrigerating them for at least an hour or two. You want them to be cold before rolling the burritos. I usually cook the eggs in the morning or early afternoon and roll burritos after dinner.
5) About 15 minutes or so before you start to roll the burritos, pull the tortillas out of the fridge and let them warm up to room temperature.
6) Ready to roll! Pull the eggs and cheese out of the fridge. My technique is to lay a paper towel on the counter and put the tortilla on the towel. A scoop of egg/veggie mixture goes in the middle of the tortilla, maybe slightly towards the bottom edge. Cheese goes on top. Then I fold up the bottom of the tortilla, fold in the sides and roll it into a sort of square roll. I fold the paper towel around it and wrap the whole thing with foil. They keep easily in the fridge for up to 5 days with no issues. I might freeze them if I was going to go much longer than that, but if you’re freezing, I recommend patting the egg mixture as dry as possible before rolling the burritos. Things tend to get watery on reheating if things aren’t dry when they go into the freezer
To reheat: I reheat refrigerated burritos (in their paper towel wrappers so things stay together and don’t dry out) in the microwave at work for 1:30, which gets them hot enough to stay hot (wrapped back up in the foil- don’t microwave in the foil, obviously) during the walk back to my desk and they cool off to the perfect temperature while I’m eating my fruit or yogurt. If I was eating it right from the micro, I’d probably only heat it for 1:00-1:15. YMMV.
You can, of course, add other things to the burritos. Hash browns would probably work well, as would sausage or bacon. I have food texture issues that makes these additions a no-go in this application, but it would probably be good. Just again, make things as dry possible/drain things really well before adding to the burrito. Also, most people will probably want hot sauce or salsa on the burrito, but I would add that after they were reheated so things didn’t get too watery (I don’t particularly like tomatoes in anything other than chili and even then it’s only barely acceptable, so I don’t put salsa on mine).
My cost breakdown for 5 burritos (Prices in USD. I live in Ohio, which isn’t a high COL place, so this may seem unrealistically cheap if you live on a US coast):
1 32 oz carton of egg whites: $4.49
1/3 bag of cheese: $0.93 (whole bag is $2.79)
1/2 package of tortillas: $1.50 (whole package is $2.99)
1/2 package of miniature bell peppers: $2.00 (whole package is $3.99)
Price per burrito: $1.78
According to Cronometer, the nutritional breakdown for one burrito is:
14.8 g protein
7.7 g fat
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