They say it’s the most important part of the day.
For me, it’s a meal I have always struggled to eat – as a child, I would feel sick all day if I ate too soon after waking up. When I was in the second grade, I distinctly recall having instant oatmeal for four days of the week; every Wednesday, we were allowed cold cereal – Cocoa Puffs to be exact – since that was the morning we had to be at school early for Mass. That was a treat day, and to this day, I am convinced I lived for Cocoa Puffs every week!
On vacations, we were allowed sugary cereal – so, Wednesdays during the school year, and then making a trip. I fell in love with Frosted Flakes. Tony the Tiger is, truly, grrrrreat! Or, at least his cereal is…
When I moved out on my own, I continued to dive deeper into the sugary cereal… until I met my husband, who has tried his hardest to mature my breakfast palate. And, I think I’m getting there…
As a mom, I have spent a considerable amount of time on the kinds of breakfasts I want to serve for my children. I have made it a goal to try to make breakfast more days than not – a goal I’m still working on.
However, since I haven’t written about food in a while, and I really like the pictures I took one day, I decided I would introduce you to my favorite breakfast to create!
Anni’s Breakfast Burritos
Start with these for a treat – they aren’t required, but they definitely add a little extra yummy goodness. That said, I have made my burritos without these plenty of times, and on days where meat is not permissible (Fridays during Lent, or Fridays in general), I don’t even miss the taste! After browning them (bonus points because this stuff is pre-cooked, so I’m really just reheating the stuff), pour the meat lovers into a bowl and set aside… you’ll come back to them…
Next, you need the eggs… my son enjoys a little bit of milk in the eggs to make them fluffy. I also add some ground pepper. This recipe has also been made with egg whites to lower cholesterol (and, obviously, we didn’t use the added meat for our treat days). So, essentially, just make scrambled eggs the way you desire…
Next come the added toppings. On days where we are splurging, and really not watching cholesterol, we’ll add a sprinkling of cheese. This is the perfect time to add extra toppings, too – like peppers, onions, or in my case, salsa. Salsa on eggs is scrumptious. Also, add some of the meat lover’s mix back in around the same time as the salsa – just to ensure all ingredients are warm before consumption!
Then come the tortillas – this particular day, I had the really small white ones on hand. However, I really enjoy the salsa eggs in the spinach tortillas or the tomato-basil tortillas. For added fiber and a slight increase in the protein count, we have a tendency to use the whole wheat tortillas the most.
This is guaranteed to be a hit with family members… dogs included! My son eats the eggs, sausage, and tortillas separately. My husband doesn’t like salsa on his burritos, so I grab his out of the pan before I add salsa to my filling.
Time it takes to make this? Fifteen minutes, if that!
Another perk? This is seriously a one-pan dish, if you want to make it such (just do the eggs, and then throw the meat lover’s pieces in with the rest of the toppings). So, easy clean-up!
Also, you can completely omit the tortilla, and just make it scrambled eggs with some great fillers included.
Either way – quick, easy, and as nutritious as you want to make it.
What about you?
What are your quick ‘n easy, and favorite breakfasts to make for your family?
I’d love to hear in the comments!