All right, so the title’s a little bit hyperbolic. I made myself a bunch of breakfast burritos last night, as a way of making sure that I eat a meal I’ve prepared myself instead of eating out. Why? A couple of reasons, honestly. Portion control is one of them, because I know exactly how much of what I put into the food I make myself. This makes it easier to track my calories. Also, there’s a little matter of cost. Making breakfast burritos, even with the time commitment required, costs a lot less than eating in the cafeteria at work or running through a drive through.
This time round, I made the burritos with bacon. One strip per burrito, enough to add a nice flavor without overwhelming the meal. The original recipe was posted here in October, so let me just recap how this works.
8 large eggs (70 calories each)
1 onion (46 calories)
1 red, yellow, or green bell pepper (50 calories)
8 slices American cheese (78 calories each)
8 strips bacon (117 calories each)
8 8-inch tortillas (80 calories each)
- Cook your bacon to the desired crispness, and set aside.
- Finely chop your onion and pepper. Cook them in the bacon grease until the onion is translucent.
- Beat your eggs, add them to the skillet , and scramble them with the onion and pepper.
- Warm the tortilla shells and lay them out on sheets of tin foil.
- Place one strip of bacon and one slice of cheese on the center of each tortilla, then evenly divide the scrambled eggs between the eight tortillas. Roll the tortillas, then wrap them in the tin foil.
- Freeze until ready to eat. Reheating takes 3 to 5 minutes in a microwave, depending on the power of the microwave.
- This comes out to 357 calories per burrito, although be sure to check the specific calorie content for the items you use. Not all tortillas or bacon or cheese are created equal. The specific brands I used, for example, actually worked out to 302 calories per burrito.
- Much like a sandwich recipe, a burrito recipe is more of an example of how to make a whole class of food. Use sausage or ham or fish or whatever you like instead of bacon, or skip the meat altogether. Don’t like American cheese? Use cheddar or provolone or Swiss or whatever else strikes your fancy. Want more vegetables, and two different types of mushrooms? Knock yourself out. Just think of this as an omelette wrap, and go crazy. Be sure to account for the calories of the items you add and subtract, though.
- I have no idea how long these will keep in the freezer. I tend to eat them all within a week of making them.