Best Breakfast Burrito Recipe

Can I tell you a secret? Over the last few weeks, I have not been taking care of myself how I should. What do I mean by that? Well, I know that I do best when I drink water before coffee and eat food before coffee, like real food not a random bar I grab from the snack bin. To be fair, like most of the world with kids, I have been in and out of a state of sickness. But today, today I made second breakfast because after I made my way out of the Starbucks drive thru with my Tall Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte...at 9:45 A.M. my stomach reminded me that all I had eaten was half a bagel. I immediately started thinking about the food I could make when I landed on a breakfast burrito. Side note: I feel so funny when I say "I'd like a tall blonde..." I choose my words wisely when I order hahaha.

As I was preparing my scramble for my burrito I was hit with memories of my grandmother who passed away in August. She used to make a scrambled egg dish every time we came to visit her from Wisconsin. It was the dish she would send us off with in the morning as a last symbol of love, to say she would miss us and to drive safe. Besides love, she made the eggs with white onions, diced ham, and velveeta cheese. I'm pretty sure she mixed the eggs with a little milk to make them fluffy, but I can't remember. Honestly, it's one of those dishes that I never recreated and would only eat at her house. It was one of her many signature comfort food dishes, but this burrito really opened up the flood gates of breakfast memories.


Moving onto why I'm sharing a burrito recipe. I've been taking a prenatal nutrition course, so I have been very intentional with every meal. So intentional, that when I made a red lentil pasta sauce my children refused to eat it. Honestly, it wasn't very good and some recipes are just a bust, but this burrito recipe will have you running to Costco for all of the egg.s. This burrito includes the big players: carbs, protein, and fat and the players we often forget about...especially at breakfast like folate and choline which are really important from preconception throughout pregnancy.


Why are these things so important from preconception and beyond? Let's talk about them.

  • Folate helps prevent neural tube defects like spina bifida. In fact, in the 90's the government started adding folic acid, the man made form of folate, to foods to help prevent spina bifida. Folate promotes higher progesterone, healthier menstrual cycles and improve fertility.

  • Food sources of folate in the wild: leafy greens, lentils, beans, seafood and eggs

  • Choline is important for fetal growth and the function of your placenta.

  • Food sources of choline in the wild: liver, eggs (in the yolks), fish and other animal products, in small quantities it is found in broccoli and cauliflower

If you are pregnant and are not experiencing an aversion to eggs don't fret, you can hide them in things like protein pancakes. Definitely try to get eggs into your daily routine because they are not only a good source of folate and choline but you will also find that they are packed with: B vitamins, selenium, vitamin D and DHA.


In this burrito, and the final plate I concentrated on adding color. In the burrito mixture, you will find the red onion, a gut healing food, and kale which gives us two colors and to finish off my plate I added some cantaloupe. In adding color to your plate you are adding vitamin C. Vitamin C is important because it's an antioxidant and it's one of the most important nutrients for the health of your placenta. When you pair folate sources with vitamin C, you are maximizing your body's ability to absorb the folate. We only wilt the kale because heating this leafy green too much could affect the folate content.


To start this dish, you are cooking your scramble in avocado oil. Fats are important for the health of your eggs and are critical for infant brain development. There is fat in the cheese we add to the burrito and you could even dip your burrito in a little FULL FAT greek yogurt to add some for fat to this dish. Whipping up your eggs with whole milk or full fat greek yogurt is an excellent way to incorporate extra fat too.


I've put in an optional add of hemp hearts. You can purchase a very large bag at Costco. Hemp hearts add omega 3 and 6's, protein, zinc, magnesium, B vitamins, and iron. Adding hemp hearts elevates your dish on nutrients without compromising taste.


Best Breakfast Burrito

The Ingredient list

  • 1 TBSP avocado oil

  • 1/4 C chopped Red onion

  • 2-3 eggs (depending on hunger level)

  • 3 TBSP Tillamook shredded cheddar cheese

  • 1/2 C of fresh Kale (or other leafy green of choice)

  • 1/2 tsp Garlic (add more if needed)

  • 1/2 tsp Salt (add more if needed)

  • pinch of Pepper

  • *optional* hemp hearts

  • Whole wheat Tortilla

Note on spices I used a spice blend, so I'm estimating the garlic and salt content if they were separated to be about half of what I used of the spice blend.



Directions

  • Heat a pan with 1 TBSP avocado oil on medium heat

  • Add your chopped red onion and sauté until lighter in color

  • While onions are sautéing, whisk your eggs and spices in a bowl with the cheese

  • Add egg mixture to the pan with the onions and cook until almost cooked, mix in kale

  • After kale is wilted and mixed, turn off the stove and remove eggs from heat and sprinkle hemp hearts on top

  • Put the egg mixture in the center of the tortilla and roll up as desired

How to roll the most beautiful burrito (if it hasn't been overfilled)

  • Place the filling in the middle of the tortilla, but slide it down close to the bottom of the tortilla

  • Grab each side of the tortilla and bring it in so it's "hugging" the filling

  • Grab the bottom of the tortilla and roll by tucking the tortilla under the filling

  • Roll until it looks like a burrito

If you opt for 3 eggs like I did in my hunger stricken egg cracking rage then you will be unable to fold your tortilla if it's not an extra large one. If you are skilled enough because you perhaps overfill every burrito you ever make then you will make it through consumption without all of the innards falling onto your plate. The good news is, you can easily throw your extra egg mix on the side or roll up another burrito and breakfast is ready for tomorrow.


Happy burrito making friends!


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