Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Man, if you've heard me complain about my camera for taking pictures of gardens, crochet projects, or anything to do with sewing... it's like the complaint olympics when I try to take a picture of food.


But these are too good not to share.

I made these breakfast burritos. I made two dozen of them, froze them, and in the morning I unwrap one, wrap it in a paper towel, and microwave it...two minutes if I forgot to take them out of the freezer, 45 seconds if they thawed in the refrigerator overnight. You could also cook them at 350 degrees in an oven (10 mins...ish), but I don't like to heat my huge oven for such a wee little morsel.

For years I've eaten oatmeal for breakfast. But these are my new favorites, for sure. First of all, I like a savory meal before work. By the time I add brown sugar and raisins to my oatmeal, it can get a bit sweet. Yes, I see you, and your snappy ideas, but I just don't eat oatmeal without the add-ons. Also, they are completely portable. I often eat breakfast in the car, on the way to dropping off kids. This way, there are no bowls/spoons with bits of oatmeal slowly turning into concrete on the floorboards of the van.

Here's my no-fail, cook once, eat often, process:

To scramble two dozen eggs, I just beat them with a fork (beat them well), add a pinch of salt and some milk (I just pour it in...half a cup maybe?). Put in a casserole dish sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Cook at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. When you pull them out, they may be a little runny in spots, but you're going to let them cool, during which time they set nicely, so don't overcook them.

Then, I put a whole package of bacon on a baking sheet (yes, I spray the sheet) and bake that at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. Again, don't worry if it looks a little're going to microwave it for 1/2 to 2 minutes when you eat it, and that will be plenty to finish the job. Press between a couple of paper towels.

When that's all cooked, I shred some medium cheddar cheese.

Then, cut the eggs into rectangles (you'll need 24 from your dish...they may look slim, but they are pretty thick. It's plenty, don't worry!) Put the egg, a piece of bacon (ration it out if you don't get 24 strips from your package), and a sprinkle of cheese. Wrap it like a burrito. Your call, I fold in both ends then fold over both sides.

Wrap in plastic or foil (I use foil because I re-use it, plus it's ready to go if you decide to heat it in the oven) and freeze. I guess you could add all kinds of stuff ~ tomatoes, peppers, onions, whatnot. I'm not a super confident freezer, so I just stick to the basics.

The only problem I have with these is in convincing Erik that they are not good for snacks. As easy as they are to make, it's still work. Which I don't mind doing for a super easy, fast, protein-filled breakfast. (Bonus: No every day dishes!) But I don't want to 'waste' them on the munchies, either!

Oh! And I almost forgot the most important part! Mister Picky-Eater (and by 'picky' I mean 'junk food junkie') Tommy will eat them. Sold.


  1. I was reading and thinking... I want to do that! I was thrilled when I got to the DIY section! I'll let you know how it goes!!

  2. Maia-ita ~ This is perfect for you! Just add cilantro. Ha! HaHa! Miss you.

    Sally-Bean ~ lol There's beer in it too!