Monday, April 13, 2015

The Weekday Breakfast Burrito: Less than $1.25 a plate

This breakfast burrito is a staple breakfast item for our busy weekdays.  If your family is like mine, I feel like every day before school or before early weekend soccer games are mad dashes to the bathroom, laundry room and then maybe the dining room for breakfast.  Once I started serving these breakfast burritos mornings got easier and the kids stayed fuller, longer.

What you'll need:
Scrambled Eggs
Black Beans
Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Taco size soft tortillas (flour or whole wheat)

You can add:
Sour creme
Hot sauce
Cilantro sprigs
Chopped Jalapeño

Plan ahead to save time:
I recommend cooking bacon and scrambled eggs ahead of time.  These items will easily keep for 5 days cooked ahead of time and kept in airtight containers in the refrigerator.  For example, I bake my bacon in the oven on Sunday nights while I make dinner and empty the black beans into an airtight container I can spoon from each morning.

To make:
On a microwave safe plate, lay one tortilla flat.  In the center of the tortilla spread out 1-2 tablespoons  of black beans, a tablespoon or 2 of scrambled egg, 1 strip of bacon and a palm-full of shredded cheese.  Cook on high for 20-30 seconds or until cheese is 1/2-3/4 melted.

Remove the plate and add sour creme, hot sauce, cilantro sprigs and jalapeño (all to taste).

Wrap as a burrito and you're done!  If you have extra time, you can try grilling the finished burrito in a non-stick pan with a little olive oil spray.  My kids love these either way I cook them.

The breakdown on cost:
I shop at a large grocery chain (Kroger). These items can be found at or around these prices in most cities and towns.  Feel free to swap out sausage for bacon, or turkey products for pork products.  You should still be able to keep this breakfast to under $2.00 a plate even if you use more expensive meats and eggs.

Bacon: store brand, center cut for $3.59 (12 slices= $.30 a slice)
Eggs: $3.50 for organic dozen (.$30 per egg)
Black Beans: organic store brand for $1.00 (serves 8 if using 1-2 tablespoons= $.12 a serving)
Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese: store brand for $3.00 ($.10 for a serving)
Taco size soft tortillas (flour or whole wheat): $2.00 for a pack 10 Ole brand ($.20 a tortilla)
Sour creme: store brand, all natural for $2.50 (23 servings, .$10 or so per serving)
Hot sauce: $2.30 for large bottle of Chulula brand (a few drops is nominal at maybe $.02 a serving)
Cilantro sprigs: organic bunch in produce isle is $.79 (a few sprigs is nominal at maybe .03 a serving)
Chopped Jalapeño : $.20 each (chopped is nominal at maybe $.04 a serving)

Total cost: $1.21 a plate

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