Thursday, February 21, 2013
Super Soft California Breakfast Tacos
With the advent of the internet, I don't often get mail anymore. The day of the actual letter has disappeared leaving my mailbox filled mostly with unwanted bills and junk. Hence, when the doorbell rings and my smiling mail lady presents me with an unexpected package, my heart does a little jump of happiness.
The kids are used to me receiving blog "stuff", and frequently show their disappointment when the box shows something like coffee, or a blender, or avocados. This time though, the contents of my blog box featured three fresh packages of Mission's new Super Soft Tortillas. Looking at the over 40 tortillas in all sorts of sizes I immediately thought, "There is no way we will ever be able to eat all of those...", but the kid's enthusiasm spread like wildfire, and before I knew what was happening my son was planning breakfast for dinner.
Ever the teenage boy, tortillas have become his vehicle of choice to obtain fuel for his growing body (have I mentioned shoe costs lately??). Who knew one could live on burritos alone? Who knew warming a frozen burrito in the microwave was considered cooking? Who knew my son can put together a mean Breakfast Burrito?
With comments of, "Fast food breakfast burritos are gross.", and, "All you do is wrap breakfast into the burrito and you can take it with you!", my son showed me that he does indeed have taste as well as a touch of ingenuity.
While the "Breakfast Burrito" per se is nothing new, making them in our house was new to us. Filling Mission's Super Soft Tortillas with more ingredients than you can imagine, our family of four did indeed manage to polish off each and every one of those tortillas arriving on our doorstep. Liv and my son preferred the full traditional, folded burrito, while my husband and I chose to make ours more taco style.
Everyone started with a base of fluffy scrambled eggs (or egg whites), but that's where the ingenuity came in. The boy child added bacon, potatoes, avocado, black beans and tons salsa to his version, while Liv preferred spinach, peppers, avocado and a mere 1/2 tsp of salsa for a little extra kick. My husband, saying he needs "man-food", went with the eggs, bacon, avocado and hot sauce, and my version blended a bit of all of the above.
Still working to reduce the calories that my middle-aged middle is intent collecting, I stuck to 1 whole egg plus an extra egg white. Adding spinach, avocado, fresh tomatoes, red onion, black beans and a touch of salsa I found the perfect way to start (or finish) my day. Reducing the carbs slightly, I stuck to the soft taco sized tortilla overflowing with the fresh ingredients, and yes... breakfast for dinner is perfect.
As for the tortillas, I've been scolded for letting our supply run low. Wondering why I didn't think of making Breakfast Burritos before, Mission's super soft tortillas have now become a staple in our pantry. I'm thrilled at how the kids embraced a meal that fills so many nutritional levels all wrapped up and ready to go, and I even more thrilled that my son made it himself.
Super Soft California Breakfast Tacos (Mommy's Version)
With variations galore, let your imagination run wild and create a version that is all you! Healthier and tastier than any fast food burrito, breakfast at home never tasted so good.
1 soft taco size tortilla
1 whole egg
1 egg white
10 baby spinach leaves
1/2 avocado, sliced
1 slice red onion, cut in half and separated
3 Tbs canned black beans, drained and rinsed
2 Tbs Salsa
freshly ground black pepper
Scramble the egg and egg white with the spinach.
Lay the tortilla on a plate and add a few slices of avocado along with a few pieces of the red onion. Add the scrambled eggs and top with additional avocado, red onion, black beans and salsa. Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper. Enjoy!