March 2, 2014

Vegetarian breakfast burritos

"Mine eyes smell onions; I shall weep anon."
All's Well That Ends Well, William Shakespeare
Perhaps it's the Californian in me, but nothing makes me perk up at brunch like the words "breakfast burrito."

In reality, it's so very simple to make this at home. Plus, when you make it yourself, you can customize it however you like, without annoying the waiter/waitress with your special requests and substitutions. As our pal Shakespeare would say, you can make your breakfast burrito just as you like it. Ba-dum-bum.

This recipe below makes enough filling for 3-4 good-sized burritos. It's definitely great bang for your buck—I think the ingredients cost me about $4 (even in New York, where groceries are redonkulously expensive).

I would have added corn to mine if I had any on hand. You can use whatever beans you like (or no beans at all); I used pink beans. Sliced avocado would also be a divine addition, methinks. So get thee to a stove and whip up some of these fantastic breakfast burritos, stat.

Vegetarian Breakfast Burritos
1/2 large onion, chopped fine
1 clove garlic, minced
2 small tomatoes, chopped
15 oz. can beans, rinsed and drained
4 large eggs
1 boiled Yukon Gold potato, cubed
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Seasonings: dash of salt & pepper, hot sauce, and/or Magic Unicorn salt
Whole-wheat tortillas
Monterey jack cheese, sliced thin

Drizzle oil into a large skillet and cook the onion, garlic and tomatoes over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Add in the beans and stir.

Make a well in the center of the pan and crack the eggs into that space, one at a time. Gently break up the eggs with a wooden spoon and wait until the eggs have somewhat solidified before slowly incorporating them into the rest of the pan.

Stir in the potato and season with salt and pepper and hot sauce, or whatever seasonings you like. Sprinkle the chopped cilantro on top and stir until evenly distributed. Turn off the heat. At this point you can either serve by itself, or over rice, or start to assemble your breakfast burrito.

If you're going the burrito route, here's how you prepare your tortillas.

Arrange a few slices of monterey jack cheese on a tortilla and place on a microwave-save plate. Microwave for 30 seconds or until the cheese melts.

Spoon about 1/2 cup of the prepared egg and bean filling into the center of the tortilla. Roll up the burrito and enjoy by itself or with a side of salsa. :)

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