Freezer Breakfast Burritos

 

freezer breakfast burritos-8 squareApparently this is breakfast week at Our Best Bites. But, in addition to being a great, protein-packed breakfast for busy, on-the-go mornings, these freezer breakfast burritos are actually one of our favorite dinners as well. I make these in huge batches and freeze them, so on those days when I just don’t feel like cooking, I can pull a few burritos out of the freezer and chop up some fruit and everyone is happy.

This isn’t a super low-calorie, low-fat meal, but I’m at peace with that–even if you pair it with some berries or a small piece of fruit, the entire meal comes in at under 400 calories. It’s packed with protein and complex carbs (if you use a whole wheat tortilla) and will fuel your body all morning long. Or all through your Gilmore Girls marathon after the kids are in bed.

To start out, crack 12 eggs into a medium mixing bowl. Add 1/4 cup water and pepper or a few dashes (okay, more than a few–more like 1/2 teaspoon) of your favorite hot sauce.

Freezer Breakfast Burritos from Our Best Bites

Whisk the eggs until smooth and set aside.

In a large skillet, melt 3 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. When melted, swirl the butter around the pan, then add the whisked eggs to the pan. Cook until the eggs are bubbly, then gently scrape the bottom of the pan, allowing more of the liquid-y egg mixture to come in contact with the pan. Repeat until the eggs are completely scrambled. Transfer the eggs to a bowl and return the pan to the hot stove.

Grab a package of lean turkey breakfast sausage.

Freezer Breakfast Burritos from Our Best Bites

I’ve also seen (and used) lean pork breakfast sausage before, but I couldn’t find any this go-around and I’m not exactly sure how lean it is compared to the turkey. Either way, the turkey breakfast sausage tastes great, so I’m not complaining.

Add the sausage and cook, crumbling the sausage as it cooks, until it’s about halfway cooked. Add a diced onion and a diced bell pepper

Freezer Breakfast Burritos from Our Best Bites

and cook until the vegetables are tender and the sausage is completely cooked. Remove the pan from heat.

Place 1/3 cup scrambled eggs,

Freezer Breakfast Burritos from Our Best Bites

1/4 cup of the sausage/onion/pepper mixture,

Freezer Breakfast Burritos from Our Best Bites

and 2 tablespoons of shredded cheese into each tortilla.

Freezer Breakfast Burritos from Our Best Bites

Roll the mixture tightly into the tortillas, folding in the ends as you roll, then roll tightly in aluminum foil.

Freezer Breakfast Burritos from Our Best Bites

Place the wrapped burritos into a large Ziploc bag and freeze.

When ready to serve, remove a burrito from the bag, unwrap it from the foil, and place it on a microwave-safe plate. Place the plate in the microwave and cook at 30% power for 90 seconds to defrost the burrito. Then cook for another 60 seconds on full power or until hot. Serve immediately with salsa. Makes 12 burritos.

Freezer Breakfast Burritos from Our Best Bites

 

24 comments

  1. I always high five myself when I pull dinner out of the freezer and pop it into the oven. But never thought I could do a freezer breakfast meal! I could even sleep in and have my husband get these going on the weekends (maybe!?) and then could cut up that fresh fruit to make everyone happy. We’re like that too, family would love this meal. Just not the Gillmore Girls, Ha! We liked Chopped here =)

  2. I love this idea! This is way less expensive that getting a Starbucks breakfast sandwich or Good Times breakfast burrito on the way to work. And far healthier too!

  3. Yum and then some! Here in Texas, I’ll use black beans instead of sausage if I want to save on a couple calories. I’ll also be bad sometimes and do bacon with refried beans and potatoes. That keeps the hubs happy! Mmm, now I’m hungry and need verde salsa.

  4. Sara will you post a menu plan or what you eat during the day. I have a hard time thinking of meals that will work to lose weight that I like.

    1. I’m not Sara, but I’m planning on doing that for one of our upcoming Scoop posts. 🙂 I will say, a typical day looks like:

      BREAKFAST:
      2 fried eggs
      1 slice whole wheat toast with 1 teaspoon butter
      1 cup low-sodium V8 juice

      SNACK:
      1 cheese stick
      1 orange

      LUNCH:
      Lemon-Dill Tuna Salad in lettuce cups

      SNACK:
      1 cup sugar snap peas
      2 tablespoons Dill-Feta Greek yogurt dip

      DINNER:
      Salad made from lettuce, our taco chicken, grape tomatoes, avocado, shredded cheddar cheese, red onion slices, and dressing

      SNACK:
      2 squares Lindt orange dark chocolate

  5. I will have to try these. They would make a great lunch option for my toddler and I. I will have to try the turkey sausage sometime also. I am still searching for a sausage we like at our house.

  6. I’m excited to try these. My boys turn their noses up at all of the easy breakfast foods–cereal, oatmeal, etc.– and I turn my nose up at the prospect of cooking first thing in the morning. This might be part of the solution.

  7. Thank you Kate for another great recipe! I have three school
    age kids so a quick healthy breakfast idea is always enjoyed
    in our house. I started watching Gillmore Girls a couple months
    ago and I’m already on season 6. I love watching it all alone
    after my kids are in bed.

  8. We like breakfast for lunch on Sundays after church and this would be perfect for the days when we have extra meetings and don’t want to wait for pancakes. Or for an after school snack for my hungry teenage boy. Thanks!

  9. I’ve tried a version of these a couple of times, but was always sorely disappointed when I reheated them since I always ended up with rubbery tortillas and still-cool centers. Suggestions?

  10. I love this idea and the great recipe w/ a few veggies mixed in. Someone told me once that they heats theirs in the oven each morning while they get ready (still in the foil). Ever hear of that or have any idea what temperature and time I should use?

  11. I got these down to 7 WW Points by doing the following:
    Brown 18 oz lite Jimmy Dean sausage (I’m trying to watch my cholesterol, and this had half the cholesterol of the turkey sausage. Remove from pan and set aside.
    While sausage is cooking, rehydrate 4 cups of potato shreds (Auguson Farms) in 4 cups water in covered but vented container for 5 minutes; let sit in microwave until sausage is browned and removed from skillet. Drain potatoes before adding to skillet.
    Add potatoes to skillet after sausage has been removed. Let potatoes brown, then add 6 eggs and 6 egg whites (again, trying to watch my cholesterol) which have been beaten. Add sausage back in, and stir until eggs are cooked. Place 1/2 cup mixture on each of 18 Maya’s 100-calorie wheat tortillas. Sprinkle with 2 T. shredded cheese. Wrap and freeze and heat as directed. I served it with fresh restaurant style salsa! So delish!

  12. Crazy! I made these this morning for the freezer without seeing this post. Same exact turkey sausage and everything!

  13. These look awesome. I wonder if they could be cooked in the oven. I have an issue with soggy things… and I like being able to put everything on a pan and cook it instead of microwaving individually. Or maybe if I put them on the grill…

  14. Great post! This was already on my to-do list for the weekend, so I’m glad to see your recipe. What I’ve learned since getting married is that if I cook to fill my very tall, high-metabolismed husband, I will eat things that my much smaller frame cannot handle on a regular basis. I’m trying to do a lot of freezer meals so he can eat whatever he’s in the mood for, while I enjoy a big salad or a bowl of oatmeal. Dieting was WAY easier when I was single!

  15. Yay! These look great. I’ve been reading a lot lately that fat isn’t as bad as they once thought. Low fat isn’t really the thing anymore. Maybe I’ll make mine with bacon or regular sausage. 🙂

  16. I’ve made these, with just a little different twist, and took them on a long camping trip. What a great idea!! Everyone loved them and had enough to share with other camper’s. Saves so much on cooking and cleaning. Thanks for posting.

  17. I made some yesterday for the first time to send with my husband and kids for a weekend at in a rustic cabin. I guess but a lot of the measurements were the same. I thought of adding hashbrowns to it but I think I would need bigger tortillas. We like to buy Maya tortillas. They have 80 calorie white tortillas and I think the wheat are 90 calorie. It’s surprising how different tortillas can be in calories. I didn’t freeze mine but wondered about that to make ahead for kids breakfasts.

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