Lydia’s Express Breakfast Burrito’s

If you show up for breakfast at Lydia’s house, she will serve you these breakfast burritos.  In my mind, I had imagined that a breakfast burrito would be typical scrambled eggs, rolled in a tortilla shell with salsa and cheese thrown on top.

I was close, but far.  Lydia’s Breakfast Burritos includes a novel, but necessary step. Before cooking the scrambled  eggs, she mixes the salsa right into the eggs — right into them! This added step makes a world of difference to my son who “hates” eggs, but needs them, because he’s always hungry, and cereal just isn’t going to cut it. Once the eggs have the salsa mixed in, he can’t even tell there’s an egg involved in the whole concoction, and he gulps it down.

Lydia’s method of cooking the Breakfast Burritos is involved — she takes quite a bit of care to ensure the skillet is hot enough before the eggs hit, she warms the tortilla shells in the oven, and shreds the cheese block by hand.

On crazy mornings, when I’m trying to feed that rower, and pack his beef sandwiches, I don’t have that kind of time.  So, over the last few months, I hope with Lydia’s blessing, I have streamlined and made these burritos into a hot fast-food meal that I can whip up in less than 5 minutes.

Lydia’s Express Breakfast Burrito’s, Serves 2

  • You will need two eggs (1 egg per burrito)
  • Two tortilla shells
  • Salsa — 1-2 tablespoons
  • Grated Cheese, something like Monterrey Jack
  • Optional: Last night’s leftover vegetables or meat
  • Optional: Leftover rice
  • 1 Microwave vessel (I love mason jars)
  • A fork to stir

Crack your egg into the jar and break it up with the fork.

Add salsa and any optional leftover items and stir.

Place in the microwave and let it cook for at least 1 minute.  Stir the egg, and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Stir, and then cook an additional 30 seconds.  If there’s room, you can add your tortilla shell to the last 30 seconds to get it warmed up. Eggs can act funny in the microwave. So figure out how long it will take your microwave to get your egg to cook — but don’t let it go any longer than 1 minute before stirring between intervals.

Remove the jar from the microwave and scoop it into your tortilla shell.

Add cheese and let it melt into the warm eggs. Wrap in waxed paper, and hand to your crew as they head out the door.

Lydia, I hope you approve, because this beats pulling out the skillet on a crazy morning!


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