As we move into the home stretch before March Break, I find myself struggling to come up with quick and healthy breakfast ideas for my family. Over the winter, we have overdosed on our go-to weekday breakfast items—cold cereal, hot cereal, toast, bagels, waffles—and are in desperate need of a change.
Our kids love eggs, and we always have them on the weekends, so I figured why not incorporate them, along with a couple of other nutritious ingredients, into our weekday menu as well—breakfast burritos, a simple and healthy way to start the day. Kids can help out by preparing the tortillas for the oven, whisking the eggs, grating the cheese and stirring the scrambled eggs. And, what kid doesn’t love to roll….
Serves 3 hungry children
- 3 large whole wheat flour tortillas
- 6 slices Black Forest ham
- 6 large eggs
- 3 Tbsp milk
- Pinch of pepper
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tsp butter
- ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 tomato, chopped (optional)
- ½ avocado, sliced (optional)
- ¼ cup salsa (optional)
Prep and Cook
- Preheat oven to 350°F and place an oven rack in the middle of the oven.
- Lay 2 slices of ham over the top of each of the tortillas and divide shredded cheese down the middle of each of the tortillas.
- Place tortillas on a baking sheet and transfer baking sheet to the oven.
- Leave tortillas in the oven until the cheese has melted (3 to 5 minutes).
- When the cheese has melted, remove the tortillas from the oven.
- Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, lightly whisk together eggs, milk, pepper and salt.
- Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-low heat and once hot, add butter.
- Pour in egg mixture and cook eggs slowly, drawing a spatula through the eggs and lifting and turning them as they cook (approximately 5 minutes).
- Remove eggs from the heat when it looks like they are almost done and there is no visible liquid in the pan.
- Spoon scrambled eggs down the middle of each of the tortillas and top with chopped tomato, avocado, salsa etc.
- Roll up the tortilla as securely as possible and serve immediately with a spoonful of sour cream or salsa and a side of fruit.
Good to Know: substitute cooked bacon, sausage, sautéed vegetables or black beans for the ham. Save time by making a few burritos the night before and then warm them up in the microwave in the morning.
Breakfast burritos aren’t just for breakfast—serve them for lunch, dinner or cut into bite-size pieces for an after-school snack.
What do your kids like to make for breakfast?
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