December is about joy and generosity and thoughtfulness. We dream all year long of decorating trees with our families, baking cookies with little ones, picking out the perfect gift for our significant other, and spreading love to everyone we come across throughout this sparkling season. However, we all know that underneath the cloud of smiles and full bellies and gift wrap, is a frenzy of preparation and events and cleaning and working. These beautiful homemade Christmas Eves don’t happen without some serious elbow grease and scheduling power. I’m usually right in there with everyone else. Scrambling to get my never ending to-do list done while still holding the household together and keeping enough clothes clean (or at least febrezed) to get through the day. This year I wanted it to be different. A little calmer. A little quieter. A little easier. So I turned my eyes to the world of freezer meals, the savior of any busy household. I’ve never explored the freezer meal world, although I’ve heard nothing but excellent things from those who have. This year has been so hectic, I decided it was time to give it a try myself.
The fantastic thing about these Gourmet Breakfast Burritos is that they are totally customizable and I really can’t think of anything you CAN’T put in them. I decided to make two types this go round. For my meat eating, spice loving husband – eggs, jalapeños, bacon, hot salsa, and a delicious habanero cheese. For my vegetarian tastes – eggs, jalapeños, salsa, cherry tomatoes, olive oil and garlic cooked spinach, red onion, bell pepper, avocado, and habanero cheese. Yes. All of that fit in one burrito. It is pure heaven. Imagine waking up on Monday, scrambling to get ready for the day and, in three minutes, being able to enjoy a healthy, homemade, delicious gourmet breakfast. Trust me. This is a new staple in our household. I will never let us run out of these bad boys – holiday season or no. I have included the recipes for my favorite two burritos below, but trust me when I say – throw anything you want in there. It’ll be amazing. And who doesn’t want a little heat in the middle of winter anyway? These bring some summer to December.
Gourmet Breakfast Burritos – Freezer Meal
8 Eggs – scrambled in your favorite fashion
4 Slices Cooked Bacon
10 Cherry tomatos
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
2 Cups Fresh Spinach
1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic
1 Diced Red Onion
1 Diced Bell Pepper
8oz Shredded Hot Habanero Cheese
Make homemade Fluffy Flour Tortillas (you can opt for store bought here, but trust me, the homemade version is simple and worth it).
Scramble Eggs in your favorite manner – plain, adding milk and butter, seasoned, etc. Set aside.
In a cast iron skillet, cook 4 slices of bacon. Place on a paper towel lined plate and set aside.
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Once heated, add minced garlic. Cook for 3 minutes, or until very aromatic. Add 2 cups of fresh spinach and stir until wilted. Add more olive oil if needed. Remove from heat and set aside.
Slice your avocado. Dice your red onion, jalapeño, and bell pepper. Halve your cherry tomatoes. Crumble bacon into small pieces.
Set up your Fluffy Flour Tortillas in an assembly line. On the first half of tortillas (should be 3 or 4 depending on how big you made them) spoon eggs, cooked spinach, and 1 tablespoon of salsa. Sprinkle on diced red onions, diced bell peppers, a few cherry tomato halves, diced jalapeño, and sliced avocado. We have a lot of ingredients here so use sparingly. You want your burrito to close completely and a little goes along way for flavor! Top these ingredients with the habanero cheese and roll the burritos closed. If you’re not sure how to roll your burrito, this is a handy tutorial. For the remaining tortillas spoon in eggs, bacon crumbles, jalapeño, and cheese. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of salsa and wrap closed. Pack these tightly in large freezer bags (packed in tight so that they don’t come unrolled when moved), and place in the freezer!
To reheat – Take one burrito out of the freezer and wrap in a paper towel (be sure you tuck the sides of the paper towel under too so that the whole burrito is wrapped). Place in the microwave. Fill a cup or mug half way with water and place in the microwave with the burrito. Microwave for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Top heated burrito with more cheese, salsa, or lettuce and enjoy!