One day I got in my husband's car to go somewhere with him and noticed there was a McDonald's fast food bag on the floor with empty wrappers in it. He said he had gone there for breakfast on his way to work that morning because he was running late (let's preface this with the fact that there are days my husband gets up at 4 AM to go to work, so I can COMPLETELY understand the running late problem). Now, going to McDonald's in an of itself is no problem. I put the bag in the backseat and we went on our way. But, in my little mind of mine I was thinking to myself that I could make whatever McDonald's made way better and way healthier, so I gave it a shot!
I honestly can't remember the last time I had a McDonald's breakfast burrito so I have no idea what they put in them but that was besides the point. I wanted to make breakfast burritos for us that would be pre-made, ready to eat and full of our favorite breakfast foods. But, I wanted them to be infinitely healthier than the McDonald's version and cheaper, which I accomplished both :).
I started by going to Costco (honestly, I feel like I promote them in every post I write, but that store is phenomenal) and buying the things I will need. While there I discover the MorningStar Sausage patties that are really made of vegetables. They were WAY better for you so I thought we would try those instead of regular sausage. And, it turns out we love them! Whenever I make these breakfast burritos we end up snacking on the fake sausage patties the whole time.
Along with sausage patties I got tortillas that were not cooked yet, this is because I can cook them part of the way, then we freeze the burritos, and when we put them in the microwave to re-heat them from being frozen the tortilla cooks the rest of the way. It also helps to have a "less than cooked all the way" tortilla because you have to fold them all up in to a burrito and pre-cooked tortillas always break and crack because they aren't very malleable, then all the yummy insides fall out and make a huge mess. The halfway cooked tortillas work best for sure.
I also got shredded cheese, 5 dozen eggs, and 6 bell peppers (2 orange, 2 red, and 2 yellow).
From there, I cooked it all up and assembled the burritos! I have done this a few times now and if you get 5 dozen eggs, 6 bell peppers, and one bulk package of MorningStar sausage (it comes with 32 sausages in it) you can make about 60 breakfast burritos. So, I have also done this where I double everything except for the bell peppers because you always have too many but they come in a pack of 6 at Costco, and I made 120 breakfast burritos.
They aren't the biggest burritos in the world so my husband will eat two for breakfast and I will eat one. If we go through 3 burritos every work day (so 5 days a week) then 60 breakfast burritos will only last us 20 work days, or 4 weeks. They usually last us more like 6 weeks to 2 months because we don't eat them every day, but that is why I made 120 burritos the next time - we love them and go through them so fast!
Here is what you will need and how to make these in details
- 5 dozen eggs
- 1-2 packages Tortilla Land uncooked tortillas (you want about 60 tortillas)
- 6 bell peppers (2 orange, 2 red, 2 yellow)
- 1 bulk size MorningStar sausage patties (32 patties)
- Lots of shredded cheese
- Gallon size Ziploc bags and a Sharpie
- Bake the MorningStar sausage patties according to package directions. Then cut them up in to small pieces. I stack 4 patties on top of each other and use a serrated knife to cut through the whole stack at once to make little square pieces.
- Chop up your bell peppers in to small pieces while the sausage bakes.
- Put your eggs in to a big mixing bowl and mix them up. I did this a few times because not all my eggs would fit it one mixing bowl.
- Cook your eggs over a skillet on the stove until you scramble them. You can add salt and / or pepper if you would like but I didn't.
- Cook your tortillas over a skillet on the stove. You are only going to cook them for about 10 seconds, maybe 5 or 10 seconds on each side. I cooked mine over medium heat. You don't want them to cook all the way through, so right when they start to bubble flip them over, or even just before they are going to start to bubble. It is a fast process. There is a picture below to show you what the tortilla looks like when I flip mine over.
- Organize your ingredients in to a little assembly line.
- Assemble each burrito by starting with the tortilla, adding the eggs, sausage, bell peppers and cheese. Then fold up the burrito by tucking in both ends of the burrito instead of just one so it will stay closed. Then put it in to a Ziploc bag that has been labeled with the date you made the burritos. Putting a group of burritos in to one bag keeps them pushed together tightly so the tortillas don't open up.
- When you are ready to eat the burritos you can do one of two things. You can keep the entire bag frozen and then reheat them for 3 minutes at 50% power, or you can thaw one bag of burritos at a time and then reheat them for 1 1/2 minutes at 50% power.
That's it! I hope this strategy works for you!