Friday, September 05, 2008

Breakfast # 24: Breakfast Burrito

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Or what happens the morning after a Mexican dinner.

I’m sure no one is a stranger to having leftovers from the night before for the next day’s breakfast. Dinner recycling is quite common unless you are lucky enough to have someone make you breakfast a-fresh every morning (if you are that lucky perhaps you’d like to invite me over!). I try my best though...and you see the result of these efforts in the breakfast posts on this blog. The rest, sadly, do not often see the light here.

You see, it’s usually the pretty looking, delicious sounding, recipe-included dishes that make it to publication. If I included leftovers and those madcap creations I winged together last minute (although delicious as well) I would have a lot more posts. In reality, we don’t dine on a new dish, from a new recipe, every night. A lot of what graces our dining room table are meals put together quickly and with no specific recipe, or leftovers from a previous dinner. And I am not particularly excited about posting those (although some of those wing-it dishes are really good...they just have no recipe yet, so still undergoing more testing!).

Times are changing though. Food costs are going up. At the same time, more and more food is being wasted every day. Goodness knows I am guilty of that crime myself. So I’ve decided to post some of my leftover recycling :) This way, I challenge myself to find more means to use up my leftovers, reduce my food waste, and exchange ideas with all you brilliant people out there!

And the great thing about leftovers for breakfast? Everything is already prepared! You can throw this together in three minutes with your eyes still bleary from sleep!

We had a Mexican dinner the night before of chilli con carne, chicken fajitas, homemade salsa, and guacamole. C is a huge (HUGE) fan of Mexican food. Because of the sad lack of Mexican restaurants over here (a big mystery that), we try to have Mexican dinners at home every once in a while, and this was one of those nights. Reaching into the fridge for my yogurt the next morning I decided to gather the leftovers instead and stuff them into a tortilla wrapper with some egg for a yummy breakfast burrito!

Here’s what I did: Take one egg and lightly beat it. Pour into a hot, greased skillet and spread the egg out as thin as you can (like making a crepe). Flip when underside is done and lightly cook the other side. Lay egg on a tortilla wrapper. Pile on the goodies you had for your Mexican dinner last night. I used guacamole, chicken for the fajitas, salsa, grated cheese, and cilantro sprigs. Wrap it up. Enjoy!

Leftovers, just like the fashion from the 80’s and 90’s, are no longer garage sale fodder. They are hip little numbers sashaying their way across our closets and plates. Unlike 80’s fashion though, making leftovers new again helps our grocery bill and our environment! Need more inspiration? Just go over to that search box in my sidebar called Food Blog Search and type in “leftovers”...you will see what I mean :)

Some of my leftovers that did make it to posts:

  • Risotto Patty with Prosciutto and Egg and Pesto
  • Leftover Osso Buco Pasta
  • Not So English Breakfast
  • 19 comments:

    Gourmet Traveller said...

    Yum! You should go and visit Rosanne - they have a Mexican nanny and she makes fantastic breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros for breakfast with fresh salsa and guacamole! ;)

    G.T.

    Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

    Yummy! I'm a burrito addict, so I'm just drooling in front of your gorgeous creation!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    Manggy said...

    Wow! Just top mine off with enchilada sauce and more cheese (hmm... I'm watching my weight... Better hold the sour cream, lol) and I'm set!

    You're telling me re: mexican restaurants. The best in my opinion is Tia Maria's and it's under renovation at Megamall. The only other one I know (that ISN'T Nacho Fast) is Mexicali, and their food sucks!

    MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

    You've got a brilliant Breakfast Burrito there Joey! Delights me to know there are others who slap leftovers around and make beautiful 'real' meals like this one.

    Dhanggit said...

    Yum, you just gave me idea what can I cook for tonight's dinner!! This is delicious!

    Suzana said...

    Joey, this looks so so delicious! And a great way to use leftovers. Now you got me craving for burritos...

    Eileen said...

    Sounds great! I love leftovers for breakfast...

    Snobound said...

    Beautiful photo, splendid presentation, and a delightful (and tasty) way to use up your leftovers. Thanks for sharing!

    Jude said...

    When i read your subtitle I thought you were talking about something, um, umpleasant:)
    I leave leftovers specifically for breakfast. There's no better way to wake up your taste buds with something delcious from the night before!

    ChichaJo said...

    Hi GT! Oohlala! Lucky her! I have to plan a trip out there soon :)

    Hi Rosa! Thanks! We love burritos here too...just a bit of challenge to find a good one in the city...

    Hi Manggy! Hey, I don’t think you have to watch your weight! You have to try Zapatas...it’s in Angeles (Pampanga) but well worth the drive (and with NLEX being so nice it’s a pretty easy drive too)...the best Mexican restaurant I’ve found so far :)

    Hi Tanna! Definitely! We’ve got to make the most of our food...and with a little effort it can still be great the second time around :)

    Hi Dhanggit! Hope you enjoy it! :)

    Hi Suzana! You can even put other leftovers in tortilla wrappers and make all sorts of wraps!

    Hi Eileen! Me too :)

    Hi Snobound! Thank you for the nice comment :)

    Hi Jude! Hahahaha! I think I’m familiar with what you speak of...siiigh, what we endure for the food we love!

    Katelyn said...
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    Katelyn said...

    Oh yum, those look fabulous! What a great new & thrifty twist to Huevos Rancheros, I love it!

    www.katelynsfood.blogspot.com

    [eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

    I've been wanting to make breakfast burritos for a long time. This looks absolutely yummy!

    I just have to conquer the laziness in the morning. ;)

    Helen said...

    ooh, gorgeous! I would love to eat this for breakfast. I made huevos rancheros recently and we had a very similar wrap for our breakfast the next day. Soooo good.

    ChichaJo said...

    Hi Katelyn! Thanks :)

    Hi JS! We are all lazy in the morning...and these are perfect for that because, if they are leftovers, then everything should already be prepared :)

    Hi Helen! Wraps can really transform leftovers...and they taste just as good the second time around :)

    Tim said...

    Good Job! :)

    ChichaJo said...

    Thanks Tim! :)

    Amber Hayes said...

    I love the idea of using leftovers from a Mexican dinner the night before to make breakfast burritos. My husband and I always order the breakfast burrito when we are trying a new restaurant and we will definitely have to try this one. Thanks for the fun recipe and idea.

    ChichaJo said...

    Hi Amber! Hope you enjoy it! :)