Homemade Grilled Breakfast Burrito

Homemade Grilled Breakfast Burrito

Now that life seems to be getting back to normal, or as they say our “new normal”, I find that we’re getting out more.  With summer vacation in full swing the grandkids and I have been busy doing outdoor things; and we try to get out early enough to beat the crowds!  So this means breakfast isn’t the huge meals we’ve been making during the past year’s lock downs.  This is a good thing!  It’s practice for school day breakfasts, something that seems to be in our distant past.  Now since breakfast is the best way to start your day it shouldn’t be skipped, but a bowl of cereal or a pop tart don’t exactly rank high on my list.  That’s why these Grilled Breakfast Burritos have become a big hit at our house!

These breakfast burritos pretty much have all the things one would consider breakfast food; eggs and potatoes.  I make mine meatless, but you can easily add sausage or bacon if you like.  The best thing about these burritos are that they can be made ahead of time and frozen.  Just heat them  up when you need them.  They can also be eaten on the go which makes them very convenient, specially when you’re running late on a school day!

Of course if you want to be fancy you can plate them and top them with your favorite condiments.  I love mine with sour cream, salsa, and a creamy lime cilantro sauce I find at Costco.  I also use low carb tortillas but you can use whatever flour tortilla you prefer.

Here’s my recipe for Homemade Grilled Breakfast Burritos!  Mix up a big batch today!

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Grilled Breakfast Burrito

Ingredients:

6 Medium Yukon Gold Potatoes (you can use any type of potato).  Scrubbed and cubed, leave skin on.

1 Small Onion, chopped

3 Cloves Garlic, minced

1 Green Pepper, diced

2 Tbs. Olive Oil

1 Tbs. Chili Powder

1 Tsp. Ground Cumin

6 Eggs, Beaten

1 Tbs. Butter

1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese

12 Flour Tortillas

Optional toppings:

Sour Cream

Salsa

Creamy Cilantro Lime Sauce

Hot sauce

Directions:

Heat Olive Oil in skillet.

Sauté Onions until they turn translucent.

Add Garlic and cook about a minute.

Add potatoes and cook until tender.  Be sure to keep stirring so they don’t burn.

When potatoes are almost done add peppers.

Sprinkle in spices and cook until everything is done.  Set Aside.

Melt Butter in a skillet and scramble the eggs.  Set Aside.

Assemble:

Place one tortilla on a flat surface.

Spoon some potato mixture across the center.

Add scrambled eggs over the potatoes.

Sprinkle cheese over all.

Roll burrito.  Repeat until you’ve used all the fillings.

Spray a pan or griddle with cooking spray and heat up.

Place burritos in the pan and cook until the cheese melts.

Serve with with your favorite toppings.

To Freeze:

Place burritos in a large freezer bag.

Date and seal bag.

It will be fine in the freezer for about a month.

When ready to use you can thaw it out and grill on the stove or if you’re in a rush wrap a burrito in a slightly damp paper towel and microwave on high for about 2 minutes or until it’s heated.

 


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  1. Heat Olive Oil in skillet.
  2. Sauté Onions until they turn translucent.
  3. Add Garlic and cook about a minute.
  4. Add potatoes and cook until tender.  Be sure to keep stirring so they don't burn.
  5. When potatoes are almost done add peppers.
  6. Sprinkle in spices and cook until everything is done.  Set Aside.
  7. Melt Butter in a skillet and scramble the eggs.  Set Aside.
  8. Assemble:
  9. Place one tortilla on a flat surface.  
  10. Spoon some potato mixture across the center. 
  11. Add scrambled eggs over the potatoes.
  12. Sprinkle cheese over all.
  13. Roll burrito.  Repeat until you've used all the fillings.
  14. Spray a pan or griddle with cooking spray and heat up.
  15. Place burritos in the pan and cook until the cheese melts. 
  16. Serve with with your favorite toppings.
Recipe Notes

To Freeze: Place burritos in a large freezer bag.   Date and seal bag.  It will be fine in the freezer for about a month.  When ready to use you can thaw it out and grill on the stove or if you're in a rush wrap a burrito in a slightly damp paper towel and microwave on high for about 2 minutes or until it's heated.

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Baking Sheet Quesadilla

Baking Sheet Quesadilla

In our family we all love quesadillas.  My grandkids would eat it everyday!  I mean what’s not to love?  It’s crunchy on the outside and gooey cheese on the inside.  Not to mention you can garnish it with guacamole, pico de gallo, salsa, cheese, sour cream, or whatever your heart desires.

But have you ever tried making quesadillas for the entire family?  I know it’s pretty easy, just like making a grilled cheese sandwich.  But even grilled cheese sandwiches take time to make and someone, usually me, always ends  up eating last.  So if you’re aiming for a family meal together grilled cheese sandwiches and individual quesadillas are probably not the way to go.

That’s why I love Baking Sheet Quesadillas.  It’s easy, delicious, can be put together in advance, and best of all the whole family can share the meal together!

Really you can stuff this quesadilla with just about anything you want then pop it in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes and you’re done.  But one of my favorite stuffing is taco meat and cheese, you can’t go wrong with that combination!

I usually make my taco filling without packaged taco seasoning, but you can definitely use a packet when making yours.  I use ground beef, but it can be made with ground turkey or chicken or ground impossible meat for a plant based option.

Here’s my recipe, feel free to adapt it to your tastes!  By the way you will need 2 baking sheets each about 1″ deep with sides to make this recipe. I use 11×9 baking sheets because I bake it in my Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer, but you can use a larger sheet and bake it in your regular oven.

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Baking Sheet Quesadilla

Ingredients:

1 Tbs. Olive Oil

1 lb. ground beef (or the meat of your choice)

1 Tbs. Onion Powder

1 1/2 Tbs. Garlic Powder

1/2 Tbs. Ground Cumin

2 Tbs. Chili Powder

1 Bunch Fresh Cilantro chopped

1 Package Flour Tortillas

1 Cup Shredded Cheddar and Jack Cheese Mix

1/2 cup Salsa

Cooking Spray (I use avocado oil)

Toppings: Cilantro, Sour Cream, Guacamole, Salsa, Shredded Cheese, etc. (all optional)

Directions:

Heat Olive Oil in a skillet.

Add Ground meat and cook until it starts to brown.

Add powdered spices and mix well.

Cook until meat is crumbly.

Stir in 1/2 of the chopped cilantro.

Set aside.

Spray 1 baking sheet with cooking spray

Arrange 1 layer of tortillas on the sheet – they must over lap and half of each tortilla must hang over the sides of the sheet.  Place tortillas in the middle so that the bottom of the sheet is completely covered.

Evenly spread taco meat over the tortilla layer.

Sprinkle shredded cheese over meat.

Spread salsa over all.

Fold the hanging portions of tortillas over the filling using more tortillas to cover the middle.  Make sure there are no gaps or holes on the top.

Place second baking sheet over the tortillas with the bottom of the pan directly on top of the folded tortillas.

Bake in a pre-heated 425° oven for 20-30 minutes or until the tortillas are brown and crispy.  Do not burn.

Remove from oven and cut into squares.

Serve hot with toppings so everyone can top it with their favorites.

 


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  1. Heat Olive Oil in a skillet.
  2. Add Ground meat and cook until it starts to brown.
  3. Add powdered spices and mix well.
  4. Cook until meat is crumbly.
  5. Stir in 1/2 of the chopped cilantro.
  6. Set aside.
  7. Spray 1 baking sheet with cooking spray
  8. Arrange 1 layer of tortillas on the sheet - they must over lap and half of each tortilla must hang over the sides of the sheet.  Place tortillas in the middle so that the bottom of the sheet is completely covered.
  9. Evenly spread taco meat over the tortilla layer.
  10. Sprinkle shredded cheese over meat. 
  11. Spread salsa over all. 
  12. Fold the hanging portions of tortillas over the filling using more tortillas to cover the middle.  Make sure there are no gaps or holes on the top.  
  13. Place second baking sheet over the tortillas with the bottom of the pan directly on top of the folded tortillas.  
  14. Bake in a pre-heated 425° oven for 20-30 minutes or until the tortillas are brown and crispy.  Do not burn.
  15. Remove from oven and cut into squares. 
  16. Serve hot with toppings so everyone can top it with their favorites. 
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Left Over Turkey Enchilada Bake

Left Over Turkey Enchilada Bake

Turkey Enchilada Bake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m sure today you’ve had your fill of turkey.  If you’re like me you don’t want to see another turkey, much less eat it, for months (probably until next Thanksgiving!).  But like me you more than likely have lots of leftover turkey.  Okay, maybe you’d like to repeat last night’s Thanksgiving dinner just one more time, but I’m sure by the weekend you’ll desperately trying to figure out what to do with the rest of the turkey.

Don’t toss it!  Sure you can make turkey sandwiches, and soups, but here’s a way to turn that leftover Thanksgiving turkey into something that doesn’t even remind you of the meal you stuffed yourself with on Thanksgiving.  I make this yummy Turkey Enchilada Bake.  It’s delicious and keto friendly too, just in case you’ve decided to start that Keto Diet after the holiday.  In fact you’ll love it so much you’ll probably make it through out the year without using leftover turkey!

This recipe uses my homemade Enchilada Sauce, so if you don’t already have some in the fridge you can make some now.  It’s super easy to make and will take you less than half an hour.  Believe me it’s worth it! Click here for my Enchilada Sauce recipe. 

Turkey Enchilada Bake

Ingredients:

2 Cups shredded leftover Thanksgiving Turkey or freshly cooked turkey cut into strips

1 Tbs Olive Oil

1 Tbs Minced Garlic

1 Tbs Chili Powder

8 Flour or Low Carb Flour Tortillas (use low carb for keto friendly dish)

2 Cups Homemade Enchilada Sauce – click here for recipe

2 Cups Shredded Cheddar/Jack Cheese Mix

1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro Chopped

Sour Cream (Optional)

Directions:

Heat oven to 350

Spray a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray

Heat Olive Oil in saute pan and add garlic, saute until golden

Add Turkey meat

Stir in spices and cook until warmed thru

Spread a tablespoonful of sauce down the center of a tortilla

Spoon 1/8 of the turkey mixture on top of the sauce

Sprinkle with  1 tbs cheese and roll the tortilla eggroll style leaving ends open

Place seam side down in prepared baking pan

Repeat with the remaining tortillas

Spread remaining Enchilada Sauce over the enchilada in the baking pan

Sprinkle remaining cheese over all

Bake in the oven fore about 20-25 minutes or until cheese has melted

Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped cilantro before serving.

Serve with sour cream if desired.

 

 

 

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Servings: People
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  1. Heat oven to 350 Spray a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray
  2. Heat Olive Oil in saute pan and add garlic, saute until golden
  3. Add Turkey meat Stir in spices and cook until warmed thru
  4. Spread a tablespoonful of sauce down the center of a tortilla
  5. Spoon 1/8 of the turkey mixture on top of the sauce
  6. Sprinkle with 1 tbs cheese and roll the tortilla eggroll style leaving ends open
  7. Place seam side down in prepared baking pan Repeat with the remaining tortillas
  8. Spread remaining Enchilada Sauce over the enchilada in the baking pan
  9. Sprinkle remaining cheese over all
  10. Bake in the oven fore about 20-25 minutes or until cheese has melted
  11. Remove from oven and sprinkle with cilantro before serving
  12. Serve with sour cream if desired
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Easy Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Easy Homemade Enchilada Sauce

I love Mexican food but Enchiladas were never one of my favorites.  I tried to love it, but something about it just wasn’t working for me.  It took me a while, but I finally realized what wasn’t working was the canned Enchilada Sauces I found at the grocery store.

Sure there are several brands out there, in fact it got quite confusing.  But no matter which sauce I bought it simply didn’t taste good to me or for that matter the rest of the family didn’t find them that great either.  They much preferred the Enchilada Sauce they would order from the Mexican restaurant.  There aren’t that many really good Mexican restaurants in Honolulu so I had to find a way to make homemade Enchiladas just as good as the ones we found at the few restaurants we like.  And since we didn’t care for the canned sauce then clearly the only option was homemade sauce.

So I started trying to figure out just how to make Enchilada Sauce and the first thing I learned is that there are not tomatoes in any way shape or form in Enchilada Sauce.  I  was surprised and so was everyone in the family!  That’s right no tomatoes in Enchilada Sauce!  Of course I’m talking about the RED Enchilada Sauce, I’ve yet to make the green variety.  But I will and once I get it right I’ll share that too!

So what’s in Enchilada Sauce you ask?  Chicken or Veggie Stock (the veggie stock is great if you want a vegan version), Roux, and spices.  That’s it!  And to make it even better it’s super easy to make, it takes less than half an hour!  I make a pot of it and store the sauce in jars in the fridge.  The longer it sits in the fridge the better the sauce tastes.  So now my fridge is always stocked with homemade Enchilada Sauce along with my  Marinara Sauce!  I spend a morning once a month to re-stock, that way I’ll always have my favorite 2 sauces on hand.

You can use this Enchilada Sauce on anything you want.  Pour it over your favorite meats and roll in tortillas for delicious enchiladas or use it in a casserole.  I use it on my Keto friendly Chicken or Steak Enchiladas, they come out great.  Whatever you use it on it will turn out delicious!

Enchilada Sauce

Ingredients:

4 Tbs. Olive Oil

1/4 Cup Flour

1/2 Cup Chili Powder

1 Tbs. Garlic Powder

1 Tbs. Cumin Powder

1 Tbs. Dried Oregano

1 Quart Chicken or Vegetable Stock

Salt to taste

Directions:

Heat Olive Oil in a medium saucepan

Whisk in flour to make a blond roux, be careful not to burn the flour

Whisk in the spices except the salt

Slowly pour in the stock while whisking to blend the spices and roux in to it

Add salt to taste

Simmer for about 10 minutes or until slightly thickened

Use with your favorite meats or veggies or pour into jars and store in the fridge.

This recipe will make enough to fill 1 quart jar and almost 1 pint jar.  If storing sauce pour into jars and cool before covering with a tight lid and placing in the fridge.

 

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5 Pints 20 Minutes
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Servings: Pints
Instructions
  1. Heat Olive Oil in a medium saucepan
  2. Whisk in flour to make a blond roux, be careful not to burn the flour
  3. Whisk in the spices except the salt
  4. Slowly pour in the stock while whisking to blend the spices and roux in to it
  5. Add salt to taste
  6. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until slightly thickened
  7. Use with your favorite meats or veggies or pour into jars and store in the fridge.
Recipe Notes

This recipe will make about 5 pints.  That's enough to fill 1 Quart size jar and almost 1 pint size jar.  Cool before covering tightly and storing in the fridge.

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Delicious Homemade South West Egg Rolls

Delicious Homemade South West Egg Rolls

South West or Tex Mex Egg Rolls are featured appetizers at many well known restaurant chains.  It’s one of my favorites at Chili’s and Cheesecake Factory where I order them all every time we choose to dine at one of them.  I know they’re considered appetizers but most of the time I order them as my main course, that way I  get a whole plate of them to myself!

I’ve actually seen them frozen and ready to fry at several grocery stores.  They’re marketed as the “original” Chili’s or Cheesecake Factory Egg Rolls.  They also carry a hefty price tag which I’m not willing to pay for something I still have to fry!

But I can definitely make these yummy crunchy rolls of Tex Mex goodness at home.  It’s super easy!  I usually make a big batch and freeze some for later, they freeze very well.

Now there are 2 versions of this Egg Roll, one uses actual Egg Roll wrapper usually found at any Asian Market, and the other rolls the filling in flour tortillas.  The former makes for a delicate crispy egg roll as the wrapper is a thin pastry just like the egg rolls you’ll find at most Asian restaurants.  The latter has a different look and crunch as the tortilla is a much thicker wrapper.  Either way they’re delicious!

I use the frozen grilled chicken strips to make my egg rolls, but you can make your one cooked chicken to use in this recipe.  This recipe makes a large pot, whatever I don’t roll into egg rolls I make into bowls by serving it over a bowl of Mexican Rice and Refried Beans.

To freeze roll the filling in egg roll wrapper or tortillas and place in freezer bags.  Label and freeze for up to 3 months.

These egg rolls are delicious dipped in a Creamy Avocado Sauce or topped with Pico De Gallo.  The recipe for the sauce is included at the bottom of the egg roll recipe.

South West Egg Rolls

Ingredients:

1 Tsp. Olive Oil

1 Pkg. Frozen Grilled Chicken Strips, thawed and diced

1/2 Onion, diced

2 Tbs. Minced Garlic

1 Green Bell Pepper, diced

1 Tomato, diced and patted dry with paper towel.

1 Can Black Beans, drained

1 Can Corn Kernels, drained

1 – 2 Tbs. Cumin, adjust to taste

1 – 2 Tbs. Chili Powder, adjust to taste

1 Tbs. Salt

1 Bunch Fresh Cilantro, coarsely chopped

1 Cup Shredded Cheddar/Jack Cheese

1 Pkg. Frozen Egg Roll Wrappers or 8″ Flour Tortillas

Oil for frying

Directions:

Heat Olive Oil in large pan.

Saute onions about 1 minute or until they start to turn translucent.

Add garlic and continue to saute.

Add peppers and cook until peppers start to get a bit soft.

Add Chicken, beans, and corn.

Add in Cumin, Chili Powder, and Salt.  Mix until well combined.

Add Tomatoes and cook until any liquid in the pan starts to thicken.

Add Cilantro and cook until it starts to wilt.

Remove from heat and stir in cheese until it melts.

Set aside and prepare your wrappers.

Place a heaping tablespoon in the center of your wrapper and spread into a line across.

Roll the filling in the wrapper burrito style.

Heat about 2″ of oil in a frying pan or use a deep fryer if you have one.

Fry rolls in oil until golden brown.

Cut each roll in half diagonally and serve hot with Avocado Dipping Sauce.

Creamy Avocado Dipping Sauce

Ingredients:

1 Cup Whipped Cream Cheese

1/2 Cup Sour Cream

1 Bunch Fresh Cilantro finely chopped

1 Ripe Avocado mashed

1/2 Tsp. Garlic Powder

1/4 Tsp. Chili Powder

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to serve.


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