I happen to know that all of the ingredients in these little burritos are easy to prepare, assemble and freeze beautifully (that means they reheat well, too). So, I decided to make a batch of my own and freeze them for quick breakfasts. I knew they would have fewer calories than McDonald's but I had no idea they would come out so good, be considerably lower in calories (and I'm sure fat & sodium, too but I didn't do the math on those elements) and be a larger, more satisfying portion (just one does it for me!).
So here's how I did it and they came out to be, approximately 280 calories** (remember, they're bigger than McDonald's version, so the calories really are a lot less than theirs). If you leave out the potatoes, which McDonald's version doesn't have and use non-fat cheese, which I always have on-hand for Cainan, then the calories go down to 220**, which means it's a breakfast even Cainan can partake in, upon occasion.
6 whole eggs
10 egg whites (Wondering what to do with 10 egg yolks? This site gives you some great ideas)
3 medium red potatoes, cooked* (optional)
1 cup of cooked sausage crumbles*
1/3 cup diced bell peppers*
16 slices of American cheese
16 10" flour tortillas
- Combine the whole eggs and egg whites. Beat until frothy. Add beaten eggs to large skillet and scramble over medium heat until soft set.
- Add sausage, bell peppers and cooked diced potatoes.* Continue to cook until eggs are done and remaining ingredients are warmed through. Remove from heat.
- To assemble the burritos, warm the tortillas in the microwave for a few seconds until they are pliable. On each tortilla, place a slice of American cheese and a 1/16th of the egg mixture. Fold the tortilla into a burrito. Wrap for the freezer.
*For potatoes, sausage and peppers:
- For the potatoes, I diced them into small chunks and microwaved them until tender. You could also use frozen hash browns like Richmoor Hash Browns O'Brien (Google Affiliate Ad)--just remember to adjust your calories accordingly.
- I used Jimmy Dean fully cooked frozen "Hearty Sausage Crumbles". I used half the bag, which ends up being 4.8 oz or about a cup. My calorie calculations are based on using this sausage.
- When bell peppers go on sale, I buy a bunch, dice them and stick them in the freezer. They're great to add to eggs, pizzas and other recipes that call for diced peppers.
**All calorie calculations are approximate. I calculate calories by adding the total calories for each ingredient together and dividing by the number of servings the recipe makes.