Microwave Monday: Breakfast Burrito

By Lauren Sharkey

There never seem to be enough hours in the day.  But when it comes to morning, it seems that time is actually moving five times faster.  I am so focused with doing everything I need to do to get to class on time, that breakfast is the last thing on my mind.  Thankfully, this breakfast burrito is easy to make, and is done in the amount of time it takes to brush my teeth!

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 flour tortilla (approx. 6 inches wide)
1 egg
1 tablespoon of cheese
1 tablespoon of salsa

Directions:

1.  Place a paper towel into a microwave-safe bowl, and place tortilla into the bowl, on top of paper towel.  Break egg in the middle of the bowl and beat lightly with a fork.  (If you think you might tear the tortilla, feel free to break and beat egg in a cup and pour into the tortilla)

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2.  Microwave for 30 seconds, until egg is set.  You might need to microwave for an additional 30 seconds, checking on it every ten seconds to see if the egg has cooked.

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3.  Remove tortilla, with paper towel, from the bowl and lay flat.  Top with cheese and salsa, fold, and get to class!

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For a healthier version of this dish, use a whole wheat tortilla, egg whites, low-fat or skim cheese, and low sodium salsa!

Cost Breakdown:

Tortillas:  $2.50
Eggs:  .29¢
Cheese:  $3.19
Salsa:  $3.49

All right, Seawolves, you know the drill – let’s take this piece by piece.  The total cost of your groceries is about $11 – including tax and assuming you keep eggs in your refrigerator.  However, there are 32 servings of salsa in a standard 15 oz. jar, meaning each serving only costs you about 10¢.  Similarly, there are 8 servings in a standard bag of shredded cheese putting the one serving we used for this recipe at .39¢.  And, at ten tortillas a bag, the cost of a single tortilla is a quarter.

So, this breakfast burrito actually cost you $1.03!

Not to mention, cheese and salsa are great to keep in your fridge (throw both on top of some chips, pop it in the microwave and you’ve got nachos!) and the tortillas come in handy for next week’s recipe: Quesadillas!

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