I don't specifically remember the first burrito I ate, but I do have a vague memory of it being late at night, at a 7-11 and at a time when I was not in a responsible decision-making state. And I do recall swearing that I'd never eat another one again as long as I shall live. And for many years I stayed true to that vow.
That was, until I had a crazy delicious and healthy breakfast burrito at a cafe in Kimberley, B.C.. That experience was enough to inspire me to make my own Healthy Vegetarian Mediterranean Breakfast Burrito (WW friendly and only 5 points on the blue plan.)
However, unlike the cafe breakfast burrito, I added Mediterranean flavors to scrambled eggs:
- fresh spinach
- feta cheese
- sun-dried tomatoes
- sliced black olives
I also added re-fried beans, then wrapped them all up in sun-dried tomato tortillas. If you are like me and have always wondered if re-fried beans are actually healthy, then read on!
Are Refried Beans Healthy?
Although refried beans don't sound all that healthy, they can be part of a very healthy diet. The typical canned brand I buy (Old El Paso or something similar), has only 90 calories, .5g fat and 6 g fibre and 6 g of protein per ½ cup. Rich in complex carbohydrates, protein, potassium, iron, magnesium and folate, refried beans provide both insoluble and soluble fiber, both of which play important roles in your digestion and absorption of food. For vegetarians and people who are trying to cut back on red meat, refried beans provide both protein and iron. Refried beans are also a good source of potassium, an electrolyte that helps maintain normal blood pressure. So, relatively speaking, I'd say they are pretty healthy for canned food! You can read more about the health benefits of refried beans here.
In addition to trying to feed my kids a healthy breakfast on busy weekday mornings, one of the biggest challenges I face is trying to come with a breakfast or brunch potluck idea for work. I am busy, so I need something I can make ahead and freeze. But there aren't many options out there! Enter make-ahead, freezable healthy breakfast burritos....
🌡️🌯How to freeze breakfast burritos
These easy, tasty and healthy vegetarian Greek breakfast burritos solve both these problems, as they can easily be made ahead, then frozen.
This make-ahead and healthy breakfast burrito is the perfect Mediterranean diet recipe, packed with protein, low in fat, and freezable for those busy back to school mornings to be. And it's an easy brunch or breakfast potluck idea. I love make-ahead breakfast recipes in general. So, if you are looking for a quick (made in 20 minutes), easy and healthy make-ahead and freezable breakfast option or back to school, give these meatless Mediterranean diet breakfast burritos a try!
Healthy Mediterranean Breakfast Burrito Recipe
Garnish: salsa (optional)
- Spray medium frying pan with non- stick spray. Scramble eggs and toss for about 5 minutes, or until eggs are no longer liquid. Add spinach, black olives, sun-dried tomatoes and continue to stir/toss until no longer wet. Add feta cheese and cover until cheese is melted.
- Add 2 tbsp of refried beans to each tortilla. Top with egg mixture, dividing evenly between all burritos. Wrap as shown in video.
- Grill on panini press (this is what I use but you don't have to have one) or in frying pan until lightly browned.
- Serve hot with salsa and fruit (optional)
- If freezing: wait until cooled, then wrap as directed in video.
- If you are reheating: Heat in microwave (in parchment paper) for about 2 minutes. Serve hot.
This post is part of The Country Cook's Weekend Potluck