Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Breakfast Burritos - YUM!

This morning started rocky. Lots of pain. I'm sure it was from the therapy yesterday, along with the "massage" to break up forming scar tissue. I thought I might have to take a vicodin, but ice did the trick. While I'm stuck on my rear with my leg elevated, I am able to get some work done, though I kind of dread doing my exercises, lol. But... do them, I will. Along with that "massage". I'm able to go up the stairs normally (somewhat, lol), but going down is another story. I still can't quite manage the down-step. 

I've been busy planning our Christmas food. While Christmas Eve (Bill & the kids' annual poker party, lol) is fraught with nasty processed junk, I try very hard to simply turn away and not think about it. Come Christmas morning though, I'm back in charge :-)   We're having Ebelskievers (stuffed pancakes) and breakfast burritos. The ebelskievers are these tiny little pancake balls with goodies inside, then drizzled with frosting. Actually there's a million different ways to make them, but the cinnamon-bun style is my family's favorite. I use whole grain naturally white flour and sucanat to prepare, so while they're still a once-a-year treat, they are clean. The breakfast burritos, I discovered when going over my traditional recipe, are also clean! Huh! Again, these are an item I prepare once a year, but even so, they are clean.  The nice thing about burritos is you can put pretty much anything you want in them!

Here's my Breakfast Burrito recipe:

   12 flour tortillas (either make your own, or purchase the cleanest you can find)
   12-24 pieces of thin sliced bacon (I get it from the Whole Foods butcher counter, it's uncured, so there's no nitrates/sulfates/preservatives/additives. It's clean)
   1 can black beans, drained and mashed
   1 can diced green chilies
   2 large potatoes, diced and cooked (you can microwave, bake, grill, or pan fry in EVOO or coconut oil or even real butter. I use butter)
   1 lb of ground beef (or bison or turkey) browned & seasoned with Mrs Dash Southwest Chipotle
   Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated
   Plain Greek Yogurt
   Salsa or Taco Sauce and/or Sriracha sauce
   12-18 eggs

Scramble the eggs & set aside.
Brown the beef & set aside.
Make the bacon and drain & set aside.
Make the potatoes & set aside.

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 13x9 pan (I use real butter, which is a MCFA-medium chain fatty acid and actually good for you!). 

In a large bowl, gently mix together the cooked potatoes, green chilies, cooked beef and the scrambled eggs.

Add about a tablespoon of mashed beans to each tortilla and spread it around. Add a scoop of the potato/egg/chili/beef mixture. Add 1-2 slices of cooked bacon. Add 1-2 tbsp of grated cheddar. Roll up and place in pan, seam-side down.  When all tortillas are filled, sprinkle a few more tbsp of cheddar over the top, then bake for about 20-30 minutes.
Serve with the greek yogurt (instead of sour cream), salsa, taco sauce etc. I like to mix a bit of Sriracha sauce with greek yogurt and drizzle that over the top.

Want a heartier burrito? Make a batch of spanish-style rice and add a tbsp or two of that to each burrito. You can also serve with guacamole or chopped avocado.
This dish can be prepared the night before & refrigerated until you're ready to pop it in the oven. Just bake until they're hot all the way through.

I'll be serving these alongside a crockpot full of apple cider & cinnamon sticks :-) 
Christmas dinner is somewhat potluck as our friends are all contributing to the meal. The kids will help me prepare a few dishes, and it's going to be an easy-going buffet style with an emphasis on enjoying our time together - good food, great company. This is a true treat day, so two deserts will be served which do not, nor will they ever, fall into the "clean" category, lol.  My apple pie (see the recipe page) with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream, and the cheesecake I make (once a year) that my friends and family demand. This thing is a beast. It takes two days to make. It contains a ton of white chocolate, raspberry jam, fudge, cream cheese.... No, it's not by any stretch clean.  A serving is a tiny little sliver, because that's all you can handle. Seriously. It's decadent, and once a year, it's a spectacular treat. 

Why do I keep saying "once a year"? Because I really want to emphasize that there's nothing wrong with enjoying holiday treats. You're in control. You're always in control. You CAN enjoy, guiltlessly, seasonal treats and still stay on track. Eat clean, exercise, and enjoy the season.  You can have a cookie or two. You can have a brownie, or serving of cheesy mashed potatoes, stuffing, whatever. It's one meal, once a year. Send leftovers home with family and friends. Or if you keep some for your family, leave it to them. Enjoy your treats, but don't make them your lifestyle. You've established, or are establishing, a healthy relationship with food. Keep it. You're in control.

Ok, food lecture over. Time for the pain. Lol. I'm off to do my exercises.

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