Monika’s Molecular Meals: 10-Minute Easy Keto Breakfast “Burrito”

By Monika Knapp | 3 March 2021 2921 views
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This Keto Breakfast Burrito Is Quick & Easy… Not To Mention Delicious!

Monika's Molecular Meals: 10-Minute Easy Keto Breakfast "Burrito"

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I’d like to get one thing out of the way:

A proper Mexican burrito this is not.

There’s no warm corn tortilla…

No orange-tinted meat flecked with onion, pepper, and scented with cumin…

And beans?

Forget it.

So if you were hoping for an authentic Mexican burrito here, I apologize. BUT don’t leave too quickly…

Because there IS salsa, there IS cheese, and of COURSE, there is avocado.

It is keto.

It is delicious.

And it is very easy to make.

I don’t mean easy for someone who cooks often and knows their way around a kitchen either I mean easy even for the person who uses their oven as clothing storage.

And that’s because this recipe relies on some high-quality, store-bought ingredients that won’t break the bank… but will save you a ton of time.

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As someone who has gone to the trouble of making homemade tortillas, salsas, and a variety of slow-cooked burrito fillings (which take hours)… making these keto burritos almost feels like “cheating.”

But isn’t that the whole point? 🙂

With this recipe, you get to enjoy not only the feel but also the flavor of a real burrito and still keep doing your keto thing.

The best part is you can eat this burrito in the car, on the train, or standing over your kitchen sink without making a mess, so it’s perfect if you’ve got a busy schedule or are always on the go!

Ready to get started?

Here’s how it works:

Monika's Molecular Meals: 10-Minute Easy Keto Breakfast "Burrito"

FTH’s 10-Minute Easy Keto Breakfast Burrito

Equipment Needed: Whisk, nonstick pan, spatula, (optional) plastic fork

Recipe Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 1-2, depending on appetite

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 eggs, depending on preference and pan size (see Recipe Notes)
  • 1 heaping Tbsp Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated
  • 2 tsp cream cheese, mayonnaise, or keto-friendly store-bought dip (garlic artichoke would work well here, for example)
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 ripe avocado, lightly mashed
  • 1/4 cup keto-friendly store-bought salsa, the fresher the better (plus more for serving if desired)
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 Tbsp sauerkraut (optional but recommended see Recipe Notes)
  • 2 slices smoked salmon, Canadian bacon, or keto-friendly meat of choice (if using)
  • Chopped fresh herbs of choice, such as cilantro, scallions, or parsley
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Directions:

1) Make your “tortilla.”

Crack the egg (or eggs) into a bowl, and whisk together with the Parm, creamy dip of choice, and about 1 Tbsp of chopped fresh herbs. 

Melt the butter in a small nonstick pan over medium-low heat. When the butter is foaming, add in the egg mixture, plus salt and pepper to taste.

(Note: Do not add salt until you pour the eggs into the pan, or your eggs may not look as yellow.)

Agitate the mixture with a plastic fork (preferable) or spatula until it starts to cook a little and come together at the bottom in places. This can take anywhere from 1-3 minutes depending on your stove and the size of pan you use.

Once it’s cooking, let it continue to cook until it looks almost cooked on top (a little bit of liquid is OK it will continue to cook off of the heat), then turn the heat off, and very carefully slide your “tortilla” onto a paper towel-lined plate.

Let cool while you tackle the rest:

2) Doctor up that store-bought salsa.

I almost never buy store-bought salsa, but when I do, I usually end up adding fresh ingredients to make it taste better. 

This is what you’re going to do here.

In a small bowl, combine your salsa of choice (a red tomato-based salsa would work well I like Desert Pepper brand) with the lime juice, cumin, and sauerkraut. Add salt if needed.

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3) Roll everything up into a burrito!

If you’re using smoked salmon, have that ready to go. If you’re using meat that needs cooking, go ahead and cook that. 

(The whole point of this recipe is that it’s easy, so smoked salmon or some other meat that doesn’t need cooking like a cured chorizo would be the easiest choice here.)

Season the mashed avocado with salt and pepper. Transfer the “tortilla” to a plate if eating at home, or position the bottom half on a paper towel if taking it to go.

Spread the avocado in a thick line about one-third of the way toward the center of the tortilla, then top with the salmon (if using), followed by the salsa.

Add more chopped herbs if you have them on hand, then roll up your burrito, starting with the edge closest to the line of food. This should allow you to get the tightest and cleanest roll without anything spilling out.

If you’re eating it on a plate, top with more salsa and if you’re taking it to go, you can add a dash or two of hot sauce for more flavor (without the mess).

Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Depending on your appetite in the morning and the size of the pan you have, you may not want to use 2 eggs for this recipe. In a small pan, the egg mixture made with two eggs can seem more like an omelette than a tortilla. So if you prefer a higher ratio of fresh ingredients, use just one egg.
  • Sauerkraut might not sound traditionally “Mexican,” but did you know that cabbage is used in a LOT of Mexican recipes? In fact, many restaurants in Mexico leave out giant jars of cabbage and other veggies on the tables so the cabbage ferments naturally and takes on a flavor very similar to sauerkraut. This burrito is paying homage to that. (Plus, even if you hate sauerkraut, it doesn’t come through strongly in the finished product.)
Monika's Molecular Meals: 10-Minute Easy Keto Breakfast "Burrito"

5 Variations So You Can Eat A New & Tasty Keto Breakfast Burrito Every Day Of The Week…

Obviously, if you eat the same thing every day… you’re probably going to get a little sick of it.

And when you’re on a diet like keto, that’s a dangerous thing! Boredom often leads to taking shortcuts that sabotage your weight loss… or even falling off the “diet wagon” entirely.

To help you avoid that, I have some variations for this recipe that will give you the variety you need. And they’re all healthy and slimming!

So here are some other filling options you can try that take about the same amount of effort, but deliver big on flavor:

1) Mash the avocado with cilantro, lime juice, and about 1 Tbsp of chopped red onion, then top with two slices of bacon for a take on a bacon, egg, and cheese…

2) Saute some spinach with a little goat cheese, then top with roasted red peppers for a fresh vegetarian take…

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3) For an easy but highly flavorful burrito, layer kimchi and avocado in the tortilla and roll it up – just make sure the kimchi is probiotic!

4) If you like Greek food, try combining Greek yogurt tzatziki with chopped tomato, red onion, cucumber, and sauteed ground lamb…

5) And for a more authentic take, saute chorizo in a pan, then top with oaxaca cheese (it’s a stringy Mexican cheese cotija would also work), sliced avocado, cilantro, and chopped onion.

The key is to combine ingredients that have the right flavors and textures going on.

So if you have an idea of your own for customizing this recipe with your own favorite flavors… go for it! Experimentation is how I’ve found some of my favorite recipes.

Here’s a simple template you can follow whenever you’re in the mood to make this recipe your own:

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When you’re making a meal in the kitchen whether it’s a keto burrito or not there are 3 things you need to really make your tastebuds sing and your belly happy:

1) Something crunchy

2) Something fresh

3) The right balance of flavors and nutrients

That last one is especially true if you’re doing keto… because it really doesn’t take much to throw your system out of ketosis (fat-burning mode) and back into “weight-gaining” mode.

So for the keto burrito, we’ve got the crunch from the sauerkraut… freshness from the herbs… and as far as flavors go, there’s a balance of sweet (tomatoes), sour (lime), salty (salt, duh lol), bitter (cumin), and umami/savory (sauerkraut).

There’s also an AMAZING balance of nutrients too, because sauerkraut if it’s probiotic is loaded with the kind of beneficial bacteria that can help with so many things:

(I don’t know about you, but this list of benefits makes me want to add probiotic foods to just about every meal! Hello, smaller waistline!)

So if you’re doing keto, or just watching your weight in general, it often helps to eat as many foods as possible with these specific probiotic nutrients:

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[Note: This post was updated by Fit Trim Happy on November 24, 2019.]