Breakfast Burrito

I got this recipe from Harvesters’ Nutrition Department. This is a recipe that Jeremiah and I had originally planned to make for the week of the SNAP Challenge. We had to pass because it was too much for our budget. That’s too bad because they are healthy and super filling.

PicoHarvesters’ homemade pico de gallo
3 medium tomatoes, diced
2/3 c. cilantro, minced
½ small onion, diced
juice of 1 lime
1 jalapeno

Breakfast BurritoBreakfast Burrito
1 T. canola oil
1 medium bell pepper, diced
1 medium onion, diced
2 medium russet potatoes, diced
8 eggs, beaten
½ tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. black pepper
8 (10 inch) whole wheat lower sodium tortillas
1 c. low fat Cheddar cheese, shredded (4 oz.)

Mix all ingredients to make pico de gallo.

In a large skillet, heat oil. Add pepper, onion, and potatoes. Cook until potatoes are fork tender, about 8 minutes).

Spread potato mixture to the edge of the skillet and cook eggs in the middle.

Spread egg mixture into tortillas. Top with cheese and pico. Roll up like a burrito.

Nutritional Facts: 288 calories, 11 g. fat, 15 g. protein, 35 g. carbs, 6 g. fiber, and 193 mg. sodium.

Notes:

  • Nutrition says this recipe serves 8 at a cost of $1.35 per serving. I was able to make 12 burritos by using a smaller tortilla. Plus, we had a little pico de gallo left for homemade tortilla chips.
  • I omitted the jalapeno from the pico.
  • I froze some of the burritos. If you do this, please add more seasoning to your eggs/potato mixture.
  • We used a high fiber tortilla shell.

We Survived!

Friday was our last day of the SNAP Challenge. I am happy to report Jeremiah and I successfully completed it. You have no idea how happy this makes us but also how much we learned participating in Harvesters SNAP Challenge.

eggsFriday morning, Jeremiah and I had enough money left in our budget that we decided to make eggs. We cooked three eggs and split them between us. Plus, we each ate three pancakes. For the first time all week, our stomachs didn’t growl before lunch.

I also gave Jeremiah an extra piece of fruit in his lunch bag. I didn’t want him to have anymore side effects from malnourishment. He finished off the penne pasta for lunch. We both forgot our hummus though. Perhaps subconsciously, we just couldn’t eat anymore of it. Surprising, our zucchini and chips weren’t bad without it.

pizzaFor dinner, we got our Papa Murphy’s sausage pizza. It was the best pizza ever. No, it really wasn’t but we had been craving it all week. We each ate three slices since we didn’t have any cookies left.

After dinner, we decided to beat the snow shoppers and go grocery shopping. We are making Turkey Chili and Beer Bread – which were supposed to be on our menu this week but had to be cut because of cost. We are using the leftover sandwich bread to make crunchy French toast. We are also making Hamburger Casserole, Cheesy Potato Soup and Reese’s Krispie No-Bake cookies. The crazy thing is that when we got to the check-out, our bill was less than $45 and we weren’t even trying. Maybe we learned a few cost saving things this week. Additionally, we weren’t buying all the ingredients for these meals or are trying to make them stretch to 30 meals.

I did want to share a total breakdown of our week.

Daily Menu
Monday

B – 3 pancakes with butter and syrup

L – Tuna on white bread, homemade chips & zucchini with hummus, two cookies and a piece of fruit (I had a banana and Jeremiah had an orange)

D – Chicken penne pasta with salsa con queso, a slice of corn bread, and one cookie

I had five crackers as a snack. Jeremiah also had two cups of coffee.

Tuesday

B – Pancakes with butter and syrup (I had three and Jeremiah had four)

L – Tuna on white bread, homemade chips & zucchini with hummus, two cookies and a piece of fruit (I had a banana and Jeremiah had an orange)

D – Red Beans & Rice, a slice of corn bread, and one cookie

Jeremiah had two cups of coffee and five crackers for a snack.

Wednesday

B – 4 pancakes with butter and syrup

L – I had tuna on white bread, homemade chips & zucchini with hummus, two cookies and a banana. Jeremiah had red beans and rice, homemade chips & zucchini with hummus, two cookies, and an orange.

D – Chicken penne pasta with salsa con queso, a slice of corn bread, and two cookies

Jeremiah had two cups of coffee and five crackers for a snack.

Thursday

B – 4 pancakes with butter and syrup

L – I had tuna on white bread, homemade chips & zucchini with hummus, two cookies and a banana. Jeremiah had chicken penne pasta, two cookies, and a banana.

D – Red Beans & Rice, a slice of corn bread, five saltine crackers, and two cookie

Friday

B – 1 ½ eggs and 3 pancakes with butter and syrup

L – I had tuna on white bread, homemade chips & zucchini, two cookies and a banana. Jeremiah had chicken penne pasta and a banana.

D – Three slices of sausage pizza

I had five crackers for a snack. Jeremiah had two cups of coffee and an orange.

We drank water as our main beverage all week-long. Water is free!!!

Our Budget

  • Chicken penne pasta – $6.19 or $1.03 per serving (we ate all six servings)
  • Red Beans & Rice – $5.75 or $.82 per serving (we have two servings left)
  • Store brand K-cups – $3.99 or $.33 per serving (we have two cups left)
  • Tuna sandwiches – $2.33 or $.23 per serving – Tuna ($.98 for two cans), Bread ($.99 for loaf), Miracle Whip $.33, Mustard – $.03 (we have three servings of tuna and bread left)
  • Hummus with zucchini and homemade chips – $4.63 or $.46 per serving (Hummus – $2.18, chips, $1.83, and zucchini – $.62) Plus note: we did add a little more oil and Italian Seasoning so I would increase the cost of this to $5 or $.50 per serving (we have two servings of hummus left)
  • Cornbread prepared – $.80 or $.09 per serving (Jiffy corn bread – $.55, an egg – $.17, and milk $.08)
  • Cookies – $3.06 or $.09 per cookie
  • 3 lbs. of Bananas (7) – $1.36 or $.19 per banana
  • Oranges (4) – $1.33 or $.33 per orange
  • Crackers (154) – $1.34 or $.04 per serving (we ate only six servings)
  • One box of pancakes, a bottle of syrup, and butter – $2.72 or $.08 per pancake
  • Scrambled eggs – $.68 or $.34 per serving
  • Sausage pizza – $5 or $.63 per slice
  • Bag Ice (for water two evenings) – $.25

$39.80 + $3.48 in tax (please note that SNAP recipients do not have to pay tax though when they use their card) = $43.28 or $4.33 per person per day

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