Sunday, April 7, 2013

San Francisco Special Breakfast Burritos and a Ton of Tips for Budget #SundaySupper


For some, eating on a budget means pantries lined with ramen noodles, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or Frosted Flakes for dinner.

But for me, it means eating all the things I love like fresh fruits and roasted vegetables, beautiful meats, artisan cheeses and wine.  Yes, even wine.

No coupon clipping.  No fast or frozen food.  Just smarter shopping, and a lot more of it.

This week's #SundaySupper, hosted by the lovely Lane from Supper for a Steal and Pam from Blueberries and Blessings is all about budget meals.  And this one is right up my alley.

So, I cook.  I cook every day.  And I don't do any of that semi-homemade stuff, but homemade beautiful and nutritious meals bought daily from farmers markets and the grocery store.

Daily?

Yes, daily.  I love to grocery shop, and not only is it a great break from working at home, not to mention what I call therapy (we'll talk about that another time), but it also saves me money.
T
hink about it.  How many times have you come home with a week's worth of groceries, only to find you're either too tired to cook, or what sounded good four days ago doesn't really fit your mood today?  Perfectly good food, and money down the drain- with likely even more money spent, as you drive away from that restaurant wondering where all your money went.

By shopping every day or two, you can keep smaller quantities of food that get used up quicker, plus keep a better handle on ingredients that can be reused for other dishes like fresh herbs, dairy products and leftover meats.

Another way to save is to shop by season.  Not only will you spend less, but your fruits, vegetables and herbs will taste better and last longer.  And forget about those precut options.  It may take you a few extra minutes to cut up a pineapple, slice those mushrooms, or make a few extra knife cuts to remove the skin and debone a chicken breast, but the saving is significant.

Buying in bulk is another tip, especially when it comes to produce that lasts, like potatoes, citrus and even apples.  Get creative, and plan meals that utilize similar ingredients in different ways.  Or try something new, like baked apples for breakfast.

And forget all those weekly circulars and opt for streamlined shopping.  By shopping more frequently, you can take advantage of savings at multiple stores.  I use one simple key ring to hold all of my grocery store savings cards. This makes it handy at checkout instead of digging through my wallet for the correct one.

Plus, each store has it's own unique perks.  One of my local stores even gives discounts at participating gas stations, just for entering in your card number.  By taking a few extra minutes and checking out your local grocery store websites, you'll be able to take advantage of all they have to offer, which means even more savings on your end.

Finally, for the ultimate in savings, check out this Grocery Circular Roundup site.  I love this site, as I can type in just about any ingredient and find out which stores in my area are offering it on sale.  This is especially great for fresh meat and produce
.
 So my contribution to this week's Sunday Supper?

I've been making this breakfast burrito for years, and not only is it very inexpensive to make, but it provides enough breakfasts for the week.  I make up the meat and egg mixture and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.  Simply wrap it up, heat it up and you're good to go.

A perfect, hearty, healthy and easy way to have a home cooked breakfast every day... on a budget!


San Francisco Special Breakfast Burritos

1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 stick of butter, melted
1 pound ground beef
1 medium tomato finely chopped
1 package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and well drained
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Sprinkle of red pepper flakes
8 eggs
Salt and Pepper to taste
Flour tortillas (I used spinach wraps and they were fabulous!)

Saute the onion in melted butter in a large skillet.  Once soft, add in ground beef and garlic and cook until browned over med-high heat.  Add in spinach, tomato and seasonings.  In a separate pan, scramble the eggs, and salt and pepper.  Then gently fold the scrambled eggs into the meat mixture.  Serve in tortillas.

*Note: This makes about 6 large burritos.  I store the meat mixture in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


Want more budget-friendly recipes? 

Starters, Soups, and Salads
Main
Sides
Drinks and Desserts

33 comments:

  1. I love all the herbs and seasonings you use in these burritos. I love to make breakfast burritos on the weekends. I will have to try yours they are much fancier than my bacon,egg, peppers, and cheese that I usually do :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Lane! I added the fresh nutmeg and red pepper flakes this time, and wow! Hope you enjoy this version ;-)

      Delete
  2. What a beautiful recipe! Looking forward to trying it! Beautiful styling on the photos.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much! It was fun to photograph, and eat. Already craving leftovers today!

      Delete
  3. YUM! Love all of the flavors in these burritos!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Jen! You could easily spice them up too ;-)

      Delete
  4. Your burritos couldn't be any more perfect! I love them and want one now!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you!!! It's a yummy one, and so versatile and simple to make ;-)

      Delete
  5. Sounds like a fantastic burrito :) Thank you for sharing.

    I also believe in bulk foods and buy all of our beans, rice, legumes in bulk. As for grocery shopping I generally go at least a couple times a week :) . ~ Bea @ The Not So Cheesy Kitchen

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Bea! Great idea on also buying beans and rice in bulk. In fact, either would also be fantastic in this burrito!! ;-)

      Delete
  6. Mmmm...I would happily eat these any day of the week, they look awesome!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Heather!!! I think I want these for breakfast and then your faux pho for lunch! ;-)

      Delete
  7. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Yum...breakfast tacos are a staple here in San Antonio. I limit myself to once/week...but this looks so good and healthy that I could just make my own and enjoy one EVERY day. Saved this one!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Awesome, Wendy! Hope you give these a try... seriously yummy!

      Delete
  9. What a stupendous budget meal! Love the egg and spinach combo...and the hamburger would provide the meat my hubby craves. Beautiful, too!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Liz! I like the hamburger in it too, but it would also mix well with sausage, turkey, or even shrimp ;-) Appreciate you stopping by!

      Delete
  10. These look incredible! Love the addition of the Spinach Wrap with it. Love Love Love!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Tammi!!! The spinach wrap made it tastier and prettier! ;-)

      Delete
  11. Yummy! Your burrito sounds and looks very satisfying indeed. Especially love the spinach, spices and cheese.

    Thank you too for the intro to Grocery Circular Roundup. Appreciate the other reminders about saving money, too.
    You make so many good points, Diana. And great food!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much!!! I love that site, can't believe I just found it a few weeks ago, and it's already saved me a ton of money! Appreciate you stopping by! ;-)

      Delete
  12. I love breakfast burritos! You can't really go wrong with eggs. These look super tasty, thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Shannon! I know... I could eat eggs every day!!

      Delete
  13. Hubby and I love breakfast burritos so much. I miss spinach tortillas, sadly you can't get them here. I am thinking about trying to make some homemade flavoured tortillas.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Laura. That would be so cool! Let me know how they come out, and hope you enjoy the burritos!

      Delete
  14. Oooh gorgeous! Looks so tasty! :)
    Great recipe for #SundaySupper and I love that my whole family will eat this and it will be totally budget friendly!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Nicole! It actually made a ton for so cheap. And you could easily add extras in according to taste like cheese, sour cream, salsa, etc. ;-)

      Delete
  15. SF burritos are the best! Great combinations of flavors.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Susan! I love how they include spinach, and the touch of nutmeg really brings together the flavors. Appreciate you stopping by! ;-)

      Delete
  16. What a great breakfast burrito recipe! I have to make this!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Megan. It's so simple and makes a ton! Hope you enjoy it, and thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  17. Really great tips on saving money and cooking at home. I also make several trips to the grocery store throughout the week. I like getting fresh food, daily deals, and inspiration on what looks good that day.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Renee! I've saved a ton by going more often ;-)

      Delete

Thank you for taking the time to comment! It makes me smile :-)