Freezer Breakfast Burritos 2 Ways + 21 Day Fix Challenge!
August 12, 2018 by Nicole Collins
It's time for our next challenge!
I told you a couple of week ago that we were going to do a 21 Day Fix challenge, and now the time has come! I'm going to give you the cliff's notes version of the plan, give you LOTS of recipes that can fit in to the plan, and hopefully set you on the path of a healthier lifestyle!
But first, a quick apology.
I've have been the busiest little bee lately. And last week, it got to the point where I was so exhausted that I hit a big wall. I told you all a few weeks ago that I've been having a little trouble getting motivated, and last week was the tip of the iceberg. So, I'm sorry that I only spent one day with you last week. But, I'm going to make it up to you by giving you my total attention for the next 7 days.
That's right, 7 recipes, 7 days, and 7 full meal plans!!!
Now, I know this plan lasts for 21 days, but I'm going to hook you up with so much info and so many recipes over the next week, that you're going to be just fine managing your own meal plan after I get you through week 1.
So, here are the basics. The idea is that it takes 21 days for a habit to stick. That's why this plan lasts for 21 days. But, the real key to this plan is portion control. Measuring out our food makes us more aware of portion sizes which prevents us from overeating. For me, I thought the smaller carb (yellow) portions were going to be the hardest to control, but I'm at the point where I don't even miss them (most of the time).
Start by calculating your calorie count in the chart below. Then, use your calorie count to identify how many of each colored container you get per day. The container chart is meant to be the max amount of each category that you can have every day; but in reality, you won't even need all of your containers. I promise!
Each colored container represents a food group. Green is veggies, and it's 1 cup. Purple is fruits, and it's also 1 cup. Red is protein, and it's 2/3 cup. Yellow is carbs coming in at ½ cup or the quantity identified in the list for those items that don't fit in the cup. Blue is for your healthy fats, and that's 1/3 cup. Orange is for nuts and dressings which is 2 tbsp. And, the last category is Tsp which is one tsp of oils or peanut butter. You can use measuring cups to measure your food if you like, but I really like having specials containers for this project. You can buy knock off versions from Amazon here.
Now, I must be honest, I cheat a little bit when it comes to this plan. There are some things that are supposed to be calculated as yellows, like milk, that I don't count as yellow. I also don't always count out my tsp or my blues either. Plus, there are some foods that are not explicitly identified as ok in the plan (like mayo) that I make the choice to calculate my own way. But, I lost 53 lbs in under a year on this plan and have kept it off for three years by keeping these guidelines front of mind, so I think my cheats are ok. Please note that I am in no way a nutrition professional...just a girl that found a way to not feel betrayed by food.
I really like that the 21 Day Fix plan allows for flexibility, and it definitely doesn't feel like a diet. It's actually kind of like a fun puzzle while you're learning how to calculate out how much of each food you can have every day. I say all the time that I've eaten MUCH more tasty food since I changed my lifestyle to align with this plan.
I did multiple rounds of 21 day fix, which is how I was able to lose so much weight. But, it's important that you space out your intervals. If you do 3 weeks on, you need at least 3 weeks off before you do another 21 day round. I also want to note that the program comes with a workout DVD. I actually made the choice not to exercise while I was on the plan, but I'd do some weekly walking while I was on my off weeks. And, I still was successful losing weight. So, imagine the possibilities if you add a little workout routine while you're on the plan!
One more thing before we get in to today's recipe...I've told you before that all of my recipes have 21 Day Fix approved portions. I'm going to give you a full day's meal plan every day (including snacks, because 2 snacks are required in the plan). So, I'm going to link previous recipes to give you a totally unique meal plan every day for the next 7 days. Please don't let this overwhelm you! I'm just giving you lots and lots of options to carry you out through the next 3 weeks. But in reality, I only make 3 main meals per week and rotate them throughout the week between lunches and dinners. And, I have a greek yogurt and banana every day for breakfast when I'm on the plan. I just don't want you to think you have to do all of this cooking on the 21 Day plan when you see the plethora of recipes! I have this calculated out so that most days you max out at 2 yellows (which is the toughest to control), and maybe there's 3 yellows on a day or two. So, you can easily substitute one recipe for another when it comes to lunches and dinners in the meal plan.
Ok, let's get to our first recipe! Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so I'm giving you a recipe that will make sure you never have an excuse to skip breakfast again!
Today, we're making Freezer Breakfast Burritos 2 Ways!
Our first kind of breakfast burrito is so simple and delicious. It's a bacon, egg, and cheese burrito brushed with some maple syrup for a little touch of sweetness. Fry some bacon, scramble some eggs, assemble, cool, and freeze. Done.
Our second burrito has a little more going on, but OMG is it worth it! It's an Italian scramble brekkie burrito stuffed with spinach, sausage, sun dried tomatoes, shallot, and mozzarella. Talk about MMM! Scramble, stuff, cool, and freeze. Again, done!
It's so easy to make the excuse that we don't have time for breakfast, but if you have 2 mins and a microwave, now you always have time for breakfast. These are my absolute favorite to grab even if I have all of the time in the world!
Here's your full meal plan for today:
Breakfast: Freezer Breakfast Burrito - 1 yellow, 1 red, 1 tsp, 1 blue.
Snack: 1 cup berries - 1 purple
Snack: 2 slices deli turkey rolled with 1 slice deli cheddar cheese - 1/2 red, not even 1/2 blue
Alright guys, I really hope you make the decision to do a round of 21 Day Fix with me! There's strength in numbers, right?
We've got some good stuff coming up this week, so be sure to stay tuned. And, let's eat!
Freezer Breakfast Burritos 2 Ways
Serves: 8 Print
For the Maple Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Burritos:
2 tbsp heavy cream
¼ tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 tbsp butter
3 slices American cheese
2 tbsp maple syrup
4 slices bacon, cooked and broken in half
4 8-inch flour tortillas (whole wheat tortillas for 21 Day Fix)
For the Italian Scramble Burritos:
2 tbsp heavy cream
¼ tsp salt, plus more to taste
1/8 tsp pepper, plus more to taste
1/8 tsp red chili flakes
2 oz breakfast sausage
¼ cup sun dried tomatoes in oil, chopped
1 shallot, minced
1 cup fresh spinach
1 cup shredded mozzarella
4 8-inch flour tortillas (whole wheat tortillas for 21 Day Fix)
Make the Maple BEC Burrito Mix: In a medium mixing bowl, add eggs, cream, salt, and pepper. Whisk or beat with a fork to combine.
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add egg mixture, and cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, to scramble the eggs. When the eggs are almost fully cooked, gather to the center of the pan, and add 3 slices of American cheese on top. Cover and cook until the cheese melts. Set aside until completely cooled.
Make the Italian Scramble Mix: In a medium mixing bowl, add eggs, cream, mozzarella, salt, pepper, and red chili flakes. Whisk or beat with a fork to combine.
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add sausage to pan, breaking up the meat to crumble, and cook until no longer pink, 10-12 mins. Add shallots and sun dried tomatoes in their oil, and saute for 2-3 mins. Add spinach with a pinch of salt and pepper, and saute until wilted, about 2-3 mins. Add egg mixture, and cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, to scramble the eggs. Set aside until completely cooled.
Assemble the Maple BEC Burritos: Take 1 tortilla, and brush one side of the tortilla with maple syrup. Spoon ¼ of the eggs in to the center of the tortilla, and top with 2 halves of bacon. Fold the left and right sides over the filling. While holding the sides in place, fold over the bottom (side closest to you) over the filling, and roll the tortilla in to a burrito.
Assemble the Italian Scramble Burritos: Take 1 tortilla, and spoon ¼ of the egg mix in to the center of the tortilla. Fold the left and right sides over the filling. While holding the sides in place, fold over the bottom (side closest to you) over the filling, and roll the tortilla in to a burrito.
Wrap each burrito individually in wax paper, and place in a freezer safe bag for up to 3 months. To reheat, keep burrito in the wax paper, and microwave for 2 minutes until heated all the way through. Allow to sit for one minute before unwrapping and enjoying!
*I like having a variety of burritos to choose from in the morning. But, if you prefer one flavor over the other, just double the recipe to make more of one kind.
*It's VERY important to make sure all of your ingredients have completely cooled before wrapping and freezing the burritos. We don't want them to be soggy when we reheat them, and that'll happen if we let them steam by wrapping them when they're still warm.
*You can get knock off 21 Day Fix containers here.
*Per serving, this recipe is 1 yellow, 1 red, 1 tsp, 1 blue.
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