You’ve had a killer workout and a hot shower, right on the heels of a good night’s sleep.
You want to take on the day, but you can’t; your breakfast is bringing you down.
It’s the same old thing, day after day. Your breakfast is utilitarian and functional.
It’s like putting on white cotton underpants; it does the job, but it’s just not a lot fun.
All of that is about to change. The recipe below will add spice to your life, infuse you with enthusiasm, and even balance your checkbook. (Well, that might be overstating it. Although, except for the checkbook part there is a shade of truth to it.)
Here’s what you will need to prepare this spicy, lively, taste bud-tickling treat:
4 eggs, or an egg replacement product equivalent to 4 eggs
Diced peppers and onions (optional)
Shredded low fat Mexican-style cheese
One 8” whole wheat tortilla (whole wheat tortillas are better than tortillas made with white flour because whole wheat products have a lower Glycemic Index.)
In a small bowl whisk together the one whole egg and the three whites.
Spray a small skillet with non-stick cooking spray and heat over a medium flame.
Pour eggs into skillet.
Scramble until cooked. Remove from heat.
Place the tortilla on a microwave-safe plate and cover it with a slightly damp paper towel. Microwave for 10 – 15 seconds. (This will warm the tortilla up, making it easier to work with – kind of like a man.)
Remove the tortilla from the microwave.
Discard the paper towel. (I almost left out the part that says “discard the paper towel” but I was worried that someone would write to me and tell me that they loved the recipe, but they choked on the paper towel. These are the same people who inspired the folks at Preparation H to put a warning on their product that reads, “Do not put in eyes.”)
With the tortilla flat and now warm, spoon the cooked eggs into the center. Spread eggs from top to bottom, forming a line right down the center of the tortilla. (Leave a couple of inches at the bottom – you’ll see why in a minute.)
Sprinkle the eggs with a tablespoon or two of cheese while they are still warm.
Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of salsa over the cheese.
Fold the bottom of the tortilla up. (Here’s where those extra couple of inches are important. Folding up the bottom will prevent you from biting into your tasty treat, only to have a glob of salsa slip out the bottom and land, nipple-center, on your shirt.)
- If you are using actual eggs from actual chickens, separate the yolks from three of them and either discard the yolks or save for another use. If you are using eggs from a carton, measure out the equivalent of 4 eggs.
Make ahead tip for saving time
You can prepare several of these at a time and have them ready to go at a moment’s notice. To prepare ahead of time, wrap each assembled tortilla in microwave-safe plastic wrap and when you need one, just warm it up. (I actually prefer my salsa cold, so if I make these ahead of time, I omit Step 11 and then after I warm it up, I open it and add the salsa.)
Half carb, half protein, with a little bit of fat and a lot of flavor. Put on a black lace thong and enjoy!
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Julie Scipioni McKown is a certified personal trainer, an author, and a fitness consultant.
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