Favorite Recipe Friday: California Burrito Bowl

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It doesn’t have to be breakfast time to eat breakfast food.  We often make breakfast for dinner because it’s quick, easy and kid-friendly.

This burrito bowl was inspired by a burrito native to Southern California: the California Burrito.  For those of you who aren’t familiar, it’s typically a big, fat burrito stuffed with beef, cheese, and fries (or fried potatoes).  Yep, french fries INSIDE the burrito.  Instead, I opted for sweet potato fries, which are a healthier alternative and chicken apple sausage because it’s delicious and breakfast-y. Together, they provide a complimentary sweetness to the savory ingredients.

And, instead of the big guacamole bomb that often accompanies a typical massive burrito, I created a fresh, chunky avocado salsa sure to satisfy your guacamole craving.  Is your mouth watering yet?  Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

Cooking spray

10 ounces (about 3 cups) frozen sweet potato fries (I like Alexia brand)

2 green onions, chopped (white and green parts separated)

1 small tomato, diced

1 small (4 ounce) avocado, diced

Juice from ½ lime

1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

6 ounces fully-cooked, uncured chicken apple sausage, chopped

4 large eggs

2 teaspoons unsalted butter

¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Hot sauce (optional)

Directions:

Spray a sheet pan with cooking spray and bake sweet potatoes according to package directions.

Meanwhile, combine onion greens, tomato, avocado, lime juice, cilantro, ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper in a small bowl.  Mix gently and set aside.

Spray a small skillet with cooking spray.  Add sausage and cook until warmed and crisp on the edges.  Remove from skillet and keep warm.

In another small bowl combine eggs, onion whites, ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper. Beat with a fork to combine. Add butter to skillet and scramble eggs.

Build your bowl: Chop the fries and sausage.  Layer ¼ of the eggs, sausage, fries, cheese and salsa in each of 4 bowls. Top with hot sauce (if desired). Makes 4 bowls.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories:   370
Protein:   16 g
Carbohydrate:   27 g
Dietary Fiber:   5 g
Total Sugars:   8 g
Total Fat:   21.5 g
Saturated Fat:   5.5 g
Cholesterol:   225 mg
Sodium:   580 mg

Nutrition Note: Looking to lighten it up?  Substitute egg whites for all or part of the egg, use reduced fat cheese and/or omit the butter and scramble eggs in a non-stick pan with cooking spray.

Miss the tortilla? Wrapping it up in a 10-inch tortilla adds roughly 200 calories, 4 grams of fat, and 500 milligrams of sodium. Alternatively, you can serve it (as show above) with a piece of lightly buttered whole grain toast for an extra (roughly) 100 calories, 4 grams of fat and 100 mg of sodium.

Serving suggestion: Serve with fruit salad.

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