One of the final holdouts in our otherwise local, slow and natural kitchen were the frozen burritos from a major convenience food brand. This was perhaps one of the hardest changes to make. While leftovers for lunches and stew pot dinners have happily replaced any number of over processed foods, breakfast needs to be both quick, filling and delicious.
The solution of course, was no more radical than any of our other meals, but took some forethought to accomplish. The truth is, that canned or dry beans, rice, and cheese are all fairly easy to come by, and while not all local, can be easily stocked up. Add a little onion and some lime and a whole pot of rice and beans can be quickly and affordably prepared on a slow morning like today.
Today we had our first home made breakfast burritos and concluded that our per unit cost was below the convenience food burritos. I also concluded that the food enjoyment factor was approximately 7000 times greater.
What’s more, this meal easily maintains the benefit the convinced us to use burritos as breakfast food in the first place. They are compact, easy to eat, and have a high protein content which serves to energize our bodies for a greater length of time. Processed cereals and baked goods leave us feeling hungry well before our lunch break arrives.
Update! this is where it really shakes out, this morning the first pot of rice and beans ran out as we enjoyed our final burritos from the first run of this recipe. When all of the votes were counted it was unanimous that a second pot should be prepared. I think we’ve found our replacement.