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Weekday Brunch: The Breakfast Tortilla

Think this looks way too elaborate for a Tuesday morning? Not so much. This breakfast only took me 6 minutes from fridge to plate (just a few more minutes than your standard eggs on toast breakfast) and the result was a mid-week-brunch of epic proportions.

The Breakfast Tortilla


  1. Heat a large, ungreased skillet to medium high heat.
  2. Chop up a few handfuls of your favourite veggies: onions, peppers, carrots, zucchini, peppers (note: the smaller you chop, the quicker they cook!)
  3. Toast a whole wheat or brown rice tortilla on the dry skillet for about 30 seconds/side or until lightly browned. Set aside.
  4. Add 1 tsp of oil and all of your veggies to the skillet. Salt, pepper, garlic and chili powder are some other tasty additions. Stir fry until just cooked and still crunchy. If you’re adding greens do so right at the end.
  5. Eggs**: EITHER microwave 1/2-3/4 cup egg whites for 2-3 minutes at 80% power OR add 2 whole eggs to the pan after the veggies have cooked and scramble.
  6. Spread your tortilla with base of choice: I used hummus, dijon and a piece of laughing cow cheese. Layer on veggies and eggs. Top with anything you like: salsa, greek yogurt, olives, jalepenos, nooch, crunched up mary’s crackers or tortillas, etc.
**You could easily swap eggs for tofu in this recipe to veganize/tofu scramble-ize it. 
Use the crunchy toasted tortilla base to scoop up your eggs and enjoy this cheaters version of huevos rancheros any day of the week!
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  • Reply Faith September 27, 2011 at 9:22 am

    How did you eat it? It looks awesomely huge…too huge to fold – I’d make a huge mess trying to hoover it down.

    • Reply the healthy hipster September 27, 2011 at 11:07 am

      That’s where magic of toasting the tortilla comes in! It turns the whole bottom layer into big crispy edible utensil. Then when I get to the softer middle section I bust out the knife and fork to avoid the messy stuff! 🙂

  • Reply Sarah B @ Bake + Bike September 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Yesss best breakfast ever!! This reminds me of the amazingness that are huevos rancheros at Sadie’s Diner – have you been?

    ps. I did NOT know you can toast tortillas dry on a skillet! So glad I know this now!

  • Reply Alyse October 4, 2011 at 12:18 am

    So. deluxe. You make my hunk-of-cheese-while-dashing-out-the-door look pathetic. Also, 6 minutes? you must be incredibly efficient. Consider me impressed!

    • Reply the healthy hipster October 4, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      Oh there is certainly a time and place for grab a hunk of whateversinthefridge breakfasts. I’m lookin at you mondays… 😉

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