Gyros Breakfast Burritos, what a way to start the day! Spinach, beef, yogurt, feta cheese and cucumbers…this makes breakfast (or dinner) positively delicious.
Do you hear it? The school bell is about to ring.
The backpacks are getting dusted off and filled. But backpacks aren’t the only thing that need filled. The breakfast table should be part of the back-to-school plan. Breakfast should have at least 3 food groups to provide sustained energy until the next meal rolls around. That means some high-quality protein, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, or dairy.
Break that fast
The benefits of breakfast range from kids doing better in school with fewer behavioral issues, to maintaining a more normal weight, more energy, and a better mood. Breakfast eaters have better diets with more nutrients, vitamins, and minerals because when you skip it’s difficult to make up those lost nutrients. University of Minnesota researchers found that eating breakfast daily or frequently is strongly associated with a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.
Powered by protein
Protein helps you feel full longer and keeps your blood sugar more stable so you can concentrate better. With this combination, you’ll be lots more fun to be around. 😉 So, front-load the day to stabilize hunger hormones.
Research suggests that eating 20 to 30 grams of high-quality protein at each meal–breakfast, lunch, and dinner, rather than the current practice of eating more protein at dinner–satisfies hunger which can prevent overeating plus it optimizes muscle development.
As a food enthusiast and good health encourager, I love to share the deliciousness of food. One of my goals is to create award-wining recipes. I developed this recipe so I could enter a contest sponsored by the The Beef Checkoff. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by The Beef Checkoff and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. I’ll be honest, I want to win a recipe contest, but cooking with lean beef is not unusual. With 25 grams of protein and 10 essential nutrients in one 3-ounce serving, beef shows up regularly on my table. Three ounces is about the size of a smart phone. Even smarter because that’s about 25 grams of protein and 50 percent of the your daily protein requirement.
Go lean with beef
The leanest beef cuts include round steaks and roasts (eye of round, top round, bottom round, round tip), top loin, top sirloin, and chuck shoulder and arm roasts. For ground beef, choose extra lean. The label should say at least “95% lean.” That’s what I used for my recipe Gyros Breakfast Burritos.
I love this recipe!
I love this recipe because the ingredients are super flavorful. Plus it meets my nutrition recommendation that a breakfast include at least 3 foods groups. The beef, cheese, and yogurt add protein, the spices boost the antioxidants and with all that spinach, even Popeye would pull up a chair!
Gyros Breakfast Burritos
This recipes makes 10 burritos. Freeze in airtight container for later then reheat in microwave. How’s that for smart planning?
Here’s another make-ahead breakfast: Berry Cardamom Baked Oatmeal.
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Gyros Breakfast Burritos
Gyros Breakfast Burritos, what a way to start the day! Spinach, beef, yogurt, feta cheese and cucumbers…this makes breakfast positively delicious.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 10
- Category: Breakfast
- Cuisine: Mexican, American
- 1 pound 95% lean ground beef
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 10-ounce package frozen spinach, cooked, drained
- 2 tablespoons raisins
- 9 eggs
- 1/2 cup feta cheese
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup cucumber, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 10 whole-wheat tortillas
- Make yogurt dressing by combining yogurt, cucumber, olive oil, mint, lemon juice and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- In a large non-stick skillet, add beef and onion. Cook over medium heat until beef is browned. Stir in garlic, tomato paste, oregano, basil, salt, cinnamon, fennel seeds and cayenne pepper. Add spinach and raisins. Cook until heated throughout.
- (At this point, mixture may be refrigerated overnight or frozen for later use. Thaw before using and heat in large non-stick skillet over medium heat.)
- In a medium bowl, stir eggs with a fork or whisk until well beaten. Pour eggs into beef mixture. Stir and cook until eggs are set about 10 minutes.
- To make burritos, spoon filling onto tortilla, sprinkle feta cheese over filling then drizzle yogurt sauce over cheese. Fold tortilla around filling.
- Burritos may be frozen but omit the yogurt sauce. Wrap each burrito in plastic or foil and store in air tight container. Unwrap and reheat in microwave.
One of the things I like best about this recipe is that I get bestovers. I freeze the leftover filling or filled burritos for later. NOTE: The yogurt sauce makes enough for four burritos.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 300
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