Easy Brunch Idea

It’s Saturday night. You’re out on the town. Friends are coming for brunch. The apartment is a disaster area, there’s nothing in the fridge, and you’re going to need a full night’s sleep in order to recover from all the festivities. What to do?

In our case, we divided and conquered. Catherine tackled grocery shopping like a champ and I attacked the Clutter Zone currently known as our living room/dining room.Then, we put together an easy, relatively cheap, and tasty brunch menu. All was delicious, and we didn’t have to get up at 8 am in order to make it.

Build-Your-Own Breakfast Burritos


  • tortillas
  • salsa
  • sour cream
  • cheese (grated or not grated, depending on your laziness/frugalness)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 can black beans
  • small bunch of cilantro (if you have it)
  • 1 package pre-cooked chicken sausage (optional)
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 potatoes


  1. Cube the potatoes and put them in a pan with some oil, salt & pepper, and any other spices you might enjoy.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, chop up the onion and brown in a pan with a bit of oil.
  3. While the onions are cooking, chop up the green pepper. Add to the onion once that’s looking nice and browned.
  4. While all that’s cooking, set the table, drain the beans, chop the chicken sausage, grate the cheese (if being frugal), wash and chop the cilantro (if you have it), and put all ingredients in bowls. Put the tortillas on a plate.
  5. Right before you sit down to eat, microwave the beans and chicken sausage. While that’s zapping, scramble the eggs until just set. You can also nuke the tortillas for the last 30 seconds if you like.
  6. Serve the eggs, onions, potatoes, and beans hot.

I think it all took about 30 minutes from start to finish, and I had time to load the dishwasher in between. Definitely a tasty brunch, and for four people we had plenty of useful leftovers. (I used the onions/green pepper mix and the chicken sausage in pasta that night.) It was also lovely because depending on how you assembled things, the meal could work for a vegan, vegetarian, or meat-lover.


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