10-Minute Vegan Breakfast Burritos

With school off to it’s inevitable start, mornings around here are a dagblummed rush. I struggle with it almost daily. Not about the rush thing, there’s just only so much one can do in the wee moments at the crack of a new day. Rather, my struggle comes from this marrow-deep feeling I find myself fighting from time to time. Call it the June Cleaver syndrome, or the Mormon Mom syndrome, or what have you…no matter how much I try to go all Buddhist on my life, live in the moment, embrace the now, be nonjudgementally happy with who and where I am, there seems to be this nagging sense that I could be doing it all better. For whatever reason, the nag hits during breakfast. If I don’t have time to gather my puppies around the table, sit and look them in the faces, feed them a warm and homemade something or other, I feel like I’m not doing it right. Not doing it good enough.

This immaculate synergy of events happens ever so occasionally. The alarms go off at just the right time. The kids wake up ungrumpy, with hair that doesn’t bunch up in a cowlick at the back of their heads. I have all the right recipe ingredients in the fridge. The kitchen table is somehow uncluttered from the night before, sticky juice splotches wiped up before bed. Homework is properly stored in backpacks. Emergency laundry disasters remain at bay. Some mornings, it happens. We end up at the kitchen table for a hot breakfast, reading fascinating stories and talking about the days events.

Most mornings, however, are a lot like today. Me shouting for people to get off of YouTube, because it’s not yet Friday, dammit. Shoes lost. Rotten fruit from lunches found. A revolving door of randomness bringing children to the breakfast table one at a time. The lick of a hand to smooth flyaway hair. Frantic kisses out the door.

And me. Sitting moments later in the silence of the house. Wondering what I’m doing wrong. Trying to remember that no mom ever gets it all right. Wondering if a warm breakfast and routine morning table talk is really more important than stopping for a moment at a red light on the way to school to take a photo of your tweenager. Because, for the first time that morning, you saw the line of silver glitter eyeliner she so expertly swiped across the lid of her hazel eyes.

I sure the heck hope so. Because I did one of those things, and very much not the other. And I feel fairly confident in saying I’ll take glitter eyeliner moments over table talk anyday.


10-Minute Vegan Breakfast Burritos


1 block firm tofu
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
3 slices vegan american cheese
1/2 small purple onion, chopped
2 large tomatoes, finely diced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
2 ripe avocados, sliced
salt to taste

4 burrito-sized tortillas


Crumble tofu into a large skillet. Drizzle with olive oil and turn heat to medium high. Sprinkle with cumin, turmeric, and garlic salt. Cook for 7-10 minutes, until the tofu is starting to brown slightly. Place vegan cheddar on top of scrambled tofu and stir to melt.

While the tofu is cooking, mix together onion, tomatoes, and cilantro to make a simple pico de gallo. Salt to taste.

Stuff tortillas with scrambled tofu, a heap of the pico de gallo, and sliced avocadoes. Serve and enjoy!

25 Responses to “10-Minute Vegan Breakfast Burritos”

  1. Kat says:

    Burritos are always my go-to comfort food! These look delicious :)

  2. Skye says:

    Brooke, you make me want to be a mom one day because you truly appreciate the small, beautiful moments of motherhood. Thank you for the heartwarming story and the yummylicious recipe!

  3. You took me right back to my childhood – remembering the chaos that was our morning routine as my mom tried to get all 4 of us out the door without anyone missing their bus! *my poor mother* Awesome looking breakfast recipe – I’ve never made tofu for breakfast before and I’m excited to give this a try!

  4. These are a great idea. I need more burritos in my life :)

  5. Michele says:

    This makes me hungry just looking at the picture! Thanks for a great breakfast idea for us vegans!

  6. Ally says:

    I think anyone who grew up Mormon has those thoughts. Not to hate on Mormonism, because I’m not trying to here, I just know that for me personally, one thing that going to Church really taught me to focus on were my shortcomings, to compare everyday, every thought, every action to what it SHOULD be, and for me that meant perfection.
    I have since learned that that is crap. I now know that I am a good person.
    I am perfect because I was made in God’s image and yes I have shortcomings.
    But I truly believe that scripture in D&C, Man are that they might have JOY.
    I don’t know where I stand with Mormonism today, so please don’t take any of this as a rant or a rave for Church, I’m not that person!
    But I cried when I watched your story last August and I have been a longtime reader of your blog, back when you were Conversations with a Cupcake, and I have always loved your spunk and your personality, your attention to your children and your love of food. You really are a person who is full of light, who is full of joy. And I think that is all that really matters.
    If we were ever in the same city Brooke, I would want to be your friend.
    I just want you to know that you are doing everything just right.
    And I know that because your love for your children comes through in every post, every recipe, every thought that you have.
    And you are trying your best to do what you think is the best for them.
    That’s all that I think anyone can do. Try their best, learn and keep moving forward. And the fact that you are able to see the glitter eyeliner is just a testament to those of us who wouldn’t have, who have still been beating themselves up for yelling or the messy table or whatever.
    So thank you for your post, your honesty, and your strength.
    I hope that 2013 brings your family more joy, more healing, and more love.


  7. Mayzie says:

    You’re doing everything just fine, much better than me in fact. At the moment, I can’t even cook for my kids (to my Mother-in-law’s chagrin). Cheer up and realize you’re only doing the best you can. Love ya!

  8. Tovah says:

    Just wanted to stop lurking to say that you are doing great. Your kids know that they are loved and cared for. That is more important then sitting around a breakfast table in some weird stepford-ish alternate reality. Just keep loving on those kids:)

  9. Sheri says:

    what a great post, our kids aren`t back to school until September and already I am stressing about the morning routine. I usually come up with a plan that works for the first and maybe second day, but after that it turns to chaos again. We are all real people and try to do our best and that really is all we can do. I try to send my kids off to school without yelling to hurry up and a kiss on the check and the feeling loved. Some days hard I admit, not sure it will ever be smooth.

  10. anna says:

    awww i love breakfast burritos! yum!

  11. Lesley says:

    Great idea with the crumbled tofu. I usually crumble tempeh but will give the tofu a try!

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  17. sherry butcher says:

    the 10 minute Breakfast sounds like a good idea esp. since you can Sub other items and very it for different days. TFS.

  18. Tara says:

    Yum! Can’t wait to try!!

  19. Mason says:

    Great recipe! I’m always on the lookout for ways to break-up my daily oatmeal ritual!

  20. Marsha A says:

    I love breakfast burritos!! Yum!!

  21. nicole dziedzic says:

    The perfect way to start the day! This looks awesome! My mouth is watering! YUM!

  22. Jillian says:

    I usually need quick breakfasts, so I usually end up having the same thing. This looks great to get me out of the rut!

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