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Old El Paso Brexican Burrito Full English breakfast recipe National Breakfast Week

Celebrate National Breakfast Week with a Full English Breakfast Burrito!

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day but mornings leave me with very little time to eat properly. With a little inspiration from Old El Paso I’ve found a way to spice up my breakfast on the go!

Old El Paso Brexican Burrito Full English breakfast recipe National Breakfast Week

My mornings are often a rush even on weekends, but there’s nothing I love more when I have the time than to make a full English fry-up for breakfast with a mug of piping hot coffee and a glass of juice on the side. Don’t get me wrong, I love cereal and toast as much as the next person, but a full English is pretty much a staple breakfast for a lot of families in the UK, for me it makes it a great treat. The great British fry-up typically consists of sausages, bacon, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, baked beans, hash browns, toast or fried bread and black pudding. Throw in some brown sauce or ketchup and you’ve got yourself a winning combination, but have you ever thought of adding something a little different to spice things up a bit? Old El Paso challenged me to turn an English breakfast into ‘The Brexican’ – using Mexican inspired flavours and ingredients.

Knowing time is never on my side in the mornings, I wanted a dish I could prepare quickly and eat on the go!

Old El Paso Brexican Burrito Full English breakfast recipe National Breakfast Week

Creating the Recipe

I thought about what my favourite ingredients were – sausages, bacon, eggs and beans being top of my list – and then thought about how I could make the breakfast portable. Old El Paso Soft Flour Tortillas seemed the perfect ingredient and meant I could turn my Brexican into a burrito! I also swapped baked beans for Old El Paso refried beans, scrambled the eggs with some Old El Paso Spice Mix for Roasted Tomato and Pepper Fajitas to add seasoning, and layered them up in a tortilla with crispy bacon and meaty sausages topped with chunky tomato salsa. It was a total experiment but it tasted great! To save time (and washing up) I baked most of the ingredients in the oven, then assembled, wrapped, rolled and away I went. For mornings when you have more time, I would also recommend serving the Breakfast Burritos with giant mushrooms topped with more salsa.

Old El Paso Brexican Burrito Full English breakfast recipe National Breakfast Week

Old el Paso Breakfast Burritos Recipe

A Mexican inspired twist on the classic full English breakfast. These Brexican Burritos are made using Old El Paso Roasted Tomato and Pepper Fajita Seasoning Mix, Soft Flour Tortillas and stuffed full of scrambled egg, crispy bacon and meaty sausages – delicious!

Old El Paso Brexican Burrito Full English breakfast recipe National Breakfast Week

Medium Pork
20 mins Serves 4

What you’ll need:
8 Rashers of Lean Smoked Bacon
8 Sausages
4 Large Mushrooms, e.g. Portobello
6 Large eggs
Old El Paso Roasted Tomato & Pepper Fajita Seasoning Mix
Old El Paso Refried Beans
Old El Paso 8 Super Soft Flour Regular Tortillas
Old El Paso Thick ‘N’ Chunky Salsa

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 ̊C.
  2. Spread the bacon, sausages and mushrooms out across 2 baking trays and place in the oven to bake for around 20 minutes until the bacon is crispy and the sausages and mushrooms are cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile, crack the eggs into the mixing bowl and whisk thoroughly before pouring into a saucepan and cooking on a low heat, until scrambled, stirring slowly throughout.
  4. In a second saucepan, gently heat the refried beans until hot. Using oven gloves remove the trays of bacon, sausage and mushroom from the oven.
  5. Finally, warm your tortillas in the microwave for 35-40 seconds.
  6. To assemble your Breakfast Burritos, spread the refried beans on the soft flour tortillas using a metal spoon, then top with a layer of bacon, sausage, scrambled egg sprinkled with fajita seasoning mix and a large spoonful of salsa.
  7. To wrap your burritos up – fold the bottom edges upwards, then the sides inwards to create a roll with one open end.

Tip: Try warming the flour tortillas through by simply microwaving for 30 seconds before serving.

For more recipes visit www.oldelpaso.co.uk/mexican-recipes.

Old El Paso Brexican Burrito Full English breakfast recipe National Breakfast Week

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Christmas Party with Lidl

If you’re like me, now we’re approaching Christmas, there will be a lot of festive occasions to attend on your social calendar. Over this past weekend I’ve had both a 21st Birthday Party and Christmas get together and as I was nominated to cook for both occasions I decided to have a little fun with my guests and serve them (unknowingly) a top notch Christmas style buffet from none other than Lidl! Below are some of the photos from the two events with a festive flavour plus my guest’s reactions once they found out it was a #Lidlsurprises buffet. For more inspiration and Christmas Recipes head on over to the Lidl website.

Currently there is a wide range of Christmas foods available in store under the ‘Deluxe’ brand so it was much easier to hoax my guests as they cooed over the table of nibbles. My guest’s ages ranged from eight to seventy and anywhere in between so I needed to cater to all tastes and dietary requirements.

For savoury foods some hits from the Deluxe Chilled range included the British Cheese Board, Scottish Oatcakes, Scottish Biscuits for Cheese and Italian Prosciutto. Plus favourites from the Deluxe Treats range included Strawberry & Cream Mini Shortbreads, Luxury Fruit and Nut Mixes plus Baklava (seriously, buy two packs of these (or more!) – they were gone in seconds!)

For dessert we also enjoyed a Deluxe Frozen Tarte Aux Framboises which easily served more than our 11 eleven guests and was fab with a splash of cream.

Lidl Christmas Buffet

Lidl Vegetable Crisps

Lidl Buffet

One guest reaching for another Baklava!

Lidl Deluxe Chilled Desserts

Our delicious desserts – these went down a treat with all ages!

Tarte Aux Framboises

There were a lot of guesses of where the food was from and when I announced it was all from Lidl, people were so surprised (even dumbfounded in some cases!) with one person saying they’d “never guess it was from Lidl, it’s superb” and another saying “the quality is fantastic, I”ll be getting some more bits in before Christmas!”

You might recognise this Christmas ad below from TV. Just like my guests, these guests had a hard time guessing where their Christmas drinks were from!

n.b. Products are available until stocks last, all prices are correct at time of publication and prices may vary by store.

All in all, I myself was blown away by the quality of the Lidl products and especially loved the cured meats and chocolate nut selections and I think just maybe I’ll be leaving out a Deluxe Baklava instead of a mince pie on Christmas eve so that Father Christmas can have a #lidlSurprise of his own this Christmas!

What Christmas food from Lidl will you be trying this year?

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The Vegesentials Challenge + Win 7 Days Worth of Vegesentials Smoothies *CLOSED*

The Vegesentials Challenge

Since hitting my 30’s I’ve been trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle. I’ve made a few obvious changes like upping my water intake and trying to be more active plus dropping a few extra lbs and super charging my skincare routine to prevent those dreaded wrinkles. Someone once told me that you should sandwich your skin between two layers of hydration – on the outside, moisturise your skin with your skincare regime – and on the inside, internally hydrate yourself with water and nutritious foods.

This metaphor is something I can really buy into, as I know from personal experience what a difference staying hydrated and sticking to a regular skincare routine can do. It not only has improved my skin but it makes me feel much better about myself too. As part of my lifestyle changes I’ve also been adding much more fresh fruit and veg into my diet and have already seen an increase in my energy levels and general wellbeing.

But I wanted to go a little further in my quest for a healthier lifestyle and started exploring new foods and products which is when I discovered the brand Vegesentials and decided to take on The Vegesentials Challenge! They are the UK’s first raw fruit and veggie drink brand and have made a range of smoothies, each one made from half fruit, half vegetables which offers a much higher nutritional value than fruit smoothies or juices alone. The challenge itself involved trying to have 7 a day of fruit and vegetables (instead of the recommended minimum of 5) and recording any changes or benefits I found within a week.

The Vegesentials Challenge

The Vegesentials Challenge

For a week I tried to pack in as much fruit and veg as I could with each meal and snacked on both fresh and dried fruit and raw veg. I also had a Vegesentials smoothie with lunch most days to again up my intake of fruit and vegetables. I found out that in Europe it’s mostly recommended adults have 5-6 portions a day whereas in Australia it’s around 8 portions a day. Also I discovered that it’s now believed that 5-a-day should be increased to 7 portions of fruit and veg a day in the UK as this is the optimum amount at which health factors such as risk of cancer (25%) and heart disease (31%) significantly decrease.

During the week I also started snacking on much healthier foods such as natural greek yogurt in place of sugar or sweetened fruit yogurts, had nuts and plain popcorn instead of chocolatey treats and cut out artificial sweeteners and sugar from tea and coffee.

I tried six different flavours of Vegesentials smoothies (each one contains 1 or 2 portions of fruit and veg) and found only one flavour I didn’t like which contained kale, which I’m generally not a fan of anyway, but the other flavours were surprisingly sweet and not unpleasant at all. My two favourite flavours were the Carrot, Peach and Cucumber, and the Cucumber, Pineapple and Spinach Smoothies which actually felt like a treat!

Observations I made throughout The Vegesentials Challenge:

  • They are not thick smoothies but more like juices – just something to think about if you’re expecting something on par with the texture of a milkshake.
  • All the smoothies tasted nice and not unpleasant at all – don’t let the colours put you off!
  • I felt full after having a smoothie and didn’t need to snack mid-afternoon if I had one at lunchtime.
  • My energy levels increased a lot in the daytime and I found I relied less on caffeine to get me through the day.
  • I felt less bloated and my stomach looked smaller.
  • My skintone improved, making me look brighter and my eyes looked more sparkly.
  • It was a much easier challenge than I anticipated!

I want to stress here that taking The Vegesentials Challenge isn’t a quick fix to lose weight or a fad, I genuinely think that adding them into my diet played an important part in helping me make some lifestyle changes as it’s made me think twice about what I’m putting into my body and what the affects may be. I will be continuing to have Vegesentials smoothies, just not every single day as it’s good to change things up and think they will help me when I need an energy boost or I’m feeling sluggish.

Want to WIN a weeks worth of Vegesential’s Smoothies?

To say a massive thank you to all my amazing readers, each week throughout September I will be running lots of competitions with some fabulous prizes.

Today’s prize is 7 Days worth of Vegesentials Smoothies!

The Vegesentials Challenge Smoothies

How to Enter

To be in with a chance to win this competition

Answer this question:
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The competition is open to UK entrants only aged 18 and over, one entry per person.

A winner will be chosen from all valid entries using random.org.

Competition closes 9pm Monday 22nd September.

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