Breakfast Fajita Bowls

Wake up your morning routine with a protein-packed Breakfast Fajita Bowl featuring Real California milk products!

Wake up your morning routine with a protein-packed Breakfast Fajita Bowl featuring Real California milk products #sponsored @tspbasil

{Disclosure: As a co-owner of The Recipe ReDux, I was compensated to co-manage this recipe contest with Real California Milk. Thoughts and opinions are my own.}

Most days, breakfast for me is oatmeal with peanut butter and fruit with a Banana Mocha Frappe or a latte.

Not too exciting and definitely lacking variety. #BadDietitian

Let’s just say since I first made them, these Breakfast Fajita Bowls are getting me excited for breakfast again. No lie – I ate them three days in a row since coming up with the recipe. Not to mention, this breakfast helps me get another serving of veggies into my day during a meal that I normally don’t eat them.

The inspiration came from Real California Milk, the generous sponsor of this month’s recipe contest for The Recipe ReDux. Our blogger members were invited to feature Real California Cheese, Real California Yogurt and/or Real California Cottage Cheese in breakfast or healthy snack recipes.

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So, when I heard California cheese, I knew I wanted to do some type of fajita recipe. I’ve been craving fajitas recently and I realized I really hadn’t eaten them much since back in my high school days when a Chili’s first came to the area (I’m really dating myself.) The shrimp or chicken fajitas were always my go-to order – there was just something about the smell and sound of those sizzling veggies arriving to your table.

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Queso blanco is a cheese I’ve eaten outside of the home but never have bought or used in a recipe. It’s a creamy, mild cheese often used with spicy Tex-Mex dishes like enchiladas or crumbled over soups or salads.

I found a California queso blanco (complete with the seal!) and I thought it would work well with this fajita creation (#thumbsup.) I also made theme again with California Monterey Jack cheese – and they were just as tasty if you can’t find queso blanco (<—I found both at Whole Foods.)

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Breakfast Fajita Bowls

Wake up your morning routine with a protein-packed Breakfast Fajita Bowl featuring Real California milk products #sponsored @tspbasil

Wake up your morning routine with these protein packed Breakfast Fajita Bowls featuring Real California milk products!

  • Author: by Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x

Ingredients

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For the rice:

  • 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • Juice and zest from 1/2 of a lime
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the veggies:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1/2 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms

For the eggs:

  • 2 eggs
  • 3 ounces California Queso Blanco cheese or California Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Real California milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Toppings:

  • 1/4 cup California plain yogurt
  • Hot sauce or sriracha, optional

Instructions

  1. Make rice according to package instructions. Once cooked, mix in cilantro, lime juice, lime zest, butter and salt. Set aside.
  2. While rice is cooking, saute the vegetables. Heat oil in in large skillet and place over medium heat. Add bell pepper, onion and mushrooms. Saute 8-10 minutes until vegetables have softened. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Put same pan back on medium-heat and coat with cooking spray. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, 1 1/2 ounces California cheese, Real California milk and black pepper. Add to hot pan and scramble by stirring eggs fairly consistently until they are cooked through. Remove from heat.
  4. To assemble bowls, scoop rice into each bowl. Arrange sauteed vegetables in each bowl next to rice. Add eggs in each bowl next to vegetables. Top each bowl with remaining 1 1/2 ounces California cheese and a dollop of California plan yogurt. Top with hot sauce if desired.

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What I like about this recipe is you can certainly switch up the veggies -you don’t have to use the traditional onion, pepper, mushrooms associated with fajitas. Broccoli, carrots, asparagus or even roasted kale would be delicious too.

As for the rice, I always use a variety of brown rice for the higher fiber content -brown sushi rice, brown basmati rice and or brown jasmine rice are all great options.

For more delish recipes using California cheese, yogurt and cottage cheese, check out the ReDuxers’ posts below in the thumbnail photos.

Wake up your morning routine with a protein-packed Breakfast Fajita Bowl featuring Real California milk products #sponsored @tspbasil

What do you typically eat for breakfast? Do you ever include veggies in your morning meal?


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