Vegan Breakfast Burritos

I like being awake when nobody else is. It’s the only time when your time is really your own, because it would be unreasonable for anyone who’s still asleep to expect anything of you.

But 6:30 comes fast, and the rest of the world inevitably wakes up too.

Vegan Tofu Scramble Breakfast Burrito

And New York mornings are like nothing I’ve ever experienced. They are brutal and here’s why.
It’s freezing outside, but unbearably hot in the subways, and everyone is trapped in these giant coats that look like sleeping bags. Nobody is talking, yet it is somehow extremely loud. There are rats. It is dirty. It smells. Everyone is playing Candy Crush, which doesn’t really affect me but still seems bad.
The  harsh flourescent lighting forces you to see everyone at their worst, which is unnecessary because I’m pretty sure everyone’s already doing that anyway. Flaws have absolutely nowhere to hide when you’re standing two inches away from everyone.
All standard expectations for personal space disappear the moment you enter the train. You can’t move your arms, and you are touching at least 5 other people in a way that would get you arrested if you were above ground. Just when it feels like it would be physically impossible to make room for even one more person, three or four otherwise dignified looking men in suits shamelessly force their way into the pile of bodies. That sounds morbid, but at the same time it’s very accurate.
I do not feel very human at 8am on the six train.

Vegan Tofu Scramble Breakfast Burritos

But don’t let that ruin your morning. And especially don’t let it ruin your breakfast. The weather’s getting cold, which means it’s time to stop drinking smoothies and start eating actual hot meals before 9am. These scrambled tofu breakfast burritos are the perfect winter breakfast with healthy, filling ingredients. They’re so packed with protein that thinking about them makes me want to collect firewood or do some other strenuous and seasonal activity.
 Lots of people dislike tofu, but this recipe transforms the typical block of soy into a crumbly base for vegetables, mimicking the scrambled egg texture most people know and love.
These burritos are slightly spicy and taste like something you’d eat at a restaurant, which is actually where I got the idea. The vegan restaurant I photograph and write for in Connecticut, ION Restaurant, serves the absolute best vegan breakfast burritos on Sunday mornings. I promise that even when you make these at home, you’ll still want to go visit ION and eat another.

Scrambled Tofu


Recipe Adapted from ION Restaurant


  • 1 pound extra firm tofu, pressed and cut into cubes
  • 4 whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil


Optional ingredients to sub/add:

  • black beans
  • avocado
  • tomato
  • siracha
  • tempeh bacon
  • vegan cheese
  • black olives
  1. Sautee onions and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for two minutes.
  2. Add red pepper, mushrooms and tofu. Sautee for 5-6 more minutes, crumbling the tofu as you stir. Add spinach last.
  3. Stir in spices, remove from heat, and place filling in pre-warmed, whole wheat wraps.
  4. Serve with hot sauce and enjoy!


Vegan Tofu Scramble Breakfast Burritos

Here’s the video of ION Restaurant in Middletown, Connecticut.

Go visit and tell them I said hi!



  1. says

    i get up at 5:15 every morning just to savor those moments alone. it’s my favorite time of day. so full of hope and possibilities.

    i love your account of the ny rush hour. i know i’m crazy, but one of my dreams is to live in new york and work at one of the art museums. i kind of want to be part of the hustle and bustle. side note- so awesome you were able to find a job so soon after moving there! (besides the ion job, of course!)

    i’m not a tofu person, but tofu scrambles always look sooo appealing to me, and i was never a scrambled eggs kinda girl. the added spiciness really makes me want to try it….

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