Ding, ding, ding! That’s the breakfast bell telling us we’re having kale…for breakfast!
Ever since kale and I renewed our vows, the leafy greenage has made its way back into my breakfast life. Because I love eating piles of vegetables no matter the time of day, I have no qualms about getting my rise and shine on with a steamy pile of egg-topped kale. Not only am I qualm-less, but I embrace the morning veg because a nice clean brekkie makes you feel like a million buckeroos.
As I mentioned last week, I took a brief (if one could call 5 months, “brief”) hiatus from kale after submitting my second cookbook, Let Them Eat Kale! to my publisher. While I was developing recipes for the book, my relationship with kale was hot and heavy. I thought it only natural that we should take a break to come up for air. Welp, break’s over, folks! Kale and I are back at it, morning day and night.
Chop, chop, chop. Sauté, sauté, sauté. Million buckeroos.
These breeeffest bowls. I wanted to name them Fajita Breakfast Bowls with Kale. Or Kale Fajita Breakfast Bowls. And then I was all, “wait a tick. If these are fajita bowls, where’s the beef? Where are all the ‘tillas? The side o’ rice and refried beans?” It then dawned on me that a bell pepper does not a fajita bowl make. So I scratched the fajita. But the bowl does taste like a fajita. Minus the beef, tortillas, rice, refried beans, and cheese. Nevermind.
If you’re feeling like you need to add some jazz hands to this breakfast bowl, you can throw in some black beans, salsa, guacamole, and even top it off with cheese. This is how we turn the non-fajita fajita bowl into the huebos rancheros kale bowl. Are you sick of me comparing my bowl of kale to Mexican food? Are you now craving a meal that bears no resemblance to this one? Don’t do that. Come back to me.
Eat your KALE!
Kale Breakfast Bowls
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed or olive oil
- 1 red onion sliced
- 1 red bell pepper cut into matchsticks
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 head lacinato kale dino
- 4 to 8 eggs (sunny side up fried, or poached)
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- Diced avocado
- Shredded parmesan or jack cheese
In a large skillet, heat the oil to medium. Add the red onion, bell pepper, and chili powder and sauté, stirring frequently, about 8 minutes. You want the veggies to be softened but still al dente.
Add the chopped kale leaves, stir to combine, and cook an additional 3 minutes or until kale has wilted. Add salt and black pepper to taste.
Serve your veggies with your choice of sunny side up, fried, or poached eggs on top. You can also add sliced avocado, salsa, guacamole, or sprinkle some cheese on top. Maybe throw in a tortilla...maybe some refried beans.