Superfood Breakfast Tacos

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My mom’s cure-all for eating too much sugar or drinking too much caffeine is eating a raw carrot. When pressed for the reasoning behind the carrot, she says, “I don’t know, it just works. Want me to get you a carrot?” This is a conversation that happens regularly between my mother and I. “blllllluuuuuuuuuuuur I think I made the coffee too strong this morning.” “eat a carrot” “seriously?” “yup, it helps when you’re over-caffeinated” “how come carrots help?” “I dunno, they just do. Works every time.”

Once, after I enjoyed myself a peanut butter milkshake (PBM, giggity giggity) followed by brownies, graham crackers and more PBM, my mother suggested the carrot. Whether or not the carrot works is erroneous but the placebo effect is extraordinary. If carrots could Edit Undo my entire holiday season, I’d be a carrot farmer, I tell you what!

I’m no nutritionist but I do believe whole foods have healing powers. The earth provides natural medicine, so when you’re missing something, let the earth give it to you. Easier said than done…typically when I feel like I’m missing something, I O.D. on crunchy chips and Desperate Housewives, which is exactly why you should take anything that sounds life-coach-ish on this blog with a grain of salt. But don’t take the food with a grain of salt – the food needs much more than one grain and should be taken with the siriosity of an out-of-control freight train.  Cereal? Cereal.

Superfood Breakfast Tacos

This is where I talk about nutrition. What are you getting in a Superfood Breakfast Taco? Almost everything. Kale + Sweet Potato + Avocado + Tomato = Vitamins K, A, C, B2, B6, manganese, folate, fiber, and healthy omega fats.  Eggs + Black beans = protein, more folate and fiber. Corn tortillas = whole grains. Cheese = flavor…yum! Put it all together and you get a powerhouse breakfast with whole foods that work together to ensure maximum nutrient absorption, stimulate metabolism and boost immune system. Throw in a side of orange slices and you win at life.  WIN!

Instead of focusing on subtracting from our diet, we can instead think about adding. Adding some carrot crunching and root roasting is very easy, affordable and builds a healthful lifestyle. Over-sugared or caffeinated? Crunch a carrot, superfood a taco. You’ll feel great lickety split!

Superfood Breakfast Tacos

Superfood Breakfast Tacos

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed or olive oil
  • 1 small sweet potato, chopped into ¼” pieces
  • ½ small yellow onion, diced
  • ½ head dino kale (or kale of choice), stems discarded and leaves chopped
  • 9 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • Cheddar cheese
  • 6 corn tortillas

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, heat the grapseed oil to just above medium heat. Saute onion and sweet potato until sweet potato is al dente, about 15 to 18 minutes. Add salt, black pepper and curry powder a few minutes in. If necessary, add a few tablespoons of water periodically in order to help steam the sweet potato.
  2. Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk to scramble. Set aside.
  3. Remove the stems on the kale leaves and chop the leaves.
  4. Wrap the tortillas in aluminum foil and put them in the oven at 350 degrees until they’re hot, about 7 minutes.
  5. Heat the can of black beans in a sauce pan over medium low heat.
  6. Once the sweet potatoes are cooked to desired level of “doneness”, add the kale leaves and mix in. Allow kale leaves to soften, about 45 seconds.
  7. Pour eggs evenly over the veggies and allow to cook a minute. Using a spatula, flip the eggs/veggies over on top of themselves so that everything stays clumped together. Cook about 2 minutes. Repeat several times until eggs are cooked all the way.
  8. Time to prepare your tacos! Remove the tortillas from the aluminum foil, sprinkle them with cheese, then add black beans, scrambled eggs/veggies and top with diced tomato and avocado. Enjoy your filling, nutritious breakfast!

Notes

These are great with salsa on top, too! If you like sour cream, add plain greek yogurt for a healthier option!

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Superfood Breakfast Tacos

Comments

  1. says

    Such true words and these breakfast tacos make me miss Austin. They were everywhere! We just need to make these at home. Thank you for sharing with us. I hope you have a great start to your week. Stay healthy, happy, and warm!

  2. says

    What beautiful pictures, Julia! I think I naturally turn to greens when I over eat sweet- never experiencing anything so positive as what your mom claims with a carrot. I’m seriously going to try it out! These look really delicious. I’ve never made breakfast tacos before, but I love the idea of getting that many veggies in so early in the day (other than the same old smoothie!) Great recipe!

    • Julia says

      Thanks Annie and I know you’ll love the tacos! They’re absolutely delicious and nothing but great for you! We typically eat veggies at every meal, so kale ends up in our eggs pretty much every morning – it really is a wonderful way to start the day, though a green smoothie is delicious too!

    • Julia says

      Yaaaay, glad ya like them and hope you try them! They’re easy peasy and so nutritious! Mom’s really are amazing…I feel so lucky to have my momma to give me advice and feed my over ice-creamed tummy carrots :)

  3. says

    I happen to think that a glass of pineapple + kale juice (fresh pressed in your juicer) is the Edit Undo of my life. Love that phrase now :)

    These look great for breakfast! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. says

    I am definitely going to try that carrot trick! The only problem is…now I’m thinking, hmm, I can totally have a burger and fries for dinner, and feel fine as long as I eat a carrot after! If only the carrot erased calories too :)

    I love this taco combination. I am a huge fan of the sweet potato and black bean combo!

  5. says

    I love your concept of adding healthier foods, instead of subtracting food! These are happening in our house, my guy has a breakfast burrito every morning before work …I think I can get him to sneak in some veggies for me now :) meanwhile…I’m having a carrot ;)

  6. says

    Haha! I’m going to have to try incorporating more raw diet into my diet ;). Moms know best.
    These nutrient-dense bfast tacos are sure to get the day started on a right note. But who says bfast tacos are just for bfast. These will be great any time of the day! Wonderful recipe! Thanks for sharing.

  7. says

    Julia…this is a fabulous breakfast idea. It really takes the hum drum out of a weekday breakfast. I usually just have oatmeal or I grab a yogurt and a piece of fruit as I’m rushing out the door. But this seems easy to throw together and packed with so much flavor! And while I’m out picking up the ingredients for this tasty taco….I think I’ll grab a bunch of carrots, too! ; – }

  8. Jaimie says

    I love this recipe, but I have one question: why grapeseed oil? And by the way, apples are my carrots. I think it probably truly has to do with the hydration factor. Too much alcohol/caffeine/chocolate? Water will help, and both have that.

    • Julia says

      Apples are a great one, too :) I use grapeseed oil in most of my cooking, and in each instance, it can be replaced with olive oil (and sometimes coconut oil). Grapeseed oil has a much more neutral taste than olive oil (I like this) and also has a much higher smoking point. I read once that grapeseed oil has higher omega 6s than olive, but I’m not sure how accurate that is. It also has fewer calories :)

  9. Julia says

    Awwww! I’ll tell her right now! So glad you’re feeling better and thanks for letting me know! Mom tricks are the best!!

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