Kale Breakfast Bowls

Ding, ding, ding! That’s the breakfast bell telling us we’re having kale…for breakfast!

Kale Breakfast Bowls

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.

Kale Breakfast Bowls

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.

Kale Breakfast Bowls

Eat your KALE!

Kale Breakfast Bowls

Kale Breakfast Bowls

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Author: Julia


  • 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

Optional Toppings:

  • Diced avocado
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Shredded parmesan or jack cheese


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


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  1. Sharon

    I’ll be adding those jazz hands in! I love spicy, eggy breakfast dishes! 🙂 I’m happy to hear you and kale have rekindled your relationship. You make a fabulous pair! 😉

  2. Julie

    Now you need to add to your t-shirts: In the morning. As in, Give ‘Em Kale In the Morning. I’ll add it to my t-shirt. With a sharpie. Meanwhile, I think that these ring more for a breakfast dinner. I do like my kale.

    1. Julia Post author

      Funny you mention the shirts – I have been meaning to update them and make some new ones. I’ll have to think about more good kale and/or kombucha-related lines to stamp on there 😀 #kaleforbreakfast #kalefordinner #kalefordays. Have a great weekend!!! xoxo

  3. Allison @ Clean Wellness

    You always come up with the most wonderfully inventive recipes every week! This looks so good! I love kale in my smoothies at breakfast, but I haven’t done a savoury dish like this before in the morning. I like to eat all my meals out of bowls, especially breakfast!

    And I’m sure you’ve mentioned this before, but is your book available to buy now? Or is there a release date? Thanks!

  4. Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    Maybe we should have special T-shirts for each kale meal, not just generic all occasion one? Color always plays a part with me. Kale is such a lovely shade of green. The yellow of the yolk and the green of the kale is a luscious color combo.

  5. Monet

    Hi Julia! Ryan and I just bought a bunch of kale from a local farmer. This couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. We’ll be making these bowls tomorrow!

  6. Joanne

    Well whatever you call it, I want a big bowl to start my day! Maybe the huevos rancher-ita kale bowl? I mean, that just sounds like a fiesta.


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