I'm a big fan of hot breakfasts, especially in winter when I crave something hot and hearty to kick off the day. One of my favorite hot breakfasts since high school is a bowl of brown rice and kidney beans topped with a fried egg. My dad used to make these breakfast bowls on weekends, and in recent years, I've kicked the bowl up a notch.
For a quick breakfast, I use a bag of microwavable brown rice to cut down on prep time. Kidney beans are cooked in a skillet just until heated through along with minced shallot, crushed garlic, salt, and pepper. So simple, but a delicious and flavorful breakfast bowl base.
Add the brown rice to the bottom of a bowl, then top with the cooked kidney beans. Sprinkle shredded cheddar immediately over top so the heat of the rice and beans melts the cheese. Drizzle salsa verde over the melted cheese, then add a fried egg over top to finish off the breakfast bowl.
I prefer an over easy egg for my breakfast bowl. Once slice of the egg with a fork breaks the yolk, and a good stir combines all the ingredients together into a savory breakfast with a kick.
For more protein boost, you can use quinoa instead of brown rice. You could also add sausage, ham, crumbled bacon, or another meaty protein of choice. Instead of a fried egg, you could top the bowl with a poached egg. Egg-Free? Top with scrambled tofu or crispy tofu. Make the bowl your own!
Cook brown rice according to package directions. Set aside and keep warm. (As a short cut, you can use a freezer bag of brown rice and steam cook in the microwave).
In a medium-sized skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add minced shallot and cook until softened, 2-3 minutes. Add the kidney beans, season with salt and pepper, crushed garlic, and cook for 5 minutes until heated through.
As beans are cooking, fry to eggs in a separate skillet.
Divide rice and beans between two bowls. Top the beans and rice with cheese, salsa verde, and fried egg. Enjoy immediately.
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