Yesterday I mentioned one of the things that is really working for me is eating a massive amount of vegetables. One of the ways I do this is to load up my breakfast with 3 – 4 servings of veggies through these “Veggie Breakfast Bowls.” This isn’t really a recipe so much as a method because you can use pretty much anything you want to create these bowls. I like to switch it up week to week based on what veggies I have on hand and so I don’t bored.
Aside from being loaded with veggies, one of the nice things about these veggie bowls is that you really can make everything in advance, throw the bowl together and pop it in the microwave for a couple minutes if you don’t have a lot of time to make breakfast in the morning.
So here’s how I roll in the mornings:
- First, grab a large-ish bowl and add about ½ c of your grain of your choice. This week I went with quinoa that I made ahead on Sunday, but in the past I’ve used grits, couscous, and even oatmeal. Since the grain was the only pre-made element of this morning’s breakfast, I just heated it in the microwave for 90 seconds. If the rest of your ingredients are pre-cooked microwave it all at the end.
- Next up, top the grains with 2 – 3 cups of veggies. This week I’ve been using about 1 c of slice baby bellas and 2 cups of spinach which I sauté together in a splash of olive oil. I’ve also used Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and leftover roasted veggies.
- Now top your veggies with an egg. I like to use over-easy or poached eggs so I get a nice runny yolk to mix in, but if runny egg yolks aren’t your thing you could definitely use scrambled or even hard boiled.
- Top it all with some cheese (or don’t). I bought a giant bag of Cabot 50% Reduced fat Sharp Cheddar Snackers at Costco a couple weeks ago so I crumble one of those on top. Feel free to add some salt, pepper, garlic powder, or other seasonings as well. Sometimes I do; sometimes I don’t.
- Finally, mix it all together and enjoy!
Depending on the grain I’m using, the whole bowl clocks in at 6 – 7 points plus and usually keeps me full for several hours. (I eat breakfast about 6:30am and generally don’t start getting hungry again until at least 10:30!)