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Be Bop Breakfast

We are so nutrition nerdy at Bastyr University that the students make "I Love Kale" t-shirts and sell out.  I have combined this super vegetable with brown rice, egg and condiments to make this take-off on the traditional Korean Be Bim Bop.

From Feeding the Young Athlete (by Cynthia Lair; Readers to Eaters, 2012)

2-3 tablespoons butter, divided
2-3 scallions, chopped
2 cups cooked brown rice
4-5 kale
leaves, cut into ribbons
2 eggs

Apple cider vinegar
Kim chee
or sauerkraut
Thai chili sauce

Get out a big skillet, cast iron
is perfect.  Heat it up.  Put about 2 teaspoons of butter in it and add scallions.  When they are bright green, add the cooked rice.  Shovel it around until it is thoroughly heated.  Divide rice and put into 2 large bowls.  Sprinkle rice with a little bit of tamari if desired.

Put 2 more teaspoons of butter in the skillet.  Add kale and toss until the kale is starting to wilt and glistening.  Put two tablespoons of water on the kale and cover until water is gone and kale is tender.  Divide kale into the bowls with the rice.  Sprinkle kale with a little bit of vinegar if desired.

Add remaining butter to skillet and heat until it sizzles a little.  Break eggs into skillet.  When whites are no longer transparent, flip each egg.  Up to you how long to let the egg cook.  I like my yolk think but moving, which means about one minute or less on the flipped side.

Put one over-easy egg into each bowl.  Add a tablespoon or two of kim chee or sauerkraut.  Dress all with a tiny trail of Thai chili sauce.  Have a super-charged morning.

Preparation time: 12-15 minutes
Makes 2 servings

Copyright 2010, C. Lair. Original recipe.


Cindy W
Just watched this and thought, hey, I've got some leftover rice and cabbage and eggs. . . So, I made some for lunch (which I'm munching on right now). I am sadly out of kale, but I did slice up some cabbage and onions and tossed in just a bit of spinach. Very yummy and satisfying! Thanks for sharing the technique. :) cindy
February 24, 2010, 1:20 pm

Christin M
I just had eggs and greens this mornin! I feel amazing when I do that combo or banana,peanut butter and some strong coffee!
February 24, 2010, 1:22 pm

Carlene Bode
I look forward to your email and video every week and often share with family and friends. I love this week's episode! Your recipes are always wonderful...can't wait to try this week's! Thank you, thank you!
February 24, 2010, 1:26 pm

Loren Kaplan
Wow, I am going to make this RIGHT NOW! I happen to have left-over brown rice and some kale from my garden, and I am so excited!!! I think I'll add some toasted sesame oil, too. (I love Bi BIm Bop. love it.)
February 24, 2010, 1:33 pm

Minda Coombs
I'll put poached eggs on mixed grains, or on swiss chard, but I haven't put them all together. The condiments will add some flavor - thanks! Love your videos. I, as well as my friend, am hooked on the Massaged Kale salad. So great.
February 24, 2010, 2:29 pm

Kelli Abrahamian
ALL of my favorite things!! I going to make this for dinner tonight. So happy to have found your's wonderful, entertaining and full of great information. Keep it up :)
February 24, 2010, 2:58 pm

Jenn Docherty
yum! This looks delicious. I've been meaning to eat greens for breakfast more often, and I'm definitely going to make this!
February 24, 2010, 5:34 pm

Gail Cunningham
Yes! I love kale for breakfast. One of my favorites is to saute/braise the kale like you did, adding some chopped fresh tomatoes in the last few minutes. They topping it all with a fried egg. I like to sprinkle gomasio (sesame seeds and nori) over the top, with a shake or two of Marie Sharp's hot sauce. I'm trying to get our local healthy food cafe (Real Foods Cafe on Bainbridge Island) to add sauted greens as an option to their phenomenal breakfast dish of shredded beets and sweet potatoes that have been sauted and topped with bacon pieces and a fried egg. It's wonderful, but a bed of greens under it would make an amazing powerhouse breakfast. Can wait to try your be bop! Whole food nerds unite!
February 24, 2010, 6:11 pm

Lisa Estes Vanlue
I recently found your website as a devoted Bastyr prospective. I have been living in South Korea for the past year and a half and love bibimbap! Thanks for sharing this delicious and nutritious is great any time of the day!
February 26, 2010, 5:16 am

Claudia Fuller
Oh yum! After reading your recipe and viewing the great video earlier this week I created a plan for my Saturday breakfast. Got some organic kale at the store, check. Cooked brown rice to go with roast chicken the other night, check. Found a can of sauerkraut in the cupboard, check I'll try making my own soon. No Thai chili sauce, but had paste which served as a good substitute mixed with the kale. This morning asked my husband if he wanted a Be Bop Breakfast. Not interested, he'd have cereal. Started cooking. Not too long after he poured his milk onto his cereal I sat down to my breakfast. Ohhh, that looks and smells good, says he. It was better than good. Thanks for introducing me to a killer breakfast, or lunch, or dinner idea. Love your videos and recipes. As someone who's been cooking for a lot of years, it's refreshing to learn new ideas for healthy eating.
February 27, 2010, 10:22 am

Crystal Coan
Wonderful video. never know how to spice up my boring breakfast. trying this as soon as i hit the market. Very funny ending also. Loved it.
March 1, 2010, 12:57 pm

Victoria Hansson
I have been eating hearty greens for breakfast for a few years now.....didn't know anyone else did too! Just found the web site and love it! Cynthia, you have been one of my favorites for years now. Thanks for all you teach us all!
March 2, 2010, 8:42 am

Kelly Parr
a-HA!It's not breakfast time but I am eating KALE this very moment! yummmm... see me dehydrate it too! ...
March 2, 2010, 2:26 pm

Wow, I made this for breakfast this morning and I really do feel supercharged! Your show has totally made me fall in love with kale. Where can I get an I Love Kale T-shirt? =) Thanks for the great recipes, I'm totally eating healthier and having more fun in the kitchen because of you.
March 3, 2010, 9:34 am

Steve K
I cooked this up right after my wife left for work this morning. I don't know why you don't want me to share it with her. I think she'd really like it. I thought it was delicious!!!
March 4, 2010, 12:00 pm

Leo Lopez
I dont have a cast iron pan, can i use a regular fry pan? any suggestion for a good cast iron pan?
March 6, 2010, 1:23 pm

Cynthia Lair
Hi Leo, Any skillet will do. Cast iron skillets are pretty inexpensive. We have one for sale in our cookus store at this link:
March 6, 2010, 1:54 pm

Tomena Reed
I admit I've never done kale...BUT I do eat brocolli, zuchinni, cabbage, spinach.... all with eggs... my fave is with black beans, brown rice and a corn tortilla and some fresh made salsa. Yum...LOVE your site. My kids and I always watch your web show (I have 5 under 10). My little girl calls Yaki Soba...Yucky Sofa. THanks!
March 10, 2010, 7:57 pm

Michelle Cannon
I have long loved the breakfast of a poached egg on top of a bed of sauteed kale (with oil and balsamic vinegar), but never thought to add rice to it. But I am now a convert. Hail to the hearty breakfast!
March 18, 2010, 7:33 am

Shawn Knudeson
Greens For Breakfast!! This morning I made a delicious creamy green soup by simmering mixed greens (chard, kale, beet, etc.) with some carrots, snap peas, garlic and beets in chicken broth (I use the Imagine brand, SO much tastier than Pacific IMHO - try it!) until tender, then whizzing in the Vita Mix w/a couple more cloves of fresh garlic. Into the serving bowls as garnish I added a few dabs of stoneground mustard and a healthy sprinkling of brewer's yeast. SO GOOD!!! And like you said - great energy all morning. Thanks for your great show! I love watching it - always get a good laugh - and come away smiling. Peace, Shawn
April 26, 2010, 8:28 pm

Laura Feola
This is now my favorite breakfast - delicious. I have a very general question, inspired by your recipes: Can you recommend a good, basic nutrition book for a family? I would like to be able to understand more about what I'm cooking and to say something other than 'It's good for you, I hear' when my husband asks why I cook all these greens. Thank you.
May 11, 2010, 2:25 pm

tyler Cook
HOLY MOLY! this recipe is awesome! i can't keep my cat off the table, sometimes i take the leftovers for lunch and i usually add some feildroast! yummm!
May 16, 2010, 7:16 pm

This is always a favorite - I'm currently trying to lose weight and following a lower calorie plan, so to shave off some calories I did 1/2 a cup of cooked quinoa mixed with the green onion heated in the microwave (not fried), did the kale as in the original recipe, and did 2 poached eggs for more protein and less fat, plus the soy sauce, apple cider, kim chi, and I added Sriracha hot sauce. This came out to 444 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 11 grams of protein - yay!
June 22, 2010, 5:52 pm

Ashley Serafin
This recipe is incredible. We eat kale and eggs for breakfast several days a week, but this combo with the rice and condiments was soooo delicious. Many thanks!
June 26, 2010, 10:10 am

Yeah! Lots of kale in my garden, thanks to my good friend, M. Kale pesto, now be bop breakfast today! I made it with leftover yummy! Love watching the videos before I make your recipes...They are so great!
July 12, 2010, 8:18 am

My husband used to make a similar breakfast all the time but we poached the eggs! delish
September 12, 2010, 8:51 pm

I have another yummy kale for breakfast recipe - eggs Florentine, but with kale instead of spinach. I use a multigrain English muffin, kale with some apple cider vinegar, poaches eggs, and a little dollop of Dijon mustard (I haven't figured out Hollandaise sauce). I agree, greens for breakfast always keep me energized throughout the day. =)
September 14, 2010, 11:38 am

Jessica Hutchind
OH MY GOODNESS!!! This was so good, and easy too. I love it, and better yet, my husband loved it! I am trying so hard to keep our meals healthy, but it usually doesn't go over well. He raved about this though. Thank you so much for the video. I love your site!
December 17, 2010, 9:20 am

jean stangarone
Cynthia, This is an awesome breakfast. I'm hooked on this type of food. It was so delicious. Any chance you'll be visiting NY soon?
December 29, 2010, 8:49 am

Annie Moore
while watching this video my 7yr old daughter was totally perplexed that you would eat cooked greens for breakfast. (we do green smoothies, but my kids are pretty skeptical about other usage of greens) But after watching it through she asked if we could try it tomorrow! I think we are going to watch a few more videos!
December 29, 2010, 10:26 am

JC Danis
I LOVE greens for breakfast. I started this summer when there was surplus in the garden and I crave them now:)
January 12, 2011, 2:54 pm

Becca Knox
I've been enjoying this for breakfast too - thanks Cynthia! A few drops of toasted sesame oil really zings up the kale and I like to add cold shredded carrots or zucchini after it's all in the bowl. Yum!
January 27, 2011, 12:20 pm

I eat greens at breakfast all the time! I make a breakfast that's really similar to this, except I make savory oatmeal and usually use spinach or chard. Same whole grain, green, and egg combo though. One of my favorite things is that I can vary the seasoning. Sometimes I'll put nori and sesame furikake, or cajun spice, or curry powder. Sometimes I'll use a little parmesan cheese. The possibilities are endless! I'm going to try this Korean inspired version the next time I have brown rice leftover.
March 7, 2011, 2:52 pm

Karla Tobey
Dude! This was insanely delicious. Made this just last weekend for our giant moving bonanza. My girls (1.5yrs. & 5.5yrs.) devoured their breakfasts. Thanks for all the fresh ideas!
June 7, 2011, 11:58 pm

Patrick Belardo
Looking forward to trying this. Bi bim bap (seems to be spelled differently in places) is one of my favorites and is comfort food to me.
July 13, 2011, 10:48 am

Maren Patterson
I have a gluten & dairy allergy and am very much enjoying your site! Since I was having trouble finding recipes that avoid both, I started a blog and have just re-posted your super yummy BeBop breakfast (minus butter, add olive oil)! What a great recipe! Thank you so much for sharing!
October 24, 2011, 11:14 am

Wendy Allred
Yes, I frequently put kale into my morning smoothie.
December 12, 2011, 6:10 am

Janey Sea
I'm one of those nerdy people who eats savory green vegetables for breakfast! Glad to meet another!
February 29, 2012, 10:38 pm

Sarah Collins
So delicious! My two year old (who has not been into eggs lately) devoured this! I love you site and tips.
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