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Bean & Egg Breakfast Bowl
I was reminded recently about the many health benefits of beans, so I’ve been trying to incorporate them more into our day to day meals. I’m happy to report I have decided on my favorite way to do it. As many of the best recipes tend to come about, this happened on one of those unassuming cleaning out the fridge days that resulted in an accidental delight. It’s not that this recipe is all that unique. It’s the fact that this specific combination of ingredients collided into a combination I might not have thought of if left to the limitless scope of my imagination. With beans I tend to go red chile all the way. I’m not sure why exactly, it’s just where my taste buds tend to take me. This is a journey to the green side: green bell peppers, smokey green chile powder, green onions, jalapeno and cilantro. I can’t remember the last time we enjoyed a more satisfying and hearty breakfast.
For the eggs, prepare them however you like them best. My favorite way to cook beans is the easiest, in what I like to call “the night shift”. After dinner, I throw everything into the slow cooker and let them cook on low overnight. They can easily be cooked on the stove top for a number of hours, or even an instant pot, although I haven’t ventured to that new world of kitchen gadgetry quite yet. The fact that they are fully cooked and piping hot when we wake up is also probably why this is my favorite breakfast to eat in the winter.
Bean & Egg Breakfast Bowl
Yield: 6 servings
2 T. olive oil
1 large sweet onion, diced
4 spring onions or scallions, sliced
5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 carrots, diced
3 celery heart stalks & leaves, diced
2 green bell peppers, seeded and diced
1 bunch of cilantro leaves, sliced
green chile powder, to taste
7 cups of vegetable or chicken broth
6 eggs, poached, scrambled, sunny side up, over easy, etc. (however you like them best)
Salt and pepper, as needed
Turn your slow cooker on high, add the oil and let heat for a few minutes. Add the sweet onion, spring onion, garlic, carrots, celery, green bell peppers, cilantro and green chile powder. Rinse the dried beans and spread them out so you can carefully pick out any rocks or debris. Now add the beans and broth. Cover and when you notice the beans come to a simmer, lower the heat to low. Cover and cook overnight.
The next morning when your entire home smells incredible, carefully remove the lid, give the beans a stir and add salt, pepper and chile powder as needed. Spoon into bowls and top with an egg.
When ideas knock do you answer?
Most of us would probably like to think we would welcome a new idea with open arms…but it’s not always easy.
When the idea for Stokli came around we were planning and dreaming about other things. We knew we wanted to support regional growers and makers, but we didn’t land on what we call our “heartbeat of how” until the final weeks before launching in late November. (What’s our heartbeat of how? It’s the itty bitty mighty detail that keeps us moving forward every day: small producers keep 100% the retail price for their goods).
While the pandemic has brought too much heartbreak, it has also brought a light to shine in corners we didn’t notice before. Because of the past year we noticed growers and makers of dry goods spread out across the Southwest working to find a way to sell their goods. Some folks excel at wearing all the hats. No matter what, it’s freaking hard. Then add the challenge that comes when quality craftsmanship meets global supply chain competitors. It’s a stacked deck. The kind of deck stacking that can only be undone through community.
We may be small, but we are growing inch by inch because of you. Because of our members, we were able to pay over $6000 to our first group of small producers that we carry in the shop. This was them getting full retail price for their goods. This was them keeping 100% of their profit. So they can keep going, so they can have more autonomy, so they can GROW.
We are so grateful we followed this little breadcrumb of an idea, because it led us to being here with all of you today.