This bowl started with a look in the fridge in an attempt to scrounge together something for breakfast. It was one of those days when the groceries were low, but "leftovers" of multiple items remained. Scraps of food in sandwich bags and half-filled containers were everywhere. It was a sight that would've triggered my tidy husband. I also was breaking out of the ordinary. No boxed cereal and milk today! No sad, stale breakfast bar because I’m feeling lazy! I shall innovate!! That's how this awesome mess happened.
Once I embarked, my mind just ran with it. There was no stopping. I was inspired to combine ingredients and toppings that don't normally pair together. Hence, "experiment". There were summer vegetables: julienned and spiralized zucchini, halved tomatoes, chopped spinach. There were eggs, the ever humble breakfast protein source. There were TOPPINGS. So many freaking toppings. Bacon (because eggs, duh), cacao nibs, bee pollen, dried lavender, pepitas, ginger, Korean BBQ sauce (???) pistachio oil (somebody stop me!). Fifteen minutes later, the bizarre breakfast bowl was born.
Here's the result. SHOCKER, the flavors didn't completely compliment each other. There was too much going on. I wasn’t a fan of the bitterness of the cacao mixed with the floral of the lavender, which possessed a bitterness of its own. Also, the BBQ made me question, “Why is this peculiar tasting?” However, I did finish the bowl. It was hearty, but not too heavy. My mind was clear afterward; there was no struggle with the ominous brain fog. I was satisfied for hours and avoided a blood sugar drop (applause). I did like it. The recipe is, for some reason, included below, in case you want to glean a few parts of it and leave the rest of that mess alone. Or you're adventurous and sometimes your judgement is questionable, so you want to try it.
The takeaway here is actually several reflections. Combining vegetables and eggs was a sound, no-brainer idea. The toppings were where I got carried away. Also that BBQ sauce. I don't really know what happened there. Be mindful of what flavors you want your meal to encompass. Try a few of them together before adding them to ensure that they'll pair well. Although, I didn't regret pairing what I did. It didn't totally work, but it was interesting, and I enjoyed it because of that aspect.
Be creative! Don't be afraid to take risks, even if that means the result doesn't work out like you expected. How do you know it won't be AMAZING until you try?? How will you be able to see the lessons in failure and grow if you stay in your comfort zone? Think of the skills, new knowledge, relationships, and stories you could acquire! Disclaimer: don't be stupid. But also, don't settle in your little safe bubble and be boring. Also realize that I typed most of this paragraph out because I am currently preaching to myself. Inspirational speech over. Muah! xoxo
An Experimental Breakfast Bowl W/ Summer Vegetables, Eggs, and Lime
- 1 zucchini, spiralized with leftovers julienned
- couple handfuls of cherry tomatoes, halved
- large handful of spinach, chopped
- 2 eggs
- 2 cooked bacon slices, chopped
- cacao nibs
- bee pollen
- grated fresh ginger
- korean BBQ sauce
- coconut oil
- pistachio oil
- salt + pepper
- 1/2 lime
Heat coconut oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Place zucchini in skillet with Korean BBQ sauce, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until starting to soften. Move zucchini to outer ring of the skillet to cook more slowly. In the inner circle of the skillet, arrange tomatoes cut side down . Cook for 5 minutes without disturbing. Crack eggs in the center of the tomatoes (Honestly guys, by this time, I was starving. I just did this to keep it all in one skillet and hurry the process.) Continue cooking until egg whites are set. Once all is finished, assemble bowls. Place zucchini and spinach in bowl, then top with the charred tomatoes. Place egg on top followed by a squeeze of lime, and add pinches of the toppings to your liking.