The Ultimate Breakfast Bowl
If you are anything like me breakfast growing up was full of 'breakfast' foods, and by that I mean commercially and successfully marketed breakfast cereals and the like. As I got older I found I was not a fan of eating in the morning, I naturally was not hungry - which definitely did not fit in the paradigm we must eat once we wake to have energy.
In an attempt to get healthier with my food in my mid twenties I focused on eating regularly and always eating breakfast, usually overnight oats - no commercial cereals this time but still what was probably my least nutrient dense meal of the day.
Now the word breakfast merely defines the time that I choose to break my fast from yesterdays last meal, there is no limits to what can be eaten. My ultimate breaky bowl is a great nutrient dense choice for breakfast.
Handful rocket, washed
Handful baby spinach, washed
5 green beans, cut into thirds
2 tbsp parsley and coriander pesto **
2 slice halloumi
1 poached egg
100g smoked salmon
Salt & pepper to taste
** Parsley and Coriander Pesto
1 bunch parsley
1 bunch corianader
1/2 bunch kale (stalks removed)
2 tbsp organic tahini
50g walnuts (spray free)
1 clove garlic
3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
+ Add all ingredients to a blender and blend, slowly adding in the oil to form a smooth paste. Season to taste. Will keep in fridge in air tight container for around a week.
+ Place all your greens in the bowl (you can totally swap these out for any combination you have on hand, a mixture is always nice for different textures)
+ To poach the egg, I use a method learnt from the amazing Sarah Wilson which you can read here. I honestly could never poach an egg before I followed her method, so if you struggle too then check it out! Otherwise poach however tickles your fancy.
+ Grease small pan with a tsp of grass fed butter (always look for grass fed) and pan fry the halloumi until golden on each side. Length of time will depend on thickness and texture of the slices. My favourite halloumi is without a doubt Aphrodite, a goats and ewes milk cheese out of Cyprus, readily available in most Coles.
+ Now assemble. Add the salmon, egg, avocado, halloumi, pesto and sprinkle with some seeds or micro herbs to garnish.
+ Added bonus - top with a tsp or two of fermented vegetables to really supercharge this meal and add in a healthy whack of good gut bacteria. If you like spice opt for Kimchi as it has a nice kick. Enjoy!