Featuring asparagus & eggs and loaded with both probiotic and prebiotic foods, this kimchi breakfast bowl recipe is an amazingly delicious and comforting way to start the day.
This is for sure my new favorite go-to breakfast (or lunch). It's warm, savory and immensely satisfying any day of the week--and, it's super fast with only one pan required!
The key to this recipe is to keep some leftover rice on hand, as well as a jar of kimchi which is widely available now at Whole Foods and other health-food type stores or Asian markets. I always have a jar in the fridge just in case I don't have any homemade kimchi ready to go.
If you have these things on hand, plus eggs and asparagus (or any other veggies), you can have this breakfast bowl ready from fridge to table in 10 minutes tops.
Meet asparagus, a fabulous prebiotic vegetable
So we're all familiar with probiotic foods like yogurt which contain live cultures and help maintain or improve the natural ecosystem of our gut microbiome.
But, these living microbes need to eat too...and we can feed them by including lots of prebiotic foods in our diet. Prebiotics are specialized fibers that feed the good guys.
There are some common prebiotic foods like onions and garlic, and some less common such as Jerusalem artichokes.
And then there are others like asparagus which, at least for me, just don't come to mind often enough to incorporate into meal planning. At least, until I knew of its prebiotic benefits--now I try to use it OFTEN. 🙂
And then we have kimchi -- my favorite probiotic food
I ❤️ kimchi. I don't know why, but the more I have it the more I crave its spicy complex flavor. So I'm trying to incorporate it into new recipes in interesting (and obviously delicious) ways.
And the first time I had eggs with kimchi is was kind of revelatory. So unexpectedly good. I know it may sound a little weird at first if you haven't tried that combo, but trust me on this one. 😉
Oh ghee oh my
And ghee (pronounced "gee") is my favorite new way to fry eggs. You could totally substitute regular butter or any other fat you prefer (coconut oil works well too in this recipe). But I just love the rich nuttiness that is ghee, and it's much easier to NOT burn than butter due to its higher smoke point (like coconut oil).
After about a minute of frying the egg in ghee/butter/oil over medium heat you can go ahead and throw in the trimmed asparagus for another minute while the egg finishes up. I like to cook asparagus only minimally to preserve as much of the prebiotic benefit as possible before the fibers start breaking down.
And lastly, a secret ingredient: coconut aminos. I LOVE its savory but also sweet flavor as a complement to the spicy kimchi. A perfectly acceptable substitute would be tamari or soy sauce--it's just saltier due to the higher sodium content. I just pour a little coconut amino liquid over the rice and asparagus as I assemble it all in a serving bowl. Perfection.
And there you have it. A scrumptious breakfast bowl recipe that combines super gut healthy foods. Bon appétit!
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Kimchi Breakfast Bowl
- 1 cup cooked white rice or brown rice
- 6 thin spears asparagus
- 1 tablespoon ghee or butter; use coconut oil for dairy-free
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos or tamari or soy sauce
- ⅓ cup kimchi confirm it's vegetarian if that's a requirement as most kimchi brands contain fish sauce; I used Sunja's Medium Spicy Kimchi
- pinch sea salt to taste
- pinch freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Prep: Warm the rice and trim the asparagus. Preheat a large skillet to medium heat and add ghee to coat.
- Cook: Once the ghee is shimmering, crack the egg, cover the pan to avoid spattering and cook for about a minute. Then, add the asparagus spears to the skillet alongside the egg and re-cover the pan. Cook another 1-2 minutes or until the egg white sets.
- Serve: Place the rice in a serving bowl. Remove the skillet from the heat, drizzle a little of the coconut aminos over the asparagus, and the rest over the rice. Use a metal spatula to carefully scrape under the egg and lay it over the rice, followed by the asparagus and kimchi. Serve immediately, and enjoy!