Updated: Jul 12
This delicious protein bowl was inspired by my quarantine-laden canned goods. It's hearty and for being "canned beans" pretty damn good. Beans are packed with nutrients: protein, carbohydrates, folate, and iron, not to mention they are one of the oldest cultivated plants. Archeologists uncovered them in the tombs of ancient Egyptian Kings -- a fitting food for the departed and their afterlife feast. As a child beans were a weekly staple in the Nieves household. The beauty of this recipe is that you can create the bean base and store it for a few days should you wish to repeat it. Brunch like a Pharaoh!
Yields: 4 Time: 20 min
1/2 sweet onion
4 cloves garlic
1/4 cup red peppers
1/4 cup green peppers
1 tbsp tomato paste
4 chicken sausages with jalapeño Monterey jack cheese (optional)
1 cup pea shoots (can sub for any leafy greens i.e. spinach, arugula, etc...)
1 cup chicken stock
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 cans pinto beans
4 poached eggs (or fried)
1 tbsp vinegar
In a pan heat vegetable oil to high heat and add your sausages. Rotate to brown evenly for roughly 5 min, then remove and cool.
In a new 10-11 inch skillet, heat the oil and saute the onions for 3 minutes over medium-high heat. Turn heat to medium and add the garlic. Saute until fragrant and golden, stirring often, and then add the peppers. Bring heat to medium and sweat for 3 minutes with peppers.
Add two spoons of tomato paste, beans, and chicken stock. Cook beans for about 5-8 min. (if using spinach, add at this time). Option to make little wells into the beans and fry eggs directly into them. If not take a small saucepot, fill with water, and bring it to a boil. Add tbsp vinegar to pot, and stir with a spatula or wooden spoon to create a spiral well, crack the egg in the center of the well and let it form for about 3 min. Remove with a ladle and place gently on a plate. Repeat for the desired amount of poached eggs.
For your garnished greens you can refresh them with some lemon, or olive oil with salt. Slice sausages, and avocado. Assemble.