Healthy Rice Bowl with Kale, Red Pepper and Egg

Healthy Rice Bowl with Kale, Red Pepper, and Egg

Do you have recipes that are special to you not only for their taste, but for the people your shared them with?

This rice bowl was born upon returning from our holiday road trip back from Minnesota — fresh out of the car from a 10 hour drive, we were craving something restorative and vegetable-filled. Alex ran to the store (literally – we luckily live 1 block from the grocery) and came up with this inspiration featuring our new rice cooker. We ate it together, basking in the glow of a dinner solo after days of parties with family and friends.

We enjoyed it so much that we couldn’t stop making it: first, for a delightful visit from Leah and Andrea, two college friends in town from New York and Argentina, respectively – and then again for a lunch with new friends Shanna and Tim, who we met through their blog Food Loves Writing, a lovely space that celebrates both food and the written word.

It’s so wonderful to encounter old friends where hanging out doesn’t just consist of the “remember when” game — where instead of reminiscing on the past, you can connect on things that are relevant in your current lives.

And, it’s just as wonderful to encounter people you’ve never met in your life who have such similar passions that you wonder how you’ve never connected before. As much as the Internet is criticized, we’ve found it an incredible tool for connecting people all over the country and world — like Shanna and Tim, and all of you!

So we present — our rice bowl. Filled with tasty, nutrient-filled veggies, brown rice, a squeeze of lime, and topped a fried egg. Enjoy with people you love.

Healthy Rice Bowl with Kale, Red Pepper and Egg
What You Need
  • 2 red peppers
  • 2 portabello mushrooms
  • 2 bunches kale
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 lime
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 to 3 cups long grain brown rice (uncooked)
What To Do
  1. Prepare the rice according to package instructions.
  2. Prep the ingredients: slice the red peppers, portabello mushrooms, and kale into bite sized pieces. Mince 4 cloves garlic and 2 tablespoons of fresh ginger.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for about 30 seconds until the garlic just starts to turn brown. Quickly add the red peppers and mushrooms and cook for about 4 minutes. Season with a pinch of kosher salt and pepper. Add the kale and cook until tender, about another 4 minutes. Season with another pinch of salt, ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes and 1 tablespoon soy sauce.
  4. While the veggies are cooking, in another skillet prepare 4 eggs over-easy. Serve with a squeeze of lime juice.
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15 thoughts on “Healthy Rice Bowl with Kale, Red Pepper and Egg

    1. Sonja Post author

      Yes, adding an egg on top is one of our favorite things to do to “make it a meal” — an idea from one of our biggest cooking inspirations, Julia Child :)

  1. Shanna

    We so enjoyed meeting you guys, too, and being treated to such warm hospitality! And to everyone reading this, let me vouch for the deliciousness of this dish. I didn’t tell Alex and Sonja how weary we were of big holiday meals, so the fact that they served us this vegetable-rich dish was such an enormous blessing I can’t tell you. Totally want to make it again ourselves!

    And PS – a rice cooker! We almost asked if you had one! The rice was cooked perfectly!

    1. Sonja Post author

      Oh, so glad you enjoyed it! It was such a pleasure to lunch together :) And yes, we just got the rice cooker and LOVE it! Not that we needed another appliance — but this one works wonderfully. It’s great to be able to throw the rice in and then not have to worry about it — and it seemed to cook the brown rice a bit faster than normal (around 40 minutes versus 1 hour). Totally worth it to us!

    1. Sonja Post author

      Hi Sandra! The brand of our rice cooker is Aroma. We’ve never had a rice cooker before, so we don’t have anything to compare it to. But we love it!


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