You guys. I’ve discovered my new favorite everyday meal. It’s a revelation.
I have Courtney to thank for it. While we were visiting California, she told me about a meal she and her boyfriend prepare at least once a week. They call it “begg”, but I prefer to think of it as “The BEGG”. Once I heard what it was, I knew I had to make it.
What is The BEGG, exactly?
It’s so simple. The BEGG is Beans, Egg, Greens, and Grains. Put them all together and you have one of the easiest and healthiest meals you could ever make. Seriously.
Even better: You can switch up the four components into seemingly infinite combinations. Tired of brown rice? Try red quinoa, black Forbidden rice, farro, or a combination of all three. Stir in caramelized onions. Try chickpeas instead of navy beans. Turnip greens instead of spinach. Add roasted carrots to your greens. Sliced hard-boiled eggs instead of over easy. Top with red pepper flakes. I could go on.
Okay, one more. Over easy egg over a bed of red and white quinoa, lancinato kale, heirloom beans from Rancho Gordo, and topped with a dab of pesto.
(As you might guess, this combination is exactly what I made.)
I’ve eaten BEGG almost every day for lunch whether I’m at home or on the run (when I’m out, I might leave off the egg). It’s easy to cook a large quantity of grains, beans, and greens for the week and dole them out a day at a time. No need to run out for fast food when you’ve got this delicious and healthy meal waiting for you.
I suppose I should thank my sister for introducing me to the wonders of The BEGG. Fine. Courtney, in gratitude for passing on this awesome meal, I promise I won’t “borrow” your clothes over Christmas.
The BEGG (Beans, Egg, Greens, Grains)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 min + bean time
Keywords: saute vegetarian beans
Ingredients (2 servings)
- 1 cup cooked beans
- 2 eggs
- 1 small head cooking greens (e.g. kale, spinach, mustard greens, turnip greens)
- 1 cup cooked grains (e.g. brown rice, quinoa, farro, amaranth)
- 1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper
Prepare beans and grains according to package directions. Use dried or canned beans as desired. While beans and grains cook, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add washed and dried greens and saute until tender, about 5 to 10 minutes.
In a medium skillet over medium heat, add 1/2 tablespoon oil. Cook eggs as desired (e.g. hard, over easy, scrambled). Alternatively, eggs may be hard-boiled.
When all components are completed, layer beans, greens, and grains. Add egg on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper as desired and serve immediately.
P.S. When I asked Peter what he thought “BEGG” stood for, he replied, without irony, “Bacon, Eggs, Grain, and … Gummies?”
Yes, Peter. It’s gummies. At least he got two out of four.
P.P.S. Anyone get the reference in the title of this post? The connection between the title and its reference is so tenuous, I’ll be surprised if anyone comes up with it (but super impressed!).