A Better Breakfast: Wheat Berries With Greens & Eggs
This is the breakfast that will make you feel like you've unlocked the secret to having it all together as an adult. Cook a large batch of your favorite grains to store in the fridge for the week (or use any leftovers you have — farro, barley, rice...), wash greens ahead of time, and this comes together in 7 minutes flat. Take your tea or coffee to go if you must, but we insist you enjoy a proper breakfast at the table. Because days that begin with a skillet full of whole grains, dark leafy greens and eggs are simply better days.
Notes: We love wheat berries here because of their chewy, hardy texture, but use any whole grains you like. You'll only need half of the cooked wheat berries for 2 servings so you can save the other half for another day this week. Or if you're cooking for 4, use them all up in a larger skillet and double the other ingredients.
Wheat Berries With Greens & Eggs
- 1 cup hard red winter wheat berries
- 3 cups water
- 1/2 bunch dark leafy greens (kale, collards, or any other unique greens you stumble upon)
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 large eggs
- extra virgin olive oil
- sea salt
- black pepper
1. *Cook your grains the night before or earlier in the week:* Sort through wheat berries and pick out any little pebbles or discolored grains. Place them in a small pot with the water and a big pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 50-60 minutes with the pot covered. Cooking time can vary based on the age of the grain, so we usually taste around the 40-minute mark, then check back every 5-10 minutes. The wheat berries are done when they're chewy but not tough. Drain, transfer to a bowl, then toss with a little bit of olive oil and another small pinch of salt. Store in the fridge until needed.
2. *The next morning:* Heat a glug of olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Meanwhile, de-stem the greens and chop into super thin strips (a chiffonade). Finely chop the garlic clove too.
3. Add the garlic and greens to the skillet with a small pinch of salt, stirring for about a minute. Add in half of the wheat berries (saving the rest for another day) and stir for 30 seconds.
4. Turn the heat down to low, make 2 wells in the skillet, and crack in the eggs. Partially cover with a lid and cook until whites are set but yolks are runny, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle the cooked eggs with a pinch of salt (something fancy -- flavored or flaky is really nice here) and pepper and serve right away.
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