Here Comes the Sun Breakfast Bowl

Top view of breakfast bowl ready to enjoy.
Prep Time: 
75 minutes prep time
Number of Servings: 
Recipe Source: 
From The Kefir Cookbook by Julie Smolyansky ($32.99, HarperOne, 2018), Photo Credit: Jennifer Davick


Sweet Potatoes

  • 2 small sweet potatoes
  • 12 cup plus 4 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided

Farro, Wild Rice, or Freekeh

  • 12 cup uncooked farro, wild rice, or freekeh (whole or cracked)
  • 1 cup water
  • Sea salt


  • 1 cup chopped kale


  • 1 cup organic plain whole-milk kefir
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice or sherry vinegar

Sunny-Side Up Eggs

  • 4 large brown egg

For Serving

  • 1 (16 oz) can black beans, drained
  • 12 cup diced Heirloom tomatoes (red, yellow, green), plus extra for garnish


For Sweet Potatoes

  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. Rub sweet potatoes with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Roast until a small knife easily pierces them, about 20 minutes.
  3. When cool enough to handle, cut them into 12-inch-thick slices.

For Farro, Wild Rice, or Freekeh

  1. In a saucepan, combine your chosen grain (farro, wild rice, or freekeh) with the 1 cup water, 1 table-spoon of the oil, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a soft boil.
  2. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook over low heat until done, about 45 minutes for farro, wild rice, and whole freekeh; 20 minutes for cracked freekeh.

For Kale

  1. While grains and sweet potatoes are cooking, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat in a medium sauté pan. Add kale and sauté until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. (Add a small amount of water if kale begins to stick or turn too brown.)
  2. Season with a pinch of salt and set aside.

For Dressing

  1. In a bowl, whisk together kefir, parsley, 12 cup of the oil, pinch of salt, and lemon juice. Set aside.

For Sunny-Side Up Eggs

  1. In same pan as kale, cook eggs in remaining tablespoon of oil to sunny-side up perfection, seasoning with salt toward the end.

To Plate

  1. Place sautéed kale in a wide, deep bowl. Sprinkle with beans, cooked grains, tomatoes, and sweet potato.
  2. Drizzle with dressing and slide eggs on top before enjoying.
Nutrition Info: 
Per serving: 851 Calories, 36 g Protein, 103 g Carbohydrates, 22 g Fiber, 35 g Total fat (7 g sat), 720 mg Sodium, ★★★★★ Vitamin A, B1 (thiamine), B6, K, Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, ★★★★  Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Iron, Potassium, ★★★  Vitamin E, ★★  Vitamin B3 (niacin), B12, Calcium,   Vitamin C