Savory Breakfast Bowl

This is a bit of a British and Japanese breakfast crossover. It’s kind of like Howl’s Moving Castle – based on a British book, but turned into a Japanese animated movie. 

It’s also super fast to put together, so if you adore savory breakfasts, but don’t have a lot of time in the morning, this is a keeper. 


Savory Baked beans

1 (15-oz) can cannelloni beans, drained and rinsed

2 Tbsp white miso

2 Tbsp nutritional yeast

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp ground turmeric 

Everything Else

2-3 cups cooked brown rice (See Notes)

1 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1 1/2 cup cucumber, cubed

1 1/2 cup kale, chopped

Ground black pepper, to taste

Cilantro/Scallions (for garnish)


Serves 2-3
Time: 10 - 15 minutes
  1. In a small non-stick saucepan over medium heat, add the white miso, nutritional yeast, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and turmeric and heat for about 2 minutes. Add a little bit of water if your saucepan is not non-stick or not as non-stick as you thought it was. 
  2. Add the cannelloni beans to the saucepan and stir into miso mixture until well combined, using your spoon to gently smash some of the beans. Let the beans heat up for about 2 more minutes.Then, turn the heat to low and keep warm while following the next step. 
  3. Place your kale into a microwave safe bowl with a small bit of water. Microwave your kale for 45 seconds. 
  4. In your favorite big breakfast bowl, artfully arrange the rice, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, steamed kale, and savory baked beans. 
  5. Top with ground black pepper, cilantro and/or scallions. 
  • I tend to batch cook brown rice on the weekends, plus it give this dish a Japanese flair, so that’s why it’s in this bowl. However, you can go a little more British and use toast, go Irish and use a baked potato, or simply use a bit of steel cut oats. Really, use whatever fun starchy food that you like and will keep you full. 
  • The beans and their spices are what gives this dish flavor, but you can experiment with adding different veggies than the ones that I listed. 
  • Also, I steamed the kale in the microwave to save you time, but if you loathe microwaves or simply don’t have one, please feel free to use a stovetop steamer. 

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