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Food 52’s Healthiest: Kale, Sweet Potato, and Poached Egg Toast

Every Tuesday, we scan Food52′s delectable menu of recipes for the healthiest picks they’ve got—bringing you seasonal, scrumptious fare that’s al really good for you.

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Every Tuesday, we scan Food52′s delectable menu of recipes for the healthiest picks they’ve got—bringing you seasonal, scrumptious fare that’s al really good for you. 

Fancy breakfast dishes are usually loaded with egg-induced cholesterol (omelets and quiche) or sugar (pancakes). But this simple one-egg wonder utilizes nutritional-powerhouse veggies like kale (vitamins, minerals, and fiber) and mood-boosting sweet potatoes. Substitute whole wheat or sprouted grain bread to make it even healthier.

Sauteed Kale, Roasted Sweet Potato and Poached Egg Toast

2 small sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/4 teaspoon ginger
sea salt, pepper
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 bunch kale
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 shallot
1 small white onion
1 cup chicken (or vegetable) stock
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 eggs
2 thick slices pain de mie
Pecorino cheese, grated or thinly sliced
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

1. Sweet Potatoes: Preheat oven to 375°F. Peel and cube potatoes. In a sheet pan (I like to line mine with foil to make cleaning a cinch), hand toss potatoes with canola oil, 1 tablespoon melted butter, maple syrup, ginger, salt and pepper. Roast for about 45 minutes, or until potatoes are lightly caramelized and cooked through.

2. Kale: Wash kale and remove stems. Mince shallot and onion, and set in a wide pan with olive oil and ½ tablespoon butter. Cook on medium heat until the shallots and onion are transparent. Add chicken stock. Roughly chop kale, and add to the pan. Stir to incorporate. Cook until the liquid evaporates and the kale is cooked, keeping in mind that kale takes a while to become soft. At the very end, add apple vinegar, and salt and pepper, to taste.

3. Eggs: In a medium pot, poach eggs in simmering water for about 3 minutes. When done, remove from water and set aside on parchment paper.

4. Toast: Toast slices of bread (you can use any kind you like, but I like pain de mie for it’s milkiness, and it’s structure. Just make sure the bread you choose can withstand all you will pile on top of it). Just before serving, scrape a thin layer of butter on each slice.

5. Assembly: Place desired amount of cheese on top of toast. Use a slotted spoon to deposit kale on top of the cheese slices, to remove any excess moisture. Fork sweet potatoes on top of the kale, and then rest a poached egg on top of the sweet potatoes. Finish with a dusting of nutmeg, salt and pepper.

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