bacon, kale + roasted tomato eggs benedict
I like to think of this as a healthy BLT. Or an excuse to eat a BLT for breakfast (if we need one). Because bacon + kale + tomatoes + lightened up “hollandaise” sauce + whole-grain toast + an egg on it = maximum health! Says myself, anyway.
You see, I simultaneously love and hate the new year thing. I love that, in some ways, it feels like a time to hit the reset button, to start fresh. It’s a time to set new goals and write new lists in our new planners, to plan ways to cross things off our bucket lists (or start them) and seek to feel whole again. But at the same time, it’s all so daunting. I feel like I can barely remember to put socks on both feet these days, but now I also have to fit in time to declutter the house and do yoga and eat healthier and read the Top 50 Banned Books? Oy. It’s almost enough for me to scrap it all, put my one-socked feet up and eat a doughnut while not reading.
So this year, I’m not seeking to start over. I’m not touching the reset button. Instead, I am going to be intentional with my everyday choices. So when, say, it’s time to eat breakfast, I will choose to eat a more whole, healthier meal rather than that doughnut I dream about (most of the time anyway; lest you be fooled, I will always make room for doughnuts). Enter this healthier bacon, kale and roasted tomato eggs benedict. YASSS.
This deliciously toasty, bacon-y, egg-y and saucy wonder is not only better for you than traditional eggs benny, it’s also incredibly easy to put together. So easy, in fact, that I’ve been able to make it for breakfast at least three times during this past week. I have my trusty KitchenAid Diamond blender to thank in part for that. It’s a workhorse in so many ways, and I’ve used it for anything and everything from soups to dressings to salsas to milkshakes.
So what, exactly, makes this breakfast better for you? Firstly, the sauce: It’s not traditional hollandaise but rather a light mayo-mustard combo that tastes remarkably similar but with a fraction of the fat and calories. Secondly, it includes vitamin and nutrient-rich kale and tomatoes, which are roasted for all the flavah-flav. And thirdly, it’s topped with just one thin slice of bacon on whole-grain toast. The poached egg adds a little protein, too, without any added fat and calories from oil like fried eggs would (but you still get the runny egg situation). Oh, and did I mention it sorta tastes just like a BLT? I DIG.
Normally when I’m on a healthy breakfast kick, I go for the oatmeal or the yogurt with fruit or even the veggies omelets, but I have to say, this breakfast beats them all. It’s super satisfying and filling, two necessities for my morning meals (plus coffee. Always coffee.) when I know I have a full day of baby-chasing ahead of me. But I can also feel good about eating it and knowing that it won’t pack on the pounds to my waistline and slow me down. And the best part? It’s the kind of breakfast both me and the husband will eat, as the latter is a huge eggs-on-bacon-on-toast-for-breakfast eater. So we can all eat breakfast together in healthier eggs benny harmony.
Runny eggs, you complete me.
And check out all the other healthy yums these talented bloggers made using the KitchenAid blender:
Curried Carrot Cauliflower Soup from Hip Foodie Mom
Creamy Green Hemp Seed Smoothie from Eating Made Easy
Roasted Broccoli Soup from Life’s Ambrosia
Kick Booty Kale Smoothie from The Law Student’s Wife
Creamy Spinach Lentil Soup from Kitchen Confidante
Dairy Free Roasted Squash Soup from The Fresh 20
(Healthier) Bacon, Kale and Roasted Tomato Eggs Benedict
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 30 mins
- Yield: 2 to 4 servings 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Cuisine: American
For the sauce:
- 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon water
- 2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
For the eggs benedict:
- 4 strips bacon
- 2 large leaves kale, stems removed and chopped into 3-inch pieces
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 1 vine-ripened tomato, sliced
- 4 poached eggs (I use the microwave method, but these methods work great, too)
- 4 slices whole-grain bread, toasted
- To a blender, add light mayonnaise, water, mustard, lemon juice and cayenne pepper. Blend until smooth and combined.
- Heat oven to 400 degrees F. In a medium skillet over medium heat, cook bacon strips until crispy. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
- On a rimmed baking sheet, toss chopped kale leaves in olive oil and salt and pepper to taste; spread around so baking sheet is lightly coated with any excess oil. Place kale along with tomato slices on baking sheet in a single layer. Roast 10 to 15 minutes until tomatoes are soft and kale is crispy and browned on the edges.
- Top each slice of toasted bread with a slice of bacon, a slice of tomato, some kale leaves and a poached egg. Drizzle sauce on top and season with more salt and pepper to taste, if desired.
Disclosure: I received a KitchenAid blender for recipe development purposes only. All opinions are my own.
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You can top anything with an egg and I’ll be happy.
Loving this take on egg benny! 🙂
This recipe definitely sounds like something I’ll try!
a wintery gazpacho!
I’m so into this! All my favourite flayva flaves.
Egg goodness with bacon and kale? Instant deliciousness! I want a whole plate of these for brunch 🙂
Soup! It’s time to settle down for the winter with lots of creamy soups!
I am in love with this. I normally reach for the oatmeal too when I start eating healthier. I love that this is an awesome twist to keep it interesting.
Stephanie. . being intentional with everyday choices. . love that. . good mindset to have in the new year!! love this eggs benedict and I don’t want to live in a world without runny eggs and bacon!
This looks delicious!
I am obsessed with eggs benedict!! Thank you for making a healthy version!!
It’s… so… beautiful! Look at that bacon. I need you to teach me how to get mine as perfectly crisped as yours. And I SO appreciate your approach to the new year. Trying to change everything at once is daunting and doesn’t do anyone any good. Living life with more intention will leave you feeling more fulfilled, happier, and mindful! Happy New Year, Stephanie!
The first thing I would make is soup. It is that time of year!
The very first thing I would make would be THIS recipe!! 🙂
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I have been so into eggs benedict lately and this looks fantastic!
I think I’d make this hollandaise sauce in the mixer. That looks like a *great* breakfast!
Oh my gaaaah that BACON! I’ve been on a bacon bender lately and no amount of New Years Resolutions will be breaking that sweet habit! I hear ya about the whole living with intention thing. The concept is fairly new to me, but I’m thinking there’s something to it 😉 This gorgeous plate of eggs benedict is calling my name. I’m going to intentionally eat the crap out of it 😉
This eggs benny looks amazing, and your photos are absolutely gorgeous!!
Put an egg on it and I am all over it!! Looks so good. And just love the intentional daily living too.
This looks DEEEEEEEEElicious!!!!!
This looks amazing – I love the idea of a quick, lightened up hollandaise sauce!
Green detox smoothie!
OMG!! Looks delish! I’ll be expecting that for breakfast next time I’m at your house. 🙂
I’d love to make a milkshake!
I’m loving this breakfast dish, especially the lightened up hollandaise!
Salsa….a southern gal’s staple
This recipe is calling my name, summoning me out of a serious breakfast rut. Yum! Love the idea of the roasted tomatoes & kale – I bet the crispiness of that kale with the runny egg is the stuff of dreams. Can’t wait to try it!
I would make a cranberry orange smoothie.
I know what we’re having for brunch this weekend!
I would whiz up a soup…..
I am totally following your logic! This is truly a complete, satisfying meal.
This is beautiful! I don’t make eggs benedict often enough. It’s time to make them again!
I’ve been dying to make a mole sauce!
Oh my goodness… these photos, Stephanie! They’re seriously incredible.
Ooh, and Happy, Happy New Year! Hope it’s a great one for you. xx
Can’t wait to try this recipe! If I win, I’ll definitely be making green smoothies to make up the excessive amounts of bacon I’ve been eating! Hehehe ????????????
Totally digging this brekkie!
A protein shake to help my bones stay healthy!
I love this post. I get kind of frustrated with all the New Years stuff sometimes. Like are we just suppose to hit the reset button or what? Your “resolution” to be more intentional is perfectly wonderful. And I love any excuse to eat a BLT for breakfast! Happy 2015!
Eggs benedict is always my go-to breakfast, I LOVE it, so THIS this is a healthy breakfast I can get down with. Absolutely no sacrificing of flavor for less fat!
This is my kind of breakfast! Love the healthier twist to eggs benedict!
My daily morning protein smoothie!!
I need to make this recipe!
Oh man this is def my kind of his and hers breakfast!!! I love that lighter sauce!
With the last of the good frozen local strawberries. And maybe a splash of rum.
The first thing I’d make with the KitchenAid Diamond Blender is a pitcher of frozen margaritas.
I agree with you on the resolutions/reset button, I have a one year old and can barely seem to find a shirt without a stain on it let alone organize and detox :/ This BKT (?) looks like something I can totally get behind! I don’t do eggs for brekky too often but when I do, they need to be special! Looks delicious.
This is so gorgeous! So yummy 🙂 The pictures are so pretty !!
This looks so yummy! Some times I just crave a good egg dish. Looks perfect!
That eggs benedict looks delicious, but the first thing I’d make with a new blender is hummus!
Oh, I could eat breakfast all day long – and this, with those perfectly runny eggs, is calling my name!
Make intentional food choice everyday—–really made an impact on me. I find I am very comfortable with that statement as a driver. Thank you. Secondly you cook eggs just the way I like them. I would eat this benedict with full gusto.
Mmmm—what would be the first thing—-Mmmmm, gotta be a smoothie
This looks so amazingly tasty! Happy New Year!
I’m make a protein smoothie to start my day right!
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I would make a smoothie!
I’d love to either make a creamy butternut soup OR delicious smoothies! My blender can’t get things quite smooth..
Hope I win. Just heard about this today.
Home made milkshakes with frozen fruit.
I’d make a milkshake, because who doesnt love icecream in the middle of the winter?
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