Mystery Meal 1: Feijoada, Greens, and Eggs

This is the first recipe in my “Slow Carb Mystery Box” challenge.

Black Beans and Mustard Greens

Food is often connected to memories or emotions, and this meal is no different. In 2005 (has it really been that long?!) I went to Parana, Brazil with some friends on the trip that changed my life forever.

I got the chance to spend two weeks with about 30 orphans. I learned their stories, developed friendships (some that I still have today), and watched my love for church missions develop. It probably was what started the changes in my life that will hopefully find my wife and I owning a foster home in some other country.

A meal like this is sort of comfort food, in a way. This was our typical meal while in Brazil. Meat was expensive, so we only had that on Sundays. The only thing this is missing from what I ate on that trip is a bunch of rice and bread. Making this brought back very fond memories.

I realize that it’s very simple – almost too simple – but I did it that way on purpose. Your meals don’t have to be really fancy, and maybe they shouldn’t be really fancy. They can be, as you’ll see later, but I wanted to show you something you probably haven’t eaten that is quite simple to make.

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • ¼ onion, chopped
  • 2 c kale, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 c black beans, cooked
  • 3 eggs, hard boiled

Directions

  1. In a pan with about ½ tbsp olive oil, brown the garlic and onions. Add the kale and sauté until slightly tender.
  2. If your beans aren’t cooked, cook them with some garlic salt or other yummy spice like cumin. If they are cooked, heat them up in your pan after the greens are done.
  3. That’s it. Crack your eggs and enjoy!

To disclose, the astute eye might notice that there’s no kale in the picture. Kale is what I would have used (since it was in my list) if the store had had kale when I went shopping. Instead I used mustard greens, which are quite similar. Please forgive the slight deviation. Take it as a lesson in diversity!

The next couple meals will be much fancier, I promise. Like I said, I wanted to start with an easy one to get it going.

I hope you enjoy it!

-j

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