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Greens and Ham Breakfast Bowl

by Nick

It’s no secret that I’ve become a huge fan of the soft-boiled egg. After failing at them for months and months I finally figured out how to nail them and have been sticking them on top of everything I can think of since then.

This breakfast bowl is my most recent creation that’s basically an excuse to throw an egg on something. What I love about this dish though is just how much chard you can shove in the bowl. One huge bunch of chard is divided between two servings so you are getting a good dose of veggies to start the day.

I could have this for breakfast or lunch and be full for the entire day.

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Greens and Ham Breakfast Bowl

Greens and Ham Breakfast Bowl


  • 8-10 ounces ham, diced
  • 1 large bunch swiss chard, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 2 soft-boiled eggs
  • Hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper


1) Dice ham and rinse and dice chard. Try to cut out any of the large ribs in the chard.

2) Add ham to a large skillet over medium heat with a small drizzle of olive oil. Cook until ham starts to brown slightly, about five minutes. Add chard and sliced red onion and cook until chard starts to wilt, about another 2-3 minutes.

3) Season veggies with salt and pepper and divide between two large bowls.

4) Top with avocado slices, an egg (poached, soft-boiled or over-easy), and a dash of hot sauce.

Simple Ingredients

There is really only a few ingredients in this bowl. You could, of course, add other veggies, but I recommend going heavy on the greens. If you don’t have any swiss chard, you could use kale or just a metric ton of spinach. Just get it in there.


Three ingredient bowls!

This is the amount of chard I used for one serving. It’s about 3 cups of chopped chard.

I cut off the very thick stems but left the thinner parts of the stem. They give some nice texture to the bowl.


A quick chop!

Cooking the Dish

This is pretty straightforward to make. If you use a large skillet and start the heat on medium-low you don’t actually need to add any oil to the pan. The ham has plenty of fat and will do just fine without oil.

If your ham is very lean or something though you might want to add a drizzle of oil.  Either way, just cook the cubed ham until it’s browned a bit and starting to crisp.


No oil needed!

Then toss in the onions and chard. Assuming you rinsed your chard (you should rinse your chard), the water sticking to the chard will create some steam and wilt the veggies.

After a few minutes of cooking you’ll be left with something like this!


Veggies added!

The Egg

The egg is very important to this breakfast bowl, but it’s not really important how you cook the egg. I soft-boiled mine, but you could also poach the egg or also just fry it over-easy.

I made two eggs but accidentally cracked one while I was soft-boiling it.  OOPS.

This is my breakfast changing walkthrough on the perfect soft-boiled egg.


Accidentally dropped one!

When the eggs are done, just pile your bowl base into a large bowl.

I somehow created the illusion that this bowl is floating in the ether for this photo.  It is not.  It is on a white tablecloth.  Float on you crazy breakfast bowl.


The Floating Bowl!

Then add on your egg and half an avocado, sliced up.  Drizzle the whole thing with some hot sauce (optional) and a pinch of salt and pepper and dig in.


Very good breakfast.

Nothing fancy about this, but a perfect spring breakfast in my opinion since you should start seeing lots of good spring greens in the stores.

If you have any fun additions to this breakfast bowl, leave a comment!