Go ahead and say it. “She’s weird.” Of all the yummy things I could eat for breakfast, I have a favorite that I’ve been eating, ummm, pretty much almost every day lately. (I do ruts well.) On days when I feel like I have a bit more time for prep, I double the amount I make so I can eat it for lunch or dinner later that day with maybe some baked chicken breast or smoked kokanee (from the Okanagan language referring to land-locked lake populations of sockeye salmon—thanks to my husband, who put a winter’s supply in our freezer).

“What is it?” you ask.


My breakfast starts in the chicken coop. Even though it’s still early out, my hens have eggs for me. (I’m probably eating an egg laid the day before but this time of year it’s cold enough to leave the eggs until my morning visit to the coop.) After feeding my girls, I head next door to my year-round greenhouse (really an unheated hoop house that’s still supplying us with summer-y things like green peppers and lettuce) to grab a pocket full of kale, some arugula, one carrot, some parsley, and a sprig of rosemary.

Back in my kitchen, I drop the egg into a saucepan on the stove for a soft-boiled egg. While that’s cooking, I chop the greens and herbs up along with 2 cloves of fresh garlic and one apple. Slices of carrot go in next and then a few spoons-full of baked butternut squash. (I cook a butternut squash every week to add to just about everything I eat—love that stuff!) Last comes a big dollup of what’s known as the guardian of intestinal health, sauerkraut—the real deal, not the pasteurized store-bought stuff.

With a cup of plain white tea in hand (sometimes I add a bit of fresh cream straight from my cow), I sit down to eat my power breakfast—all of it homegrown. Savory for breakfast? You bet. Sauerkraut? I actually go to bed at night excited to wake up the next morning and eat it all over again. I warned you. Weird. But hey, if you’re up for trying it, I think you’ll agree, yum! Oh, and HEALTHY (all in CAPS with at least ten exclamation marks)!!!!!!!!!!


  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Wow, that is a power breakfast! I think I could join in minus the garlic and sauerkraut. Sauerkraut and most fermented foods just do not appeal to me at all. And could we switch out a cup of decaf coffee for the tea? Oh, and yes, please, please for some fresh cream from your cow!! What time is breakfast served??? Me and Delta got a bit of a way to get there on time!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I love the idea of an all winter, unheated hoop house…would that I could…if only…lucky you! Fresh is always better, especially when it’s grown by your own hands.

    And there is something to be said for routine. I believe they have done studies showing that those who eat the same~nutritious~meal (be it breakfast, lunch or dinner) each day were more likely to stay trim throughout their lifetime. Some people are fastidious about exercise & often have similar results, look at Jack Lalanne.

    And just yesterday, I read an article about a little village in Greece where the residents often live Healthy lives well into their nineties & often a bit beyond. Seems word has gotten out & now reporters & such are flocking to their small town to flesh out the reason for such longevity. One of the locals took them on a week in the life sort of tour & it appears as though most of the villagers’ eat the same meal for dinner, almost exclusively, everyday. And MaryJane, some of the foods they mentioned are the very same things you are eating for breakfast & lunch…And, all their veggies were hand picked from their home~grown gardens.

    So sometimes boring can be Better~Best or even Beastly Healthy;-) As far as your Sauerkraut cravings go; I’m sure there are worse things to be addicted to:-) Enjoy!

  3. TJ says:

    I love it!! Looks delicious and healthy… especially the sauerkraut (I love all things fermented). Funny thing – the Israelites in the desert ate manna, right? Well the meaning of the word “manna” is “what is it?”

    “Manna?” you ask. Sounds pretty great to me!

  4. Oh, that looks so wonderful! I will have to have some sauerkraut with my breakfast.

  5. Karlyne says:

    It just ain’t breakfast without a fresh egg!

  6. Barbara Landry says:

    Fermented vegetables are the best. I have just started my sauerkraut. Can’t wait for it!

  7. Carole Hulsmeyer says:

    I love sauerkraut and for years made my own and gave it away for Christmas gifts. Getting too old for my husband and I to make it now. I really miss it. I don’t like the store-b0ught. Your recipe looks delicious, and I love everything that you put in it.

  8. Nancy Morrell says:

    Sounds wonderful to me! I love all of the above! Especially sauerkraut! Yum!

  9. Sharron Mills says:

    Looks great to me. Not weird at all. I am inspired all over again and as soon as I can get an organic cabbage will make some kraut. I can’t get the unpasteurized stuff here.

  10. Margrus kail says:

    I like sauerkrat but don’t have time to make it, if you can’t get it at the store where do you find unpasteurized sauerkrat

  11. RachelHP says:

    Collards, onions, and sausage every morning ❤️

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