Zucchini Cake with Kale, Tomato, Poached Egg, and Radish Green Pesto

Wow, what a long title, fills your mouth with words, and this recipe will fill your mouth with wonderful flavors! This is the second time I’ve tried to make a poached egg, and I have definitely found a better method this time! This recipe is another take on a great brunch classic. After eating really unhealthy this week I wanted to make a really clean, tasty, and filling breakfast. This incorporates that, it will fill up without filling you out!

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 zucchini, shredded
  • 1/2 small onion, shredded
  • a few pieces of kale (or spinach)
  • 1/2 fresh tomato
  • a few bits of either raw or roasted red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon radish pesto
  • spices, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper

How to:

For the poached egg:

  1. In a deep walled frying pan, fill with a few inches of water and bring to a boil
  2. Once the water is boiling, turn the temp down so the water is still hot but not rolling boiling.
  3. Drop the egg in and let cook for 3-4 minutes or longer if you want a hard cooked yolk.
  4. When done top on top of everything.

For the zucchini cake:

  1. With the shredded zucchini and onion, mix in 1 egg, a bit of cheese, parsley, garlic, and salt and pepper.
  2. I have a really small frying pan that I cooked mine in, but if you do not, just form into a cake and fry on any frying pan.
  3. cook on medium heat for about 6 minutes on each side until golden brown on both sides

Assembly:

  1. Assemble everything on top of the zucchini cake, with the poached egg, then the pesto on top.
  2. That was easy!!

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Radish Green Pesto

Yes, you read that right.  Pesto made from radish greens.  The lowly radish green goes completely unnoticed, but it will no longer be tossed aside with the rest of the trash, it will stand tall and elevate the caliber of your ordinary pesto!  Lately I have trying to adopt a “waste not want not” attitude.  No part of the veggie should go unused!  So this recipe was a risk that completely paid off, its so easy and delicious.

Ingredients:

  • radish greens, one bunch will be good
  • olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic (I used powder)
  • salt and pepper
  • a handful of fresh basil
  • 1 drizzle of honey
  • sesame seeds (or pine nuts, 1 teaspoon chopped)
  • parmesan cheese (1/2 tablespoons)

How to:

  1. Begin by sautéing the radish greens with garlic, salt and pepper in just a bit of oil.  You want to cook them before to get rid of some of the bitterness.
  2. Once they are wilted (8/10 minutes), place in a food processor and combine with above ingredients, except for the oil.
  3. slowly drizzle in the oil, not more than a tablespoon.
  4. Start with one light drizzle of honey and taste to see if the bitterness is gone, add enough to get rid of any left, but not enough to make it sweet.
  5. Store and enjoy! Use anywhere you’d use pesto!!

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