Vegetarian Steak & Eggs

by Marjan

Summer is around the corner and it is already hot here in Southern California! We will be enjoying warm sunny days, blue skies, and beautiful landscapes for the next eight months! Summer time demands eating healthier. Therefore, I truly enjoy using our harvest of organic vegetables and herbs to prepare easy, light and delicious meals.

Last summer, I introduced to you a healthy and vegan cauliflower steaks recipe for lunch. My appreciation for fresh and organic ingredients from our garden inspires delicious, nutritious recipes. Therefore, any vegetable in season, I incorporate on top of my cauliflower steaks; making this recipe a healthy choice all year long.
One morning as I was collecting fresh eggs from our coup, I wondered why not add eggs on top of my cauliflower steaks for a more complete meal rich in protein? A tablespoon of salsa or pesto can further enhance each delicious, healthy bite. I simply caramelized golden brown my cauliflower steaks until sweet and tender; then cracked an egg on top, a dash of salt and pepper and finished it by broiling it in the oven. Topped with freshly chopped tomatoes, and basil (or any herb of your choice), this hearty breakfast is delicious and healthy! My two favorite combinations.
I never would have imagined a simple recipe to deliver as many cheers! So now this year, for my annual brunch gathering, I will be serving steak and eggs! Come on over!
Hope you too enjoy this easy to make, delicious, healthy, nutritious recipe.

Serves 3-4
1 whole large cauliflower
3-4 eggs
1 tablespoon chopped basil (or any herb of preference)
1 cup halved heirloom tomatoes
4 tablespoons olive oil
garlic salt and freshly ground black pepper
sea salt

Optional toppings: Recipe for Tomatillo Salsa click here or recipe for Pesto click here

Preheat oven to 400° F.
Using a large flat sharp knife, slice cauliflower into three or four 1/2" slice steaks.
In a large cast iron or oven proof pan over medium heat, add oil and place cauliflower steaks to sear until a layer of caramelized golden brown flowers are rendered. Season with garlic salt and pepper; turn steaks over to sear on the other side. Steaks should be cooked yet still crunchy with a delicious caramelized sear. Therefore, adjust temperature to medium low if necessary. Season with garlic salt and pepper once again.
When steaks are done, crack one egg on top of each steak. Sprinkle a dash of sea salt and pepper to the eggs, add tomatoes to the pan and place in the oven for 6-8 minutes until eggs are baked. I prefer my eggs slightly 'runny'; if you prefer, bake at broil setting for additional 2 minutes to render a more cooked egg.
Remove pan from oven and toss basil or cilantro on top. Serve with your favorite sauce, breakfast bread or keep it Paleo!


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