This Steamed Kale and Poached Egg with Sriracha Sauce makes a healthy and nutritious breakfast. It’s naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, low-carb and vegetarian.
This week, I’m facilitating the first of a 6 week series on healthy living for our church, based on the book, The Daniel Plan, by Pastor Rick Warren. It’s a healthy lifestyle plan based on five essentials ~ Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus and Friends. Although I read the book last year, I never followed through, largely because I had no one to do the plan with. I was missing the Friends element, which is the “secret sauce” to The Daniel Plan.
So, this year, I took the bold step of suggesting that we start a series through our church for women in our community who are interested in pursuing a healthier lifestyle, using The Daniel Plan, a faith based plan, as a guide. We have over 40 women signed up already, and I can’t wait to start this journey with these ladies.
What appeals to me most about The Daniel Plan is the faith element. It’s based on the fact that God created us, so our bodies are not our own – they are on loan from God.
When we borrow something from someone, we take great care not to lose it or break it; yet, when it’s our own things, sometimes we don’t take as good care of them as we should. I’ve found this to be true for my body over the years. I take great pains to make sure my family is in good health, but I often overlook my own self-care. Sound familiar?
Another reason the faith component of The Daniel Plan appeals to me is that it focuses on us getting into the best health possible so that we can do the good works that God intended us to do while we are here on earth. We’re not just here for the ride. There’s a bigger purpose to why we’re here. While each of us has our own life journey, we have been given unique gifts and talents, to be used to glorify God and to serve others.
I love this verse because it reminds me that I’m not here just to dilly dally my time away. I have a purpose and there is an urgency to the work I have to do while I’m alive.
Recently, I watched New Year, featuring Pastor Louie Giglio, at our women’s ministry’s Movie Night. I was reminded that we have a role to play in God’s amazing purpose for our lives, and that God is right next to us in everything we do, whether it’s doing the laundry, or running a company. So, I sure want to do my very best in everything I do.
Having this fresh perspective has given me a new purpose for living, and an impetus for taking risks, and not just sitting back and watching life pass by. It’s given me an urgency to each day, not to waste my time, but to use it wisely. And, it’s given me the best reason to take care of my body – not for myself, but for God, so that I can realize my calling and serve others using the gifts that God has given me.
I’m looking forward to our weekly meetings over the next 6 weeks as we support each other and build new friendships, walking through The Daniel Plan. I am hopeful each of us will grow in our faith, and learn how to take care of our bodies (fitness, food), and our minds (focus), and deepen relationships with old and new friends.
I came up with this breakfast recipe for Steamed Kale and Poached Egg with Sriracha Sauce as I was preparing for our first session.
- 2 cups kale leaves
- extra virgin olive oil
- sea salt
- black pepper
- 1 egg
- sriracha sauce (choose a brand with no preservatives) or other hot sauce
- Steam kale for 6-7 minutes, until just tender. Remove to serving plate. Drizzle a little olive oil on top and season with salt and pepper.
- Poach egg for 2½ - 3 minutes; using a slotted spoon, drain and place on top of steamed kale.
- Drizzle some sriracha sauce on top and serve.
Here are more recipe ideas that follow the guidelines in The Daniel Plan (whole foods, no processed foods):
Two Egg Omelet with Leftover Roasted Vegetables (low-carb vegetables such as cauliflower, kale, red bell peppers)
Slow Roasted Salmon with Asian Napa Slaw
Salmon drizzled with gluten-free soy sauce and sesame oil, and roasted at 250 degrees for 15 minutes
Napa cabbage, oranges, carrots, scallions and pistachios tossed with gluten-free soy sauce, sesame oil, and a little honey
White Beans with Steamed Kale
Cook white beans with carrots, celery, onion and vegetable broth. Serve with steamed kale on top.
For more information on the Daniel Plan, check out their website – there are lots of resources if you’re thinking of starting up your own group study.