Morning Beans 'n' Greens

Morning Beans 'n' Greens

By Jenny Warshafsky

This breakfast is a great way to get a big dose of iron in the morning! This is one of my favorite quick breakfasts and packs a heavy punch of protein to get the day started right.


  • 2 cans beans of choice, drained
  • 2 handfuls of leafy greens of choice (I like swiss chard), roughly chopped
  • 3-4 roma tomatoes (or equivalent amount of other tomatoes), large diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried parsley or cilantro
  • ½ tsp red wine vinegar or ½ lemon
  • 1 T olive oil or cooking oil of choice
  • Toast points (optional)


  • Heat a large pan over medium high heat (pan is hot when small splash of water forms beads that move around the pan)
  • Add oil, followed by the chopped onion and the 1 tsp of thyme
  • Once the onion is translucent (about 1-2 minutes), add the garlic and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds)
  • Add the tomatoes and cook until very soft (3-5 minutes)
  • Add the beans and the 1 tsp of parsley or cilantro and ½ tsp paprika
  • Cook until beans are heated through and softened slightly (2-3 minutes)
  • Add the greens and cook until just wilted; it may help to move everything around so the greens can get to the heat at the bottom of the pan (this will take longer for a heartier green like kale or chard but will be almost immediate with a delicate green like spinach or arugula)
  • Add the acid (the ½ vinegar or a good squeeze of your lemon) and turn off heat immediately
  • Serve hot on the side with toast points (if using)

Serves 4