Beans and eggs with a touch of heat is a classic cowboy breakfast. Here I’ve brightened it all up with fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime. The fresh herbs and a salsa verde topping combined with eggs, black beans, and cumin give this dish plenty of fiber and antioxidants.

GLUTEN-FREE, NUT-FREE, QUICK, VEGETARIAN

SERVES 4 | PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES | COOK TIME: 20 MINUTES

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

4 (6-inch) corn tortillas

1 cup prepared salsa verde (available in the grocery store in the Mexican food section)

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed (see tip)

1 teaspoon ground cumin

4 eggs

Shredded Cheddar or Pepper Jack cheese, for garnish (optional)

Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)

Lime wedges, for garnish (optional)

1.Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet and warm up the tortillas, one at a time, over medium heat until slightly charred, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer the warmed tortillas to a plate.

2.On each serving plate, place 1 warm tortilla, add ¼ cup salsa, and top with ¼ of the black beans. Sprinkle generously with the cumin.

3.Heat the skillet again over medium heat. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Crack the eggs into the oiled skillet and fry until the whites are set but the yolk is still runny, about 2 minutes. Transfer 1 egg to each tortilla.

4.Add shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, or a squeeze of lime, if desired. Serve immediately.

SUBSTITUTION TIP: You can substitute a can of refried beans if you prefer.

HERB PROFILE

CUMIN

Whole seeds, ground seeds

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS: None known

TASTE/ACTIVITY: SPICY/WARM/DRY

PROPERTIES: Antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral, carminative

USES: Stimulates appetite, improves digestion, and treats problems like diarrhea, colic, inflammation, bowel and muscle spasms, and gas; helps neutralize free radicals, which aids in cardiac health and age-related cognitive decline; may also help prevent diabetes and hypoglycemia

SUGGESTED PREPARATIONS: Black beans, flatbread, lentils, Mexican foods, refried beans, rice, tea

ESPECIALLY GOOD FOR: DIGESTIVE RELIEF

Cumin is a popular carminative in Indian, Mexican, and Middle Eastern cooking. Carminative herbs and spices help reduce the formation of gas bubbles created by gut bacteria in the digestive process. Carminatives also help eliminate intestinal spasms, burping, bloating, and flatulence.

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