June 24, 2014 45

Garlicky Beet Green + Green Bean Open-faced Egg Sandwiches


Brunch is a pretty big deal at my house on the weekends. Coffee, farm fresh eggs straight outta our CSA box and veggies. Lots + lots of veggies. I’m realizing now as I type this, that I don’t have many brunch recipes on my blog. This should change, because brunch is my favorite meal. Like hands down, my favorite.

I’m finding, the older I get {and the less I have to bartend} that mornings have a special place in my heart. There’s something so super magical about morning stillness. On Saturdays + Sundays I get up as early as I possibly can – I know that sounds weird. Yes I wake up as early as I can on the weekends. I creep downstairs, my husband + cat still totally conked out.

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I cook and create and there’s no one there to bother me. It’s one of the only times of the whole week that I feel perfectly at peace. No street sounds, no construction noises or  jack-hammering, no one knocking on my apartment door, no texts, calls or emails. The city streets are asleep, my loved ones are asleep. Soon they’ll awake, but for now I relish their inactivity.

Just me in my kitchen, cooking for the man I love. This is my heaven on Earth.



I put the kettle on and I make a fresh batch of coffee in my french press. This week I have the pleasure of sipping on some of the best coffee I’ve ever had and I don’t use that phrase lightly. If you hear me say something like “best coffee ever”, I mean it. My friends over at Puro Fairtrade Coffee sent me some beans to try and it is one amazing cup of joe.

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Back to brunch – as I rummage my way around my kitchen, planning my brunch menu with intent just kinda flows out naturally. Usually something is roasted, a veggie or potato and typically something will be sauteed, some greens or some beans; but always eggs, sunny side-up are our favorite.

As I fumble through my CSA goodies, a bunch of green beans and beet greens catch my eye. Have you ever eaten beet greens? They’re they effing bomb. Not at all bitter, like some would suggest. They taste similar to swiss chard. And yes, you can eat the whole thing. You can eat that whole leaf and stem baby. If you’re tossing this part away, STOP and make this recipe at once. You will NOT regret it, I promise.

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Garlicky Beet Green + Green Bean Open-faced Egg Sandwiches

Takes about 20 minutes to assemble + makes 4 open-faced sandwiches.


  • 1 bunch of beet green stems
  • 1 pound {or so} green beans
  • 5 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of filtered water
  • heavy pinch of sea salt
  • 4 slices of bread, I used gluten-free bread from my local bakery
  • 4 farm fresh eggs
  • fresh oregano
  • ground pepper to taste

Wash and dry your beet greens + green beans. Snip the ends of the beans. Trim the ends of the beet greens {using the leaves is optional, I chose not too, but you totally can and it would be delicious} and cut stalks in half, they should measure about the same length as the beans.

Heat a large saute pan over low-medium heat. Add in the garlic, green beans, beat greens filtered water and pinch of salt. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes. Release the lid and add in the olive oil, finish sauteing until the beans and greens are tender and vibrant.

While the beans + greens are cooking, toast your bread and cook your eggs, whichever style you like them.

To assemble, layer the beans and greens over the bread. Top with an egg + finish with coarse ground pepper and oregano.

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This post is in partnership with Puro Fairtrade Coffee; all opinions are my own.

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45 Responses to "Garlicky Beet Green + Green Bean Open-faced Egg Sandwiches"

  1. Reply

    Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish

    June 25, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    I don’t know of this morning stillness you speak of, lol!!!!!!!!! Oh wait, that’s because I have a three year old :) Enjoy the quiet!!!

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      June 25, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      I’m trying to soak in every quiet moment while I still can!! XO

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    June 26, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    I like the taste and warmth of coffee in the morning when i’m still half asleep. I also like it in an enema.

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    June 26, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Following on Pinterest. When it comes to coffee, there are so many things to love. It brings people together, it conjures up old, wonderful memories, the simple act of smelling its aroma puts a smile on your face…

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    June 26, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Funny enough I never drank coffee until I entered my degree in holistic nutrition! And for me. Aside from how much I now adore my Americano with a touch of steamed almond milk, it’s more about the experience. I can wholeheartedly say that some of my most precious moments … Deep heart talks with friends, family and my man, great laughs, new friendships and that stillness you speak of, has all been over a cup of coffee. A long explanation I know, but it’s quite possibly my favourite moment if every day!

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    Susan spooner

    June 26, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    I love the smell of coffee. Can’t imagine a morning without it

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    June 26, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    I love when I am with family and I wake up to the smell of coffee. I quickly jump out of bed and stumble to the living room so we (mostly mom, dad, and sister) can have quiet conversations before the hustle of the day starts. Thanks for all you do Sherrie. You are amazing, my friend!

  7. Reply

    Kim P

    June 26, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    coffee is always my quite before the storm – it’s my grounding ritual

  8. Reply

    Jen Wagner

    June 26, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    I love the serenity of coffee. My family knows, when I have a cup of coffee in my hands, they are to leave me alone! LOL :) *already following on Pinterest*

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    June 26, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Followed you on Pinterest! What DON’T I love about coffee? I love the taste, the smell, the energy, the ritual…

  10. Reply

    Leigh Miller

    June 26, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Coffee is my daily ritual for myself!

  11. Reply

    Allison Grech

    June 26, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    I love the ritual of coffee, perhaps even more than coffee itself. I love going to a coffee store that knows your name and order, with a barista who smiles at you as they hand it over. But most of all I love making coffee for my family. I love the moment when the milk first hits the crema, and slowly tilting the cup to let the milk flow as I experiment with patterns. And then the smell of coffee in our small lounge room on a crisp Sunday morning, as we sip slowly, savouring the taste and speaking about our plans for the week.

  12. Reply

    Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish

    June 26, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    I love coffee and the start of my day. It just makes me happy… and, I’ve recently switched to drinking it black, so having a high quality coffee bean is so important!!! No covering it up with gallons of sugary creamer!

  13. Reply


    June 26, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Living in Seattle coffee is part of life. It’s the aroma of gathering with friends on grey broody days & happy, heading to the sunny shore days. It’s morning rituals & late night study groups. It spans all of the coziest memories from Christmas to camping. What’s not to love. It’s also the ongoing adventure of finding the best & least known outposts of coffee divinity everywhere I go. Coffee is amazing. The end!

  14. Reply


    June 26, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    I actually can’t drink coffee, but my sister is a coffee connoisseur so I’d love to give it to her!

  15. Reply

    Lisa B

    June 26, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    I love the experience…from grinding the beans, to the aroma (ooooh that aroma :), and that first sip yum! I have a stovetop coffee/espresso maker, considering getting a french press. Love trying out new beans to get that perfect cup!

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    June 26, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    I like coffee because it is richer that tea and doesnt need to be sweetened to be delicious. Coffee ice cream has been my favorite flavor since i was 4 years old!

  17. Reply

    Cm Leonard

    June 26, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    After the aroma of the beans grinding and the water hitting the beans, my favorite thing about coffee is the first sip and the time to enjoy talking with my husband..

  18. Reply

    Sheryll Ziemer

    June 26, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    I love GOOD coffee. That first cup in the morning is wonderful and I have to have it in my Polish Pottery giant mug (about 2 cups worth). I’d love to try the beans you say are the best coffee you’ve ever had.
    Thanks for the offer!
    Your brunch looks lovely!

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    June 26, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    My favorite thing about coffee might actually be the ritual of making it and pouring the cup almost more than drinking it. There’s something about the process that is calming and signifies the beginning of a new day.

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    June 26, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    I love the way coffee tastes – rich, strong, dark coffee – seems like the obvious reason to love it, right? but like so many other comments here, it’s the ritual that’s associated that makes it such a favorite. The Mr & I share coffee every single morning (usually in the garage, strange I know but it’s his happy place) and we talk. A lot. About everything. It’s how we stay connected, grounded & in tune with each other. It’s a really sacred time.

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    June 26, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Your writing is beautiful! Makes me want to get up early (just kidding, the dog already wakes us up before 6 every morning!!).

    Which is where coffee comes in. My mornings don’t feel right without a warm mug of coffee and a generous splash of almond milk, sprinkle of Ceylon cinnamon, and a little dash of raw cacao powder!

    My favorite part of coffee is fresh-grinding and then sticking my nose almost in the grounds. Can’t get enough of that delicious smell!!!

  22. Reply


    June 26, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    I love that coffee is my “me time” in the morning!!! A time to remember that food is nourishment! And plan my way of conquering the day, BAM!

  23. Reply

    Mary Anne

    June 26, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    I love that coffee always tastes better with friends!

  24. Reply

    Anna Derrer

    June 26, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    I love the smell of coffee and my favorite is to enjoy a big cup on my day off and make it a special treat.

  25. Reply

    Karen kipp

    June 26, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    I love how grounded I feel when I drink coffee. It’s bitterness and full body warm me and nourish me in a deep way that transcends the physical aspect. For me, it is usually a mid-morning treat to myself when there is time, not a daily ritual.

  26. Reply


    June 26, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    What I love about coffee is the variety of flavors and styles you can brew it. Each method of brew come with their own unique taste. Coffee is the only drink that I never tire of.

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    June 26, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    I love the smell of freshly ground beans and then the smell of the freshly brewed coffee. Love a good dark roast with a splash of cream. It’s my little oasis in a busy day, a moment for myself before the chaos begins. :)
    (Following on Pinterest, http://www.pinterest.com/amkj2002/)

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    June 27, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Followed your Pinterest!

    Followed your Instagram!

    I love the smell of the freshly brewed coffee, it is calming and it keeps my sanity for the day :) I have a 4 y/o and I absolutely love the effect of a good cup of coffee on me–I become a super fun and friendly mom :)

  29. Reply

    Jules B.

    June 27, 2014 at 3:58 AM

    Coffee is one of my favorite scents and by far my favorite taste. I love to drink it, cook with it, and bake with it.

  30. Reply

    Grace @ Earthy Feast

    June 27, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Beautiful styling and photography Sherrie! And man, I could eat this sandwich situation every single day and be oh so happy!

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      June 27, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      Awe thanks Grace :)) XO!!

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      June 27, 2014 at 10:32 AM

      Thanks Grace :)) XO!!

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  32. Reply

    Kristi Rimkus

    June 28, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    What a wonderful use for beet greens. I usually just saute with garlic. I’ve pinned this for future greens!

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    June 30, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    This recipe looks so yummy! Coffee, in the morning…sitting on my deck, watching the birds @ the feeder, before anyone gets up. A way to commune with nature and enjoy my morning. When camping, the first cup, at first light…heavenly,

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    Nicole Daniels

    June 30, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    That sandwich makes me hungry though I just ate!! I have to eat one as soon as possible, with a large cup of black coffee. The smell of coffee on an early foggy morning, sitting on the porch listening to the birds, nothing better!

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    June 30, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Coffee picks me up when I think I am down and out!

  36. Reply

    Britt Janz

    June 30, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Im actually just starting to drink coffee :) I turn 30 this year and have 3 children under 4. Coffee is filling this new need of feeling older (in a good way!) and needing a pick me up! BRING IT!

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    July 1, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Why do I love coffee? Two words:

    Night shift.

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    July 1, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    How beautiful! I’m bad about using beet greens – I need to do so more often! I love how healthful and fresh these open-facers are! I can easily see myself enjoying a big cup of coffee and a couple of these during the weekend!

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    July 2, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Beautiful post and recipe, have a great 4th of July weekend!

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      July 2, 2014 at 6:21 PM

      Thank you Carol!! Wishing you a beautiful Fourth of July :))

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    Renee (will frolic for food)

    July 17, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    I LOVE THIS and I love that the #soletspigout potluck is bringing us together! I’m stoked to be in such great company. This collab is gonna ROCK. <3 new friends!

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