I used to be of the opinion that growing an herb garden was a massive waste of my time.
You can eat a tomato. You can roast a couple of beets. But, herbs? Nobody makes a salad solely with parsley.
And then I found myself smack dab in the middle of summer with a large crop of basil and no idea what to do with it. Bunches and bunches and bunches of aromatic, gorgeous basil.
Being the economical person that I am, I decided to use it in whichever ways that I could. And so, beyond just freezing it, I added it to savory oats and pasta and pizza. Sushi and hummus.
Tomatoes and eggs go together like peanut butter and jam. Meant to be together. The addition of brightly flavored basil makes perfection. The heat of the pan will inspire the basil to release its fragrant oils, contributing to the most wonderful smell on earth.
And the goat cheese? The goat cheese is just because.
My overabundance of herbs—more specifically, basil—is quickly running out. I can hardly wait until summer, when I’ll once again have a bunch of herbs that I have no idea what to do with.
Scrambled Eggs with Fresh Basil and Tomatoes
I love goat cheese with scrambled eggs, but fresh ricotta or mozzarella would be equally delicious. Enjoy with a couple of whole wheat toasts and your favorite fruit for a complete meal.
- 2 whole eggs + 1 egg white
- splash of milk
- 1 roma tomato, deseeded
- handful of fresh basil, roughly chopped
- 2-3 Tbsp. onions, chopped
- balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper
- goat cheese, crumbled
- Spray a nonstick pan with cooking spray. Heat over medium, add onions and cook until soft but still firm. Add deseeded tomatoes and basil, add just a splash of balsamic vinegar and continue cooking until vegetables are tender and liquid has evaporated.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and salt and pepper.
- With vegetables still in pan, spray with more cooking spray. Add eggs, and scrape down sides with a spatula, letting the uncooked eggs run underneath. Cook until eggs are no longer runny, chopping every now and then. Transfer to plate and top with goat cheese. Enjoy!
QUESTION: Do you grow a garden in the summer? What is one of your favorite things to grow?