I can finally check something off my bucket list: we have an herb garden going! Yesterday we ventured to the Raleigh farmer's market to buy some herbs (and produce, of course). We are now growing: globe basil, Thai basil, fennel, Italian oregano, mint, silver thyme, lettuce and banana peppers. I am beyond excited to see how they do over the summer. I will be adding dill and maybe some French (Provence) lavender to the mix if these turn out well. I'd also like to do some more peppers, if possible. Anyways, I'm thrilled, and this morning I woke up craving a typical summer breakfast for me: something with fresh herbs and farmer's market produce. So here are two recipes I created this morning that you can enjoy all summer long!
Fresh Basil Scrambled Eggs
- 2-4 fresh eggs
- 1 TBS almond milk
- 1-2 TBS fresh basil, thinly sliced
- salt + pepper
- 2-3 tsp vegan (or regular) butter
- Preheat a skillet on medium heat. Add a small pat of vegan/regular butter and wait for it to melt.
- In a bowl, beat the eggs with almond milk, a pinch of salt, pepper and basil until smooth. I usually do two eggs per person.
- When the butter is melted, add the eggs and a teaspoon of butter. Scramble, using a spatula, for another minute or two.
- Add another teaspoon of butter and scramble some more, until cooked to your desired consistency. The butter makes the eggs super fluffy and adds a little decadence!
Zucchini + Potato Hash
- 1-3 large Russet potatoes, diced
- 1 large or 2 small zucchinis, diced
- 2-4 garlic cloves, minced,
- 1 TBS olive oil, divided
- salt + pepper
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- In a pot big enough to fit the potatoes with some room, place the potatoes inside and add enough water to cover by an inch or more. Set to boil on the stove. When boiling, turn down slightly and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. It should pierce easily with a fork. When tender, drain and set aside.
- Preheat a large skillet on medium heat. Add 1/2 TBS olive oil, then potatoes and a pinch of salt. Saute, until starting to get crispy, about 6 minutes.
- Add the zucchini, paprika, cumin, another pinch of salt and another 1/2 TBS olive oil. Turn the heat up to med-hi to sear. Stir, and cook about 5-6 minutes, until everything is starting to sear and cook through. There should be little black marks under everything and the zucchini should be tender.
- In the last two minutes of cooking, add the garlic and stir. Adjust seasoning to your liking and serve!