This breakfast was born out of another Sunday morning toast session at BirchTree. It is the kind of place you want to linger, so I brought a cookbook to flip through. In Bowl + Spoon, Sara has a recipe for barely creamed greens with eggs and mustard breadcrumbs, as well as a popeye protein bowl that involved scrambled egg whites, zucchini, spinach, black beans, and avocado.
Both of these recipes were combined and then adapted to fit my whims and kitchen contents. We left BirchTree with a loaf of bread for toast, and in one of my farmer’s market raids the week before I bought zucchini, kale, and eggs. This takes less than 10 minutes of effort to pull together, but is as healthful, hearty, and seasonal as a breakfast can get. And so good it bears repeating…4 days in a row. The mustard here is just meant to be a slight background brightness, not an overwhelming flavor (like a tiny smear in the best grilled cheese).
Green Scrambled Eggs with Mustard Toast
Small breakfast for 2 or hearty for 1
- 1 cup of zucchini that has been quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced
- ½ cup of chopped kale or other hearty green
- 2 teaspoons of oil or butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon of milk (or a splash if you are more like me in the morning)
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar, or another cheese, or no cheese
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (whole grain is extra fun)
- 2 pieces bread
Put the bread in the toaster to your liking. Heat a small sauté pan over medium high heat. Add the sliced zucchini, and cook without disturbing for 3 minutes. Stir, and cook another 2 minutes. It should take on slight color, but not really brown.
While the zucchini is cooking crack both eggs in a bowl, add milk, season with salt and pepper and whisk to combine.
Add the kale to the zucchini and stir. After a minute it should be just wilted and shiny. Lower the heat to medium low. Add the beaten eggs to the pan and stir. Stir every minute for 2-3 more, until the eggs are scrambled to your liking (I go until they are just cooked through but still very soft. Turn off the heat, add the cheese, and stir to combine.
Spread the mustard on the toast (you can do butter first if it’s a special morning), and serve with the egg scramble.