Greens and Grains Scramble

This is the breakfast Sam and I probably eat most often regardless of the season. In truth, it's usually a dish we whip up as a late breakfast on weekdays when we're both working from home and most emails have been returned. It's wonderfully versatile and allows you to use up any leftover grains you have from previous meals, folding in leafy greens for a bit of color. In that sense, think of it more as a template rather than a hard-and-fast approach. Any leafy greens and most grains will work, although I veer away from small, delicate grains like amaranth because they can get lost in the dish.

"Whole-Grain Mornings: New Breakfast Recipes to Span the Seasons" by Megan Gordon. Copyright Ten Speed Press 2013. Provided courtesy of Megan Gordon. All rights reserved.
TOTAL TIME: 20 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 10 min
 
YIELD: Serves 2, heartily
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 green onion, white and light green parts, finely chopped (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 heaping cup/240 milliliters well-packed chopped leafy greens (such as kale, Swiss chard leaves without ribs, or spinach)
  • 1/2 cup/120 milliliters cooked whole grains ( wheat berries, farro, barley, or millet)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Flaky salt
  • Crusty bread, toasted English muffins, or warm corn tortillas, for serving
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Directions

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and kosher salt; set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add the green onion and garlic and saute until soft, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the greens, grains, and remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and saute until the greens are wilted and the grains are warmed through, 3 to 5 minutes.

Decrease the heat to low and pour in the egg mixture, gently stirring to comingle them with the greens and grains. Continue stirring until they're softly scrambled, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the chives and season with pepper.

Serve hot with a sprinkling of flaky salt on top, and crusty bread, toasted English muffins, or warm corn tortillas alongside.

Make It Your Own: Stirring in grated Parmesan cheese or a creamy chevre is always nice. For a splurge in the late fall or early winter, I can't think of a much better way to begin the morning than cooking up a handful of chanterelles in a bit of butter and folding them into the eggs.
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