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Tomatoes are a favorite vegetable of mine to eat. Or is a favorite fruit to eat? To-MAY-Toe or To-ma-Toe; fruit or vegetable, it makes no difference to me! Maybe it’s my Italian heritage that longs for a juicy tomato paired with fresh mozzarella. Or, it could be the experience of growing up in the deep South and enjoying a ripe Creole tomato purchased at the local farmer’s market. Whether it’s my nature or from the experiences as a child, I am in love with tomatoes of all colors, shapes and sizes.
Now, as much as I adore farmer’s markets, the price of a locally grown tomato (especially if organic) is just plain outrageous here in Alaska. Granted, they are harder to grow given the shorter season and my attempts the past 2 years left a lot to be desired. But, I still can’t justify paying up to $12.50 per pound for them. That means I’m at the mercy of the local grocery stores and warehouse stores (e.g. Costco and Sam’s Club) with the knowledge that much of the produce you purchase is well on its way to being rotten when you buy it.
I absolutely adore eating a tomato alongside my eggs or in an omelet for Sunday brunch. I find that it helps to ‘lighten’ the calorie count of my plate as the boys tend to want dense things like biscuits, cinnamon rolls, or pancakes to fill them up. One recent Sunday morning, I decided to make a scramble for the family instead of doing omelets. It was a hit with everyone and a few of the boys were disappointed that there wasn’t enough for seconds!
Creating Veggie Lover Egg Scramble
This is an easy to make dish that you can customize a bit based on what you have on hand and what your family likes. My husband recommended my using mushrooms another time and with that I’d probably switch to a Swiss cheese. The boys are not fans of mushrooms, so that’s for a couple meal only. All of the photos here show my successful run which included diced ham as I have a house of meat lovers. But, you can easily kick that out and still have a rather tasty dish or use another meat such as bacon or sausage that you’ve already cooked. Truly, this can be an everything but the kitchen sink kind of recipe.
So, how do you like to eat tomatoes?
What’s a favorite way to dress up your eggs for brunch time?
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