ADD the cheese now, if using, and stir to combine and melt the cheese.
Jazz up your eggs with optional mix-ins. Pour the eggs into the pan, and add these ingredients before you scramble them:
Confetti Scrambled Eggs: Add 3 tablespoons diced bell pepper (1 tablespoon each of red, yellow and green).
Mediterranean Pockets: Stuff Confetti Scrambled Eggs into a whole-wheat pita half with some spinach leaves.
Traditional Ham and Eggs: Add 3 tablespoons diced lean ham.
Showy Salmon Scrambled Eggs: Add 1/4 cup chopped smoked salmon, 3 tablespoons cream cheese and 2 tablespoons chopped green onions, or crumble a leftover baked potato and quick-sauté it before adding the eggs.
Breakfast Burrito: Serve your eggs in a warm flour tortilla (preferably whole wheat) and top with guacamole and your favorite salsa. Olé!
Some notes on eggs
Eggs are one of those super-nutritious powerhouse foods, packing 6 grams of high-quality protein and all nine essential amino acids.
For a period of time, eggs were berated as the dietary enemy, but new research shows that moderate consumption of eggs does not have a negative impact on cholesterol.
My "all-things-food" mentor Michael Pollan has high praise for eggs, reminding us that "eggs are great and always were." Eggs from cage-free or, preferably, pasture-raised chickens are the best options when it comes to choosing which type; "happier, healthier" hens provide tastier, more nutritious eggs.
New urban agriculture ordinances have helped increase the number of egg farmers in some areas. Check with your local agriculture extension agent to find an egg farmer near you.
Eggs are deliciously versatile and so easy to prepare, so get cracking! And with that, may I suggest cracking eggs on a hard, flat surface to prevent tiny eggshell crumbs from getting into your dish.
April Hamilton has always said, "Cooking is fun!" She shares her easy, practical recipes for delicious food through her cooking classes for kids and families. April's husband and three daughters help with testing and tasting in their Charleston kitchen. April would love to hear from you: Email aprilskitchencoun...@gmail.com.