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Herbacious Eggs and Cilantro Lime Rice

Herbacious Eggs and Cilantro Lime Rice

Here’s a little recipe for when life is a bit unbalanced, but you still need something to call “dinner”. We’re in that place right now, hovering between selling our current house and moving to a new home. It’s amazing how transient you can feel just knowing the place you rest your head won’t be the same for much longer.

Our biggest advice for eating healthy when life gets hard to manage: make sure to have “good stuff” within reach. To us, that means nuts and dried fruits, carrots and celery, canned beans, lettuce/salad, whole grain bread, pasta, and eggs. And, this time of year: fresh herbs.

This dish was one of those Alex threw together with a few pantry items and some fresh herbs from our garden, and it turned out surprisingly delicious (many times we’re not so lucky). We’ve been trying to replicate the original the past few weeks, and finally got close enough to share it with you. The blend of garlic, spices, and herbs is so fragrant and fresh, it’s hard to believe it’s basically scrambled eggs. We topped our eggs with sour cream and ate them with pita originally (they’re also great in a sandwich). For the version we’ve shared here, we added some brown rice with a little lime and cilantro.

We’ve eaten this for 3 of our past 4 dinners, and they’ve been perfectly satisfying every time. And they seem pretty fancy, being a pantry meal and all.

Check out our tips on herbs so you can have them on-hand in a pinch.

Herbacious Eggs
We highly recommend the fresh herbs in this recipe -- dry herbs just aren't a good substitute!
Serves: 2
What You Need
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 small cloves garlic (or 1 large)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Sour cream, for serving
  • *Double quantities for 4
What To Do
  1. Dice 2 small cloves garlic. Roughly chop 1 tablespoon fresh oregano and 1 tablespoon fresh thyme.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together 4 eggs and ¼ teaspoon kosher salt.
  3. In a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter.
  4. When butter is just melted, add diced garlic, ½ teaspoon cumin seeds, ½ teaspoon coriander, and ½ teaspoon turmeric. Stir, and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  5. Pour the eggs into the pan, and sprinkle with oregano and thyme. Keep the heat on medium. When the eggs just start to set, use a flat spatula or wooden spoon to slowly scrape in sections of eggs, creating folds. Scrape occasionally to form additional folds; turn off the heat just before the eggs are fully hardened.
  6. Serve immediately with sour cream and cilantro lime rice.

Cilantro Lime Rice
Serves: 4 to 6
What You Need
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh cilantro
What To Do
  1. Make rice according to package instructions, or in rice cooker.
  2. While the rice cooks, chop enough for ½ cup or more fresh cilantro.
  3. When the rice is finished, mix in the cilantro, juice of 1 lime (to taste), 1 tablespoon olive oil, and ½ teaspoon kosher salt. Taste, and adjust flavors as desired.


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  • Reply
    June 17, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    This looks like a great meal to me. Eggs and rice are my comfort foods!

  • Reply
    June 18, 2013 at 4:19 am

    Oh yes, I know that feeling. It’s so hard sometimes to stay in the present when your mind is totally focused on what’s on the horizon. We had a lot of meals like this before we moved, there’s something about the simple earthiness which always helps to ground me.

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    Cookin Canuck
    June 18, 2013 at 7:58 am

    What a wonderful way to spice up eggs! Sometimes it’s hard to feel settled when change is imminent. Comfort food is always welcome in those circumstances.

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    Belinda @themoonblushbaker
    June 18, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Spices and herbs are wonderful way of providing natural healthy boost to food. I think I remember reading an article discussing the alternate uses for spices outside the kitchen like make up . This such an easy recipe, love it.

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    June 18, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I love the thought of combining eggs and rice – what a yummy and budget-friendly dinner!

  • Reply
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    June 18, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Mmm what a lovely dinner/any meal idea!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)
    June 18, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Your cilantro lime rice has my name on it!

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    June 18, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    I love it! This may basically be scrambled eggs, but I wouldn’t have thought to combine those herbs and spices together in the way you did. And cilantro lime rice! I feel like there are so many doors open to me now that I have my own herb garden :)

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    June 10, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Made this tonight and it was fantastic! I want to try other combos too! Maybe some Italian herbs (parsley, basil, oregano, thyme) over polenta; some Thai basil, cilantro, a little soy sauce + sesame oil over jasmine rice with sriracha and quick pickled vegs; or rosemary, thyme, basil + oregano with roasted tomatoes and polenta. The possibilities are endless! Thanks for a great recipe!

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