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Basil Lover

by Meghann on July 6, 2011

I always forget how much I love basil, until I have a plant sitting on my counter and I proceed to put basil in any and everything and love every bit of it.


One of the best parts about summer is the ability purchase a fully bloomed basil plant from the market that’s cheaper than the already picked stuff at the store. Cheaper and fresher – love that.

Of course, basil tastes best when pared with fresh mozzarella and tomato. Or, in the absence of fresh tomato, marinara sauce.


That’s what I did her. I bake 1/2 an eggplant at 415 with some mushrooms, salt, and pepper for 15 minutes. Once that was done I coated it with marinara sauce and topped it fresh mozzarella and basil.



With some a toasted cinnamon raisin bagel thin (what? don’t judge. πŸ˜‰ )


Fresh basil, mozzarella, and marinara sauce. Yep, feels like summer now.


I’m on my way to Orlando to film a segment with for the Florida Swim Network with my friends Joe, Katy, Julie and Bess. We’re discussing swimming and training for races – should be fun!

Be sure to tune in tonight at 8pm to check it out at

Then it’s sleepover time at Katy’s! We’re going to stay up all night doing each other’s hair while eating cookie dough, and talking about boys. <– started writing as a joke, but could quite possibly be how our evening turns out!

Time to hit the road!

1 Natalie @ Will Jog For Food July 6, 2011 at 2:54 pm

WOW, that salad looks amazing! I had a “fake” buffalo chicken salad for lunch… Morningstar Buffalo Wings, Spring Mix, Tomatoes, and Marie’s Blue Cheese Y0gurt dressing. It was pretty darn good πŸ™‚
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2 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 6, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Mmmm… I love fresh basil in the summer time. Especially with fresh summer tomatoes : d

3 Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) July 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm

That mozz looks like it just made the salad! Mmmm.

Haha that sleepover sounds fabulous to me, esp the cookie dough part. πŸ˜‰
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4 Jordan @ food, sweat, and beers July 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I predict that sleepover will be exactly how it turns out.

I am actually blown away by how much I get to use the basil plant I bought at the market. It grows like a weed, and I try to find MORE uses for it than ever before!
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5 Hope July 6, 2011 at 3:09 pm

That salad looks delicious! I am a big fan of eggplant. It’s so good especially roasted! πŸ™‚

Have fun filming! πŸ™‚
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6 Holly @ The Runny Egg July 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I love marinara sauce on top of just about anything — and even in the blazing heat I like warm comforting meals like this.
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7 The Teenage Taste July 6, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I have a basil plant too! I like to use my fresh basil to make homemade pesto. It’s so good and it tastes so much better than the prepackaged stuff! Yum!
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8 VeggieGirl July 6, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Lots of fun planned! Enjoy πŸ™‚
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9 Cait's Plate July 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm

I love fresh basil – but mostly just to put on top of a pizza or turn into pesto πŸ™‚

That salad looks fantastic though so maybe I out to try adding it in to mine!
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10 Alex July 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Looks delicious. Most markets here sell the potted basil all year round and I always do my best to keep it alive… no luck so far, after I picked the leaves off it just looks pathetic and refuses to regrow anything…
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11 Meghann July 8, 2011 at 11:02 am

They sell them year around here, but they’re not always a $1 or in such pretty shape. πŸ™‚

12 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) July 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I love basil! I should really buy some herb plants. I love fresh herbs!

13 Hayley @ Hayley Daily July 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I love basil too. Lately I’ve been going to this place where you can design your own pasta (or have the sauce over veggies, which is what I do). Then they have this ‘herb bar’ where you can put any kind of herb you can think of in your creation. I cover mine with basil, haha. mmmm…such a good flavor!
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14 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife July 6, 2011 at 3:33 pm

mmm fresh basil is TO die for! YUMM πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful afternoon!
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15 Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life July 6, 2011 at 3:34 pm

omg there is seriously nothing better than basil and fresh mozzarella!!!
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16 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Basil is one of my favorite parts about summer πŸ™‚
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17 Mary July 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I love basil! it is for SURE my favorite herb. Perhaps its because I’m italian, but regardless, I put that stuff in everything!
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18 SaraRM July 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm

What a fun night, I want to play!! πŸ™‚

19 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather July 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Having fresh basil on hand rocks! I just picked up a pretty big plant for just a couple bucks. Such a great deal!

20 Sarah July 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm

I love basil! I have a basil plant at my place too. Fresh basil is so much better than dry basil
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21 Lisa (bakebikeblog) July 6, 2011 at 6:13 pm

oooh yes – I LOVE basil!
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22 Lauren July 6, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I love basil too! I love sitting it on my counter and having it intoxicate the entire house.
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23 Hillary July 6, 2011 at 8:23 pm

One of my favorite smells in the world is fresh basil. I lived with my cousins one summer, and my chore was watering the garden. I would always linger a little longer over their basil plants! Smells like summer to me : )
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24 Fit Chick Britt July 6, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I was wondering the other day if they sell already potted basil plants. I was thinking it’d be a good idea to get one.
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25 Margo @ Peanut Butter Trees July 6, 2011 at 9:11 pm

mm that is such a great combination! such great summery flavors.

26 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance July 6, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Basil > all other herbs.
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27 Amber July 6, 2011 at 9:46 pm

I love fresh basil, mostly for the amazing way it smells! I would wear it as perfume if people wouldn’t think I was a super weirdo, lol

I made pizzas the other night with fresh basil and tomatoes, and the aroma in our house was heavenly!
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28 Laura @ Backstage Pass July 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm

The combo of veggies sounds great! I also love fresh basil, it’s so versatile.
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29 Sami July 7, 2011 at 9:54 am

I always need something sweet after a meal (I think the cinnamon raisin bagel thin would be perfect!)

Typically, I always eat a cup of sugar free jello!

πŸ˜€ xo.
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