Fried Egg for Dinner

I can smell the warm scent of butter wafting through my small apartment. I have some dark greens on a plate, waiting to be topped with a simple fried egg.The lights are turned down low, and I am wearing yoga pants and a hoodie. I don’t think about work, I don’t think about my running schedule, I don’t think about restaurant reviews, I don’t even think about what I’m going to bake next. I just sit quietly, sometimes listening to music, mostly just enjoying the solitude. Then I tuck into my dinner, savoring each bite: the golden yolk blanketing each vegetable, reminding me that sometimes, the simplest meals bring the most nourishment and content.

This is what most weeknight dinners look like for me.   While I greatly enjoy all the burritos, balls, and buffets, on most nights, I make really simple and easy meals. One of my favorite quick weeknight dinners is some steamed or sauteed veggies with a fried egg on top. I like broccoli, brussell sprouts, spinach or asparagus.

Last night I sauteed some asparagus in olive oil, seasoned it with salt, pepper and chili pepper flakes, then quickly fried an egg in a little butter to place on top.

the velvety yolk coats each salty spear

This fried egg on top of veggies is my poor girl’s version of Russell House Tavern’s Crispy Soft Poached Egg. I love how simple it is, and incredibly easy to prepare. I actually often have eggs for dinner – and while steamed broccoli with a fried egg on top may seem boring, sometimes it is just what I need.

When I have a little more time, I roast the veggies. On some nights, I saute them in some fancy olive oil then drizzle with a fancier balsamic vinegar.

Boston Olive Oil Company Herbs de Provence olive oil and Tangerine balsamic vinegar

On other nights I just douse everything in ketchup and sriracha. I usually drink a small glass of red wine with dinner, sometimes a glass of chocolate milk. And I always have a piece of fruit at the end. I like how I can get a decent amount of protein and antioxidants quickly, and I relish each delightful bite.

Do you also like having eggs for dinner? What’s your favorite way to eat an egg?


17 Responses to “Fried Egg for Dinner”

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted February 9, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Funny that you write this today – because I just had quiche for dinner last night. Eggs really do make for an easy, but protein-filled weeknight meal!

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    MelissaNibbles posted February 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I love eggs! My favorite is a fried egg over pasta.

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    Megan posted February 9, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Oddly enough, I am planning to make an omelet for dinner tonight. My favorite way to eat an egg is poached on top of hash on toast… or eggs Benedict (but that’s only when I go out to eat).

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    Elizabeth posted February 9, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Oh that looks good. I need to check out those olive oils.

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    Dana posted February 9, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Sometimes simply prepared dishes are the most satisfying. This sounds like a great dinner when you want something easy and tasty!

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    Amanda L. (Tales From A Kitchen Misfit) posted February 9, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    I am OBSESSED with Russell House Tavern’s Crispy Poached Egg! I tried recreating it this past weekend and made a HUGE mess! And I learned that I need to work on my technique! hah

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    Michelle posted February 10, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I can completely relate to this blog post. Sometimes something like the perfectly-cooked egg is what hits the spot…and I adore making breakfast for dinner!

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    Sarah posted February 10, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I love fried egg with sticky white rice with a little seasame oil, soy sauce and korean hot chili paste and you mix it all togehter. It’s even better if you throw in some kimchee!

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    Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle posted February 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I sometimes have a fried egg sandwich for dinner, I love how quick and easy it is!

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    Susan posted February 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    I think fried eggs are the best thing ever – breakfast, lunch or dinner!

    Now, I need to learn how to poach an egg!

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    Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) posted February 11, 2011 at 2:25 am

    I just made asparagus last night and something was totally missing. I love this idea, it looks delicious and I am totally stealing it for next time.

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    nicole posted February 12, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I love eggs for dinner. I love eggs over a bowl of yellow rice. Your dinner looks really good

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    Kerry posted February 13, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Oh yes, I love eggs for dinner. So quick and yet filling. My favorite way to cook eggs is to drop them in a small pot of hot tomato sauce. Then I spread the cooked eggs and tomato sauce on a piece of whole wheat toast.

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    Olga @ MangoTomato posted February 13, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    LOVE fried eggs: breakfast, lunch or dinner. they make so many things better.

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    Angie's Recipes posted February 14, 2011 at 10:13 am

    The egg on green asparagus looks so yummy!

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    Daisy posted February 17, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    mmm I love eggs for dinner but haven’t done so in a really long time. I might just have to take a page from your book.

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    Nicole @ Making Good Choices posted February 17, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    It’s decided, having this for dinner.

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