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.
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.
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?