This is an everyday kind of recipe, one you make on a busy evening or when you don’t have the energy for creating a more extravagant meal. Simply prepare quinoa, sauté asparagus and top with a fried egg, the rest is just details. And really you can make this recipe with the addition of any seasonal vegetable that you have on hand, it doesn’t have to be asparagus. The key is adding the egg on top, which amps up flavor, and gives the dish a boost of protein (which I’m always looking for these days!)
The original version of this recipe came from Liberty Heights Fresh, where I often pick up my favorite seasonal produce. For a list of more of their recipes, you can hit up the Liberty Heights Fresh website recipe section. Or stop in for a fresh cup of their soup, a sandwich, or a special treat. Josh and I love to walk over to this little market and grab a couple special sodas and soup for a leisurely weekend lunch.
What are some of your go-to quick meals? Try adding an egg on top – I promise it will boost the flavor of whatever simple dish or rewarmed leftovers that you have!
Quinoa with Asparagus and a Fried Egg
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 bunch asparagus
- 1/2 lemon, zest and juice
- 2 cloves garlic
- 3 green onions
- 4 large eggs
- pine nuts, toasted
- 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
- Salt and pepper
- Wash your quinoa under cold water. In a medium sauce pan bring 1 cup of washed quinoa and 2 cups of water to a boil. Bring down to a simmer for 20 minutes. Toast your pine nuts in a skillet just until browned. Set aside.
- After the quinoa has cooked for 10 minutes or so, sauté your asparagus and chopped garlic in a large skillet. Squeeze and zest half of a lemon over the asparagus. Add the green onion then Add your cooked quinoa to the skillet. Scramble it all together. Salt and pepper.
- Meanwhile, fry your eggs however you like them. Throw everything in a bowl and top with a fried egg, fresh oregano and pine nuts. Salt and pepper to taste.
- We like to serve this with toast smeared with ricotta, a drizzle of olive oil., and a dash of salt and pepper.
For more ideas of One Dish Dinners, see this full category on my blog. Enjoy the fruits of simple eating!
I just made quinoa with asparagus last night for dinner with these exact flavors (lemon, garlic, thyme, oregano)! Along with the asparagus and greens onions, I added corn and crumbled feta. Topped mine with lemon and herb chicken but the eggs are such a great idea.
I thought the egg was the perfect addition to make this a full meal! You’ll have to give it a shot next time 🙂
Looks like a great combination. The egg is the perfect finishing touch.
What a great and simple idea. I saw a bit of asparagus at our last FM. Will have to grab some.
I’m all about the simple recipes lately 🙂
This is my kind of meal, Becky. I’m finally coming around to fried eggs. So glad it’s asparagus season! Hope you’re well.
Me too! I have not been a huge fan of eggs in general in the past but I’m liking them more and more for dinner.
I can already taste those pine nuts mixed with the buttery fried egg. Great recipe!
Great recipe!! Just printed it off and can’t WAIT to try it. I’m going to add Toasted Sunflower Nuts instead of Pine Nuts.
So simple and delicious! Just what I needed. Thanks for sharing.