Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Quinoa with Asparagus, Mushrooms, and Poached Eggs

Asparagus is one of the things for me that marks the arrival of spring - its true season is relatively short, so take advantage of this time when it's at the peak of its freshness (and much cheaper). I love asparagus with eggs, and wanted to create more of a main dish out by adding sauteed mushrooms and putting the whole thing over quinoa. I made this for dinner, but certainly it would also work well for a lunch or brunch. We also ended up adding an additional poached egg each, so feel free to cook up either 1 or 2 eggs per person depending on your preference (or how hungry you are). Welcome spring!

Quinoa with Asparagus, Mushrooms, and Poached Eggs
Serves 2

Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

1 c. quinoa
1 bunch asparagus, woody ends snapped off and cut into about 1-2'' pieces
1/2 lb. cremini mushrooms, sliced
2-4 eggs
Kosher salt
Black pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
1 T. freshly chopped chives for garnish

Rinse the quinoa and put it in a small saucepan along with 2 c. water and cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, prep the asparagus and mushrooms and heat another pot with water until nearly boiling (not a full boil). In a large skillet, heat 1 T. olive oil over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms and saute for about 5 minutes, stirring occassionally. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, remove from the pan, and set aside. Add 1/2 T. olive oil to the skillet and saute the asparagus over medium high heat for about 1-2 minutes, add a pinch of salt and pepper, and set aside. Crack the eggs into ramekins or teacups, then gently add the eggs from the ramekins into the pot of near-boiling water. Let cook for about 2-3 minutes, during which time add 2 t. olive oil and a pinch of salt to the quinoa, then divide into plates or low bowls and top with the asparagus and then the mushrooms. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and add to the top of each dish. Break the yolk while it's still runny with a fork, then season with another pinch of salt and pepper, garnish with the chives, and serve.

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