Bacon, Eggs, and Asparagus Salad

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Mr. P had a work dinner thing last night, so I was flying solo. My initial thought was leftovers, but when I opened the fridge, I discovered we were all out of leftovers. This never happens and I immediately went into a slight panic.

I mostly panicked because I knew our milk had expired and thus, the ever faithful back-up plan of cereal was a no-go.

What’s a girl to do?

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Then I remembered this meal from Monday night. In short, it knocked our socks off.

It was simple, it was healthy…it was eggs. And eggs, I had on hand. No asparagus or arugula, but I improvised and did not go hungry. No worries there.

Eggs are a daily topic of conversation around my dialysis units. The white of the egg is the best “complete” source of protein in the food supply because contains all of the amino acids and is a very well-absorbed protein. Plus, eggs are cheap and can be prepared many different ways and for any meal. My gal pal Gina the Candid RD just posted about eggs for dinner, too.

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There was nothing about this recipe that would’ve had me throwing it only my meal plan immediately. But my friend Sarah talked this meal up SO much, that curiosity got the best of me. Phew. I would’ve been missing out.

Mr. Prevention asked what was for dinner and I described this meal. I wish I could recreate and/or photograph the look that spread across his face. He made quick decision to add some fish to the grill and throw some sweet potato fries in the oven.

*eye roll*

When I set the plate down in front of him his first response was, “This looks good!” and the second was, “This is way more food than I thought it would be…why didn’t you stop me from making all this other food?”

Well, my dear. Why don’t you just trust and believe that I rarely lead you astray when it comes to food?

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Bacon, Eggs, and Asparagus Salad slightly adapted from Kudos Kitchen by Renee and A Taste of Home Cooking

1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 1/2 Tbsp sherry or white wine vinegar
2 Tbsp + 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Salt and coarsely-ground black pepper
4 large eggs
1 bunch asparagus spears, trimmed
3 strips uncured turkey bacon
3 handfuls mixed salad greens, rinsed and dried
2 Tbsp pine nuts, toasted

Directions:

To make the vinaigrette, combine mustard, vinegar, and 2 tablespoons oil in a small jar and shake or whisk to blend; set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400 F or preheat a grill. Toss with remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, salt, and pepper and roast or grill until just cooked through, about 5 minutes.

Cook bacon on a microwave-safe plate with several layers of paper towel beneath the bacon and one layer on top. Check the bacon for doneness every 20-30 seconds. Cooking time will depend on the strength of the microwave.When the bacon is cool, chop it into bits.

In a skillet, cook eggs over-easy, making sure the yolks are still runny.

Toss the salad greens with three quarters of the vinaigrette, and arrange on each of two plates. Add half of the asparagus to each plate, along with 2 eggs each. Scatter the bacon bits and toasted pine nuts over the salad and serve immediately.

Yield: 2 servings.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 446 calories; 33 g. fat; 370 mg. cholesterol; 757 mg. sodium; 12 g. carbohydrate; 5.5 g. fiber; 28 g. protein

Result: Filling, healthy, balanced, loaded with healthy fats, fiber, and protein. This meal is perfect for spring…and those following a lower-carb lifestyle. This meal was ready in about 20 minutes. I do highly recommend grilling the asparagus, but it can most certainly be roasted. If you have a friend or significant other that is willing to take on assisting, one person can be grilling while the other is frying the eggs and then, this meal is ready in NO TIME flat. Enjoy!

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Teaching, then meetings. I hate meetings…

Be well,

Comments

  1. says

    It is quite possible that I could live on a diet of eggs alone. Just last night, I had scrambled for dinner! This dish seems like a much better choice over typical scrambled, for sure. Just looking at the picture is making me drool!

  2. says

    LOL men definitely have an interesting concept of how much a portion size really needs to me. the guy I’m dating thinks a pound of pasta serves 3. Whereas i firmly maintain that 1/2 lb serves 4. We’ve agreed to disagree. (By which I mean…I win.)

    I love roasted veggies topped with some runny egg yolk. This sounds like an awesome dinner!

  3. says

    One of the foods I never even thought about missing before I got pregnant was runny eggs– now that I can’t have them, I’ve been SERIOUSLY wanting them for the past nine months!! I’m going to make Ryan make this for me after Lila comes :-)

  4. says

    I’m so happy you loved this salad as much as I did. I was almost crying when I realized I didn’t put asparagus on the shopping list last weekend because it meant I couldn’t make this salad for lunch this week. I love everything about it and I’m SO glad you did, too. :)

  5. says

    No leftovers?!?! That’s crazy! I swear- our freezer is full of them. It’s been a real challenge to try and keep the amount down to a reasonable amount…

    I’d take that bacon and asparagus salad any day (I’m currently burnt out on eggs- it was only a matter of time when this would happen).

  6. says

    You had me at bacon! Yep – I’ve worked in corporate law departments where you had a meeting, never accomplished anything, but would meet next week to continue the discussion. Really?!

    Hang in there!

  7. Liz says

    This combination sounds heavenly! I love that it comes together so quick. This will be going in the rotation while asparagus is in season.

  8. says

    Hey Nicole my new Foodbuzz friend!! Love this recipe -has EVERYTHING I love!! By the way I have a private interview with the man himself Jacques Pepin on my website http://www.deniebernier.com. You have a FABULOUS site here. Love your philosophies.
    By the way my brother is a meteorologist on tv on channel 8 in Cleveland, Andre Bernier – do you get him where you are in central OH?
    Take Care, Denié

    • Nicole, RD says

      Small world! Thank you, Denie! I will keep an eye out for Andre! Admittedly, I’m not the best about watching the news…but now I have reason to! Have a wonderful week!

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