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Roasted Vegg with Poached Egg and News!

Exciting things first – then we’ll get to the healthy, cooking for one bit.

1) No, I’m not pregnant. Though the recipe for today is one I’ve been craving on a super human level. It has poached egg.

B) I’ll be appearing on the Seattle PBS station later this month cooking it up on TV! There is some debate as to which of my recipes I’ll be creating, but it’s between the baked chicken piccata and bananas foster creme brulee. Decisions, decisions. They will be deciding shortly.

iii) What in the name of holy-crap-I-need-better-style am I going to wear? Kat suggested going Pippa Middleton with the blazer route. Or a cardigan, which is much more my speed —> according to Ben cardigans are mom clothes. What does he know?

Exhibit A.

Yeah, he’s the hottie on the left. In answer to the question you’re too afraid to ask – those bibbers and ugly ass shirt are probably in the closet somehwere… (Since he’s 300 mi away there’s no time like the present to find that shirt and burn it.)

Okay – back to the news. I will keep any one interested up to date when I get more details and hopefully there will be video that I can snag to display my nervous giggles and manic hand talking to all of you via live TV. What are the rules on having a shot before cooking on TV? Probably a no-no, huh? Darn.

Moving swiftly on to the recipe at hand tonight.

Cooking for one is a challenge. It is easier to cook for a herd when you can throw everything into a pot, have it come out spectacularly and anyone within the four walls of your apartment will willingly scarf it down. Ben.

But with my future husband being 300 miles away for the last nearly 6 weeks, my voyage into the “joy” of cooking for one has been unfullfilled…until now.

The small problem that this poses is that so far in that nearly 6 weeks, this is the only dish I’ve made that is perfect for one. I’m a little slow on the uptake here. No judging. Okay feel free to judge. I am judging myself a little.

There has been a steady stock of asparagus in my fridge since it came into season. And I love it, dismissing the obvious and not so pleasant after effects. But it is a cinch to make especially when cooking for one. With a few Yukon Golds leftover as well it seemed appropriate to mix them together in some sort of fast fashion and feed my soul.

The last part was adding the poached egg on top. It saved me from whipping up a full blown calorie laden Hollandaise that would have shoved me off of the health train. Not that I was particularly on it before… A few months ago I learned the secret to poaching an egg lay in two things – the depth of the pan and the addition of a small dose of vinegar to the water. Problems solved. And when you can poach an egg solo without the aid of a poaching caddie, you’re golden.

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Cube your potatoes into bite size pieces. Let the potato pieces soak in warm water for at least 10 minutes to remove the excess starch. In the mean time, snap the ends from your asparagus and toss in olive oil. Once the potatoes have soaked, drain and pat dry with paper towels. Toss in olive oil and start roasting on a non-stick baking sheet. After 15-20 minutes, toss potatoes and add in asparagus that has been tossed in olive oil. Let roast additional 10-15 minutes or until asparagus are fork tender and potatoes are golden brown.

Poach your egg by adding 1 teaspoon of vinegar to a shallow pot of water. Slip that little bundle of tasty into a pot of simmering water and let steep for 4 minutes. Gingerly pick out of the water, plate over the top of the asparagus and taters and toss on a little parm if your’e feeling rebellious. C’mon you know you wanna.

Roasted Asparagus and Potatoes withPoached Egg

Yield: 1

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Total Time: 45 Minutes

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8 spears of Asparagus
1 Yukon Gold Potato, cut into bite size pieces
3 Tbsp Olive Oil, divided
1 Egg
1 tsp Vinegar
Salt and Pepper
1 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese, shredded
1 tsp Lemon juice, optional


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Cut potatoes into bite size pieces. Place into a bowl of warm water and allow to soak for 10 minutes. Drain and pat dry with paper towel. Toss in 1 1/2 Tbsp Olive oil. Place potatoes on non-stick baking sheet. Roast for 15-20 minutes.
Snap ends off of asparagus. Toss in 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil. Place on baking sheet along side the roasting potatoes. Continue roasting vegetables for 15 more minutes.
In shallow pot or skillet, heat water until just simmering. Add in vinegar to lower the pH of the water. Gently slip egg into the skillet and fold over egg whites to keep egg together. Allow to simmer for 3-4 minutes or until whites have become opaque. Remove gently with a spoon and allow to drain excess water.
Dish asparagus and potatoes onto plate, top with poached egg. Top with parmesan cheese, lemon juice and season with salt and pepper if desired.


22 Responses to “Roasted Vegg with Poached Egg and News!”

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 3, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

    When I first saw the title, I totally thought you were pregnant. But the news of being on PBS cooking is just as amazing! Congrats! I’m so excited for you! The chicken piccata looks wonderful but if I had to choose, I would totally go with the banana’s foster creme brulee. I mean that looks INCREDIBLE! There are no words, really.

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — May 3, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

    That is great news! Congrats! Ps… wear something that doesn’t show sweat stains! 🙂 Xo

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    Baking Serendipity — May 3, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

    My husband travels a lot and I try to do a decent amount of cooking for one. Sometimes I consider anything that’s not cereal a success. Oops. Congrats on your tv spot! So, so cool!

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    Jessica — May 3, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

    CONGRATS! That is super exciting! I am so happy for ya!

    P.S. That poached egg is PERFECT! Yum!

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    Carrie @ Kiss My Whisk — May 3, 2012 @ 11:25 pm

    SO EXCITING! Let me know when and I’ll definitely be watching or my DVR will be set, probably both. So pumped for you!

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    Jen @ Juanita's Cocina — May 4, 2012 @ 3:52 am

    Congrats!!!!! How awesome!

    Also, if I could cook just for myself, THIS is what I’d make!

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    Rachel Cooks (formerly Not Rachael Ray) — May 4, 2012 @ 4:50 am

    I jumped right to preggo so it was good that you cleared that up right away 😉

    CONGRATS! Can’t wait to see the video! I hope they go with the brulee. 🙂

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    Julie @ Table for Two — May 4, 2012 @ 5:27 am

    ahhh congrats!!! that’s so awesome!! xoxo..don’t wear grey cause if you sweat, like Laurie said, you can totally see hahaha…wear something BRIGHT so it’ll be like “POW IT’S MEGAN!”

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    Michelle — May 4, 2012 @ 5:35 am

    Congrats on the tv appearance 🙂 must be fun!!! And this breakfast looks yummy

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    Nicole, RD — May 4, 2012 @ 8:08 am

    I have had something similar but without the potatoes. And well, potatoes make everything better! Congrats on the TV appearance – that’s neat!

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    Lauren — May 4, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    Woohoo!! You rock!

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    Kirsten — May 4, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    Yay for Megan! I can’t wait to see you on video. I hope you get to rock the creme brulee because it is truly awesome. I second Lauri’s advice for wearing something that doesn’t show sweat!

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    Rachel @ The Henway — May 4, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    Ohhhh I just picked some asparagus last night, this will be a great use for it!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — May 4, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    Congrats! That’s such awesome (and if it were me, nerve wracking) news! I had an appetizer that had these exact ingredients in it at a restaurant last month. To die for. That is all.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 4, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    Congrats! Can’t wait to hear how it goes 🙂

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    Rina@Itheecook — May 4, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    Totally awesome! Fantastic news. Congrats! 🙂

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    Cassie — May 4, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

    Whooo! Go you, I can’t wait to see your cute face on TV!!

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — May 4, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

    Congrats on the TV slot (and for your engagement, this is the first I had read of it!!)! I know, cooking can be a total bore when the man’s not around…I typically do the same ol sauted veggies on quinoa bit which gets old when my bf’s outta town. Your meal looks amazing and very well balanced! Your poached egg just looks perfect and creamy and those taters have such a nice crisp to them! Happy Cinco De Mayo!

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    surlykitchen — May 5, 2012 @ 6:34 am

    looks divine. congrats on the TV appearance! that’s awesome news

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — May 7, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    Whoo-hoo! Congrats on the TV appearance! You’ll do great!

    P.S. Will you come over and teach me how to make a poached egg? I am worst at these!

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    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — May 7, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

    The hottie in extra-heavy bibs and flannel plaid is questioning your style? Whatev. Tell him cardigans are totally in, and really cute and feminine. Pair it with a pencil skirt and you have a classic winner. Good luck on your tv appearance! Really happy for you!


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