Shaved Asparagus, Spinach and Pea Salad with Quinoa

Roman Emperor and asparagus aficionado, Caesar Augustus, had an expression — Velocius quam asparagi conquantur!  Literally it meant “Faster that cooking asparagus,” but the point Augustus was trying to get across to his military minions was “Get going already”! Shaved Asparagus, Spinach and Pea Salad with Quinoa

Today I’m sharing a no-cook recipe that, by definition, IS FASTER than the already fast task of cooking asparagus. Try my Shaved Asparagus, Spinach and Pea Salad with Quinoa, it comes together in mere minutes and will pass muster with even the pickiest produce eaters!   Continue reading

Asparagus and Feta Egg Scramble – Breakfast in 10 minutes

Are you scrambling to get out the door on time when the sun rises and skipping (or stumbling) right past breakfast? Missing your morning meal is a mistake for sure – I always end up getting “hangry” mid-morning and end up molesting the vending machine. That’s why I like to plan ahead just a bit to have ingredients on hand to make a quick fix like the Asparagus Egg Scramble with Feta Cheese  I’m sharing today or to prep a make-ahead meal  such as my Barn Raiser Beef & Egg Casserole (freezable in individual portions).

sparagus and Feta Egg Scramble is a simple, protein-rich breakfast solution that comes together in 10 minutes.

So, if you’ve got 10 minutes in the morning, you have a whole 600 seconds to get cracking on this Asparagus Egg Scramble with Feta Cheese. If you prep veggies the night before, you might be able to get it done more quickly!  This easy egg recipe also makes a lightning-speed dinner solution on those nights when orchestrating a complicated meal is absolutely, positively out of the question.

This is how to get the speed you need -asparagus, spinach and tomatoes sautés together on the stove top while eggs are scrambled on a nearby burner. When the two skillets are just seconds from being done, just slide out the contents from one into the next and stir!

Asparagus Egg Scramble with Litehouse Foods Feta Seasons

I’ve give this breakfast dish some salty, tangy zip thanks to the distinctive flavor of feta cheese – love using the new Simply Artisan Reserve Feta Cheese Crumbles, the container sprinkles these tiny cheese pieces just like a grated Parm. It’s genius!  Look for it, along with Bue Cheese Seaons in the specialty cheese section of your local grocery store.

I’ll be sharing this recipe on the Expo Floor Sunday morning, Jun 5th,  at the International Deli-Dairy-Bakery Food Show in Houston, Texas. Swing on by, if you’re attending!

Asparagus & Feta Egg Sandwich

Meanwhile, make an easy feat of feasting with the Asparagus Egg Scramble with Feta Cheese recipe! Serve straight from the skillet or spoon atop toasted whole grain toast – I’ve even bookended between bread to eat sandwich-style when rushing out the door. Enjoy!

What is your biggest hurdle getting out the door in the morning? Eggs, how do you take them? Are you running or competing in anything this weekend? Please share in the comments — XOXO, Jennifer

Asparagus & Feta Egg Scramble
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Cook Time
8 mintues
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time
8 mintues
Asparagus & Feta Egg Scramble
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time
8 mintues
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time
8 mintues
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In medium bowl, whisk eggs and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Spray 12” skillet with cooking spray and bring to medium-low heat. When hot, add eggs and stir fairly vigorously using spatula, for approximately 5 minutes.
  3. In another 12” skillet, add olive oil and bring to medium-high heat. Add asparagus and carrots and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Next add spinach, tomatoes and garlic, stirring frequently and continuing to sauté for about 3 additional minutes or until spinach is wilting.
  4. Keep eggs on medium-heat and add sautéed vegetable mixture, stirring to incorporate.
  5. Remove from heat and sprinkle with feta cheese crumbles.
  6. Season additionally with salt and pepper, if needed.
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Anniversaries and Olive Oil Roasted Asparagus with Almonds

Married for 24 years and I havent' killed him  . . . yet!

Married for 24 years and I havent’ killed him . . . yet!

Pulled together this post on the fly, since the sponsored one I had planned is being held up “in the legal department,” or that’s what I was told. I have my own legal department at home, also known as my hubby, which reminds me to let the world know that it is our 24th wedding anniversary. Yes, I got married in kindergarten.

Of course, we had to celebrate with beef – I killed my CrossFit  15.3 WOD today with 1st place age group South Central region. That was 200 wall balls and 701 jump ropes in 14 minutes, so I was totally in #beefmode afterward!

 

 

Beef Filet with Sauteed Spinach - TheFitFork.comThis is a shot of my husband’s delicious dinner from Steiner Steakhouse, he got the sautéed spinach as his side. What you don’t see is the asparagus on my plate that gobbled up before the obligatory food blogger photo.

How To Roast Asparagus

Eating at a fancy steakhouse can cost a pretty penny, but also am a pro at making restaurant worthy steaks and sides at home. A favorite is the pan-seared, oven-finished filet with balsamic tomatoes I did for BeefLovingTexas.com. I also make some amazing asparagus at home and will be making it frequently now that these fresh spears of spring have sprung up in the market.  This vegetable recipe is super easy to make — it’s drizzled with olive oil, roasted in the oven, and topped with almonds, bacon or whatever your heart desires.  Way better than mush steamed asparagus, in my opinion!

Olive Oil Roasted Asparagus with Almonds

Also check out Cooking Light’s video tips on choosing, preparing, storing, and serving this quintessential vegetable of spring.

Cooing Light's Asparagus Tips Video

Olive Oil Roasted Asparagus with Almonds
Olive Oil Roasted Olive Oil with Almonds
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Make restaurant-worthy asparagus cheaper and tastier than what you get as a steakhouse side with this easy oven-roasted vegetable recipe.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Olive Oil Roasted Asparagus with Almonds
Olive Oil Roasted Olive Oil with Almonds
Print Recipe
Make restaurant-worthy asparagus cheaper and tastier than what you get as a steakhouse side with this easy oven-roasted vegetable recipe.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.
  2. Snap tough ends off bottom of spears (approx 1").
  3. Lay spears out in single layer on rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Drizzle asparagus with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Shake baking sheet back and forth to coat.
  5. Roast in oven for 25 minutes, flipping asparagus half-way through to cook evenly.
  6. After 14 minutes, add raw almonds to small baking sheet. Place in oven for remaining asparagus cooking time (11 minutes).
  7. Remove asparagus and almonds. Let almonds cook for a couple minutes and then chop coarsely. Sprinkle asparagus with almonds and serve.
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Fresh Feast – Farmer’s Market Beef, Veggie & Brown Rice Salad

jennifer fisher - thefitfork.com - farmers market beef veggie saladIn the excitement of debuting the Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner ad, I forgot to add one of my favorite beef dishes to my Top 10 List of Beef Recipes.  Boasting colorful veggies, lots of good lean beef protein, and whole grains, the Farmer’s Market Beef Vegetable & Brown Rice Salad is a repeat winner and a real beauty on the table. One serving has 36 grams of protein and just 6 grams of carbs. Make a big batch for dinner and then pack the leftovers in a to-go container for a sustaining snack on a busy work day or a muscle-making mini-meal after a tough workout. It’s even perfect to pack for just lounging around by the pool or on a summer picnic. In case you’re wondering, this photo shows a triple batch of the recipe. I was hungry.

Brown rice is considered a whole grain since it still has the hull. That also means it’s high in fiber and, as far as carbs go, releases sugar slowly into the body. In fact, studies show that those who eat just one half cup of brown rice daily reduce their risks of developing diabetes by 60 percent. Conversely, those who consume white rice regularly increase their chances of developing diabetes more than 100 fold. But, if you still don’t do rice in your diet, never fear! Just take that right out of the recipe, the salad still tastes great.

Farmer’s Market Beef Vegetable & Brown Rice Salad

  • 1 beef top round steak, cut 3/4 inch thick (about 1 pound)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cups asparagus pieces (2-inch pieces)
  • 1 medium yellow squash, cut lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 3 cups hot cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup diced, seeded tomatoes
  • 1 cup canned garbanzo beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Combine marinade ingredients in small bowl. Place beef steak and 1/4 cup marinade in food-safe plastic bag; turn steak to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 6 hours or as long as overnight. Reserve remaining marinade in refrigerator for dressing.

Remove steak from marinade; discard marinade. Place steak on rack in broiler pan so surface of beef is 2 to 3 inches from heat. Broil 12 to 13 minutes for medium rare (145°F) doneness, turning once. Remove; keep warm.

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add asparagus and squash; cook and stir 7 to 8 minutes or until tender. Toss with rice, tomatoes, beans, basil, salt and reserved marinade in large bowl.

Carve steak into thin slices. Serve over rice salad. Serves 4.

Nutrition information per serving: 514 calories; 15 g fat (3 g saturated fat; 8 g monounsaturated fat); 61 mg cholesterol; 593 mg sodium; 6 g carbohydrate; 7.3 g fiber; 36 g protein; 8.6 mg niacin; 1.1 mg vitamin B6; 1.5 mcg vitamin B12; 5.9 mg iron; 50.8 mcg selenium; 7 mg zinc.

This recipe is an excellent source of fiber, protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc.
From The Healthy Beef Cookbook, published by John Wiley & Sons