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This dish would make for an excellent lunch. It is light, tasty and easy to prepare!

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 bunches asparagus spears, trimmed (about 40)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons coarsely grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided

Instructions

  • Break the eggs into 8 individual containers (such as teacups, prep bowls, or paper cups). Fill a large, low-sided pan with water, and add vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon salt; bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Meanwhile, bring a separate pot of water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add asparagus spears, and cook 3-4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove asparagus with tongs and set aside.
  • Dry the medium saucepan. Add olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for about 1 minute. Turn off the heat, add lemon juice, parsley, remaining salt, and pepper; swirl the pan to combine. Add asparagus and 2 tablespoons Parmesan; then toss with lemon-oil sauce to coat.
  • Slowly pour each egg into the boiling poaching water and cook for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and remove pan from burner. Divide asparagus among 4 plates.
  • Remove the eggs from water with a slotted spoon, one at a time, blotting bottom of the spoon on a towel to absorb excess moisture. Place 2 eggs on each mound of asparagus. Pour any remaining sauce over each serving and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan. Serve immediately.

Units per serving:

  • Protein: 2.5 (count as high fat protein)
  • Carbohydrate: 1

Nutrition facts per serving:

  • 227 Calories (135 calories from fat)
  • 15g Fat
  • 18g Protein
  • 5g Net Carbs
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