Easy dinner recipes: New Mex Migas and more egg ideas in under 30 minutes

Easy dinner recipes: New Mex Migas and more egg ideas in under 30 minutes
Asparagus with bread crumb-fried eggs (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

Eggs for dinner? You bet. They're not just for breakfast -- eggs work well in a variety of dishes, and they're so easy to prepare. And did I mention fast? These three ideas come together in under 30 minutes:

Asparagus with bread crumb-fried eggs: Dinner doesn't get much more simple than a simple fried egg cooked over crisp bread crumbs, draped over steamed asparagus spears and topped with a drizzle of vinegar for a touch of acidity. It's perfect, and it's dinner in less than 30 minutes.

Creamy scrambled eggs: Even scrambled eggs work well at dinnertime. Gently cook them to a soft scramble, sprinkle over some chopped fresh herbs and serve alongside some toasted baguette slices. It makes for a perfectly light main course.

New Mex migas: You say chilaquiles, Food editor Russ Parsons says migas. Whatever you call them, you can't go wrong with this one-dish comfort food combining eggs, chiles, tortilla chips, beans, cheese, sour cream and cilantro. You can find the recipe below.



Total time: 20 minutes | 4 to 6 servings

Note: Out of season, New Mexico chiles can generally be found in containers within the frozen section of well-stocked supermarkets.

2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup chopped green onion (green parts only)
1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped roasted and peeled green chile, or fresh salsa
8 eggs, beaten until smooth
4 ounces (about 2 3/4 cups) tortilla chips, preferably stale
1/2 cup grated cotija cheese, divided
1/2 cup cooked black beans
1/4 cup Mexican sour cream, plus more to taste
1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro

1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet. Add the green onions and cook until they wilt slightly, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the green chile and cook until fragrant, another minute or two.

2. Add the beaten eggs and let sit until they just begin to set, about 1 minute. Salt lightly, sprinkle the tortilla chips over top of the eggs and stir, folding the unset egg over the chips. Cook quickly (to keep the chips from softening), stirring until the eggs are almost set, then stir in half of the cotija cheese.

3. When the eggs are set to your taste, an additional 2 to 3 minutes, divide the mixture evenly among 4 to 6 heated plates, or serve it family style on a large platter. Spoon over the black beans, then the remaining cheese, sour cream and the cilantro. Serve immediately.

Each of 6 servings: Calories 296; Protein 14 grams; Carbohydrates 17 grams; Fiber 3 grams; Fat 19 grams; Saturated fat 8 grams; Cholesterol 271 mg; Sugar 1 gram; Sodium 287 mg.

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