With farmer’s markets up and running for the season, as well as my favorite local fruit and veggie supplier, I have more produce than I usually know what to do with. Everything looks so beautiful that I buy with my eyes instead of following my shopping list. The wonderful bounty can turn into a trash can full of waste if I’m not careful. So what I usually do to avoid this is lay everything out when I get home from shopping and plan meals around what I bought. Large fruits like pineapples and melons get peeled and chopped and put away in the fridge for easy snacking for the kiddos (and me). Other things get cooked for dinner, with the most perishable things getting used first. And any leftovers most likely will find their way into my breakfast.
I found the most wonderful tiny shiitake mushrooms at the market this week. My daughter commented on how delicious they were and how different they taste compared to other mushrooms. She’s right! Combined with some leftover roasted asparagus, I had the makings for a tasty treat of an omelet.
Asparagus and Shiitake Omelet
4 stalks of asparagus, cut into one inch pieces
1/2 cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
Salt & pepper
In a small bowl beat the eggs with a pinch of salt & pepper. Set aside. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil and toss in your onion and mushrooms. Saute for a couple of minutes until veggies are tender. Add asparagus and cook another minute or two (since my asparagus was already cooked I just added it at the end and tossed it until it was heated through). Remove veggies to a bowl and set aside.
Add another drizzle of olive oil to the pan and swirl it around to coat the surface. Pour eggs into the pan. Move them around with your spatula, lifting the edges and tilting the pan to move the uncooked egg to the pan surface. You’ll end up with a lumpy moon crater surface, with all of the egg mostly cooked but still a little glossy on top. This is how you avoid omelets that are runny in the middle or overcooked on the outside!
Sprinkle cheese all over the egg surface. Pile all of the veggies on one half. If needed let it cook a few seconds until the egg is set and the cheese is melted.
Fold over and slide onto a plate. Enjoy!