A Restaurant quality meal you can make in 10 minutes or less

Quick and easy meal ideas

Meals that look impressive, taste delicious and are a snap to make? You don't come across such miracles often, so I had to share this one.

A couple weeks ago I saw a beautiful brunch dish on Instagram. The poster was dining at a trendy NYC restaurant, and I'm sure her meal was pure perfection. I salivated over her photo, realizing I had an immediate urge to jump into it and take a bite of her rich and crunchy breakfast salad. Since I couldn't do that, though, I thought I'd try to recreate it instead.

What I made is elegant and simple. It is decadent and nutritious. It is delicious and artful, yet inexpensive and easy to make.  It's a poached egg nestled atop greens, and it took me less than 10 minutes to prepare. 

So how did I pull off this magical feat? Fortunately many Americans are lazy cooks, so I bought lots of items at the grocery store, already made. Here's how to make a delicious Caesar salad, topped with a poached egg or two:

  • Washed and cut Romaine lettuce
  • Multi-grain croutons. You can make your own, but these are also available in your grocery store
  • Caesar salad dressing
  • Anchovies, if desired
  • Shaved Parmesan,  Romano, and Asiago
  • Eggs
  • Mix Romaine lettuce, croutons, and salad dressing. Cut anchovies and add, if desired
  • Poach eggs: crack eggs and add to boiling water. Boil for 3 minutes
  • Sprinkle shaved cheese on top of lettuce
  • Place poached egg(s) on top of lettuce and salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve with fresh fruit and a great cup of hot coffee
That was easy, wasn't it? Make it next time your in-laws come over for brunch, and get ready to take in all the compliments. You deserve it.

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