Asparagus is an amazing spring-time treat. Sauteed with olive oil, salt and pepper or cooked over the grill it’s quick and easy to enjoy.
Among other things, Asparagus is great for:
* strengthening female hormones
* promoting fertility
* relieving menstrual pain
* easing constipation
* reducing phlegm and mucus
I wish I could say I came up with this recipe on my own…I didn’t. It’s from 101 Cookbooks.com and, in my book qualifies as very Smart & Very Sexy…and..too good not to share.
The pictures were from a cooking class I taught a few years back. Everyone LOVED the dish, I have no doubt you will as well!
Note** When you cook the brown rice ahead of time, this dish is super easy to make and always a hit!
Tasty Asparagus and Brown Rice
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 or 2 14-ounce cans of chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), drained
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 bunch asparagus, cut into 1/2-inch segments
3 cups pre-cooked brown rice (1 cup un-cooked rice yields 3-4 cups cooked)
1 cup almond slivers, toasted
Fine grain sea salt
Add a couple glugs of olive oil (roughly 3 tablespoons) to a big skillet over medium-high heat.
Swirl the oil around to coat the pan, then add the chickpeas and a sprinkling of salt. Let the beans sauté’ for a couple minutes. Add the garlic and onions, stirring around to mix with beans.
Stir in the asparagus, add more salt; cover with a lid for a minute or two to steam–just until the asparagus brightens and softens up a bit.
Uncover and stir in the rice and almond slivers, reserving a few almonds for garnish. Add more salt to taste.
Add in half of the Tahini dressing, reserving the remaining for each person to add more to his or her tastes.
1 garlic clove, smashed and chopped
1/4 cup tahini
Zest of one lemon
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons hot water
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
Whisk together the garlic, tahini, lemon zest and juice, and olive oil. Add the hot water to thin a bit and then the salt. Set aside.