Asparagus and Spinach Rice Fricasse

Asparagus Recipe

Do you think asparagus is only for the rich? I used to! My head tells me it’s only for the French. I knew nothing about asparagus until I came to Ireland in 2008. Since then I was also introduced to MasterChef and guess what they cook when Jay  Rayner visits? Yep, asparagus! In my over three years of blogging, I think I have only four recipes with asparagus.  I have this sticky rice with dill and asparagus, curried green bean, mackerel and asparagus, vegan asparagus frittata and the oldest is this vegetarian asparagus biryani.

Last Saturday though, as I entered my local Lidl in Balbriggan, my eyes caught the big red sign that usually states there’s an offer. Obviously, that’s the first place I went.  And I was delighted to see that asparagus was on offer for I think 45 cents. I can’t remember, but it was under 50 cents.

Without delay, I put 12 bunch in my shopping trolley! During the rest of my shopping, I was making mental notes of all the asparagus recipes I was going to try.  I felt all eyes on me with half my trolley filled with asparagus. But I was brave, and I saved some money too!

On Sunday, I woke up, cooked then brought breakfast in bed for my husband. He was shocked! Can you guess what I made? Grilled Harissa asparagus with my Baked Egg stuffed  pepper.  That morning I grilled three bunch of asparagus for the 6 of us. At least 4 of us where happy.

How to Remove Pesticides from Fruits and Vegetables

Now if you are asking about my organic advocacy, you know we can’t get everything organic, but yes we try.  For the days, we are using a non-organic veg we have a trick:

This process helps remove some of the chemicals sprayed, of course, it won’t eliminate all pesticides, but it makes me feel better that I tried removing as much as I could.  Use apple cider vinegar or Juice of fresh lemon. In this article, Dr Mercola explains the type of vinegar, and it’s use.

 

Two days after I grilled some more asparagus with lamb chops and sweet potatoes. That was a hit too.  And then this rice and asparagus fricassee.

Fricasse is a Mauritian term we use to describe a method of cooking.  It usually means sauteing or braising.  You could do a vegetable fricassee or rice with vegetable and meat. It’s a creative version of a stir-fry. Use fancier ingredients or anything that’s in the fridge. In my case, I had more asparagus in my fridge that I would like to admit.

Asparagus and Spinach Rice Fricasse

Asparagus and Spinach Rice Fricasse

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of cooked organic sprouted red rice
  • 200g Asparagus
  • 200g Fresh spinach
  • 1 table spoon of coconut oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 chopped tomatoes
  • 2 clove of crushed garlic
  • 1 thumbs size crushed ginger
  • Bunch of freshly chopped coriander

Instructions

  1. Wash and cut the asparagus to bite size.
  2. Heat a non-stick pan with oil.
  3. Put the Asparagus and cook until almost cooked but still has a crunch to it (about 7 minutes). Remove and place on a separate plate.
  4. Add some more oil in the pan, then add the onion, tomatoes and crushed ginger garlic. Cook till the tomatoes are soft and reduced. Add the spinach and rice. Season and cook for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the asparagus and mix.
  6. Garnish with the freshly chopped coriander and serve!
  7. Serve with any protein of choice.
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Asparagus is an excellent source of vitamin K, folate, copper, selenium, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin C, and vitamin E. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, manganese, phosphorus, vitamin B3, potassium, choline, vitamin A, zinc, iron, protein, vitamin B6, and pantothenic acid. Source: The World’s Healthiest Food

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16 Comments

  1. June 21, 2017 / 8:20 am

    Looks wonderful Mira. I tried the vinegar trick and you were right, no negative effects at all!

    • Mira
      Author
      June 21, 2017 / 11:26 pm

      Oh lovely! I’m glad you tried the trick

  2. June 17, 2017 / 3:21 am

    Yummy! I needed an idea for dinner tonight. 🙂

    • Mira
      Author
      June 21, 2017 / 1:17 am

      Thats brilliant, Did you make it?

  3. June 17, 2017 / 12:20 am

    Wow, that was a fab offer you spotted! Fresh asparagus is gorgeous.

    • Mira
      Author
      June 21, 2017 / 1:18 am

      That’s for sure, You have to keep an eye open!

  4. June 16, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    Really informative post Mira. And that rice and asparagus dish looks fantastic! I love asparagus and cook it often, I’ll have to add this to my repertoire.

  5. June 16, 2017 / 10:17 am

    I never really think of using asparagus, I’m not sure why I just always seem to overlook it so this has definitely encouraged me to give it a try!

    • Mira
      Author
      June 21, 2017 / 1:19 am

      Just like me Tiffany! Do let me know if you try it!

  6. June 16, 2017 / 6:32 am

    Love this recipe, very easy and simple and sounds delish!

    • Mira
      Author
      June 21, 2017 / 1:20 am

      When cooking for the family easy recipes comes handy! Do give it a try

  7. June 15, 2017 / 11:39 pm

    Asparagus is one of my favourite ingredients I just love it!

    • Mira
      Author
      June 21, 2017 / 1:23 am

      I started to love it too Jenny, Thank you

  8. June 15, 2017 / 10:58 am

    Oh my word, I LOVE your tip and will absolutely soak my veggies in ACV from now on. Thank you!

    • Mira
      Author
      June 21, 2017 / 1:25 am

      I’m glad this post gave you something tp bring home Tonia. Do, it will make just a bring difference to your health

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