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.
- 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
- Wash and cut the asparagus to bite size.
- Heat a non-stick pan with oil.
- 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.
- 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.
- Add the asparagus and mix.
- Garnish with the freshly chopped coriander and serve!
- Serve with any protein of choice.
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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