Monday, July 22, 2013

3o-Minute Meal: Asparagus and Brown Rice with Tahini Sauce

With still getting back into trying new recipes and blogging, I asked on the Chefteebs Facebook page if anyone had suggestions. Someone asked for a quick, 30-minute meal. I chatted with my mom about it and she thought this recipe would be perfect. 

I really love this tahini sauce. It's delicious in a rice bowl with any mixture of vegetables. It's very easy and simple to make. It's been a recipe that I have made several times and is always well-loved!

 Asparagus and Brown Rice with Tahini Sauce

3 T. olive oil
1 can of chickpeas, rinsed & drained
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1 bunch of asparagus, cut in 1" pieces
3 C. brown rice, cooked
1 C. almond slivers, toasted lightly

Tahini dressing:
1 garlic clove, smashed into a paste
1/4 C. tahini
zest of 1 lemon
1/4 C. fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 T. olive oil
2 T. hot water

Make dressing, by whisking garlic, tahini, zest, juice & oil. Add hot water to thin & salt. Set aside.
 In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add chickpeas and a sprinkling of salt. Saute until they are a crusty color. Add garlic and onion. Stir. Then stir in asparagus. Cover with a lid a minute or two. 
Uncover, stir in rice and almond slivers. Taste for salt. Serve drizzled with some of the dressing and serve the rest on the side. 
Alongside this delicious and quick meal, I served a salad made of chopped broccoli, lettuce from the garden and fresh balsamic-dijon dressing and toasted potato rolls from my favorite bakery, Cake Box Bakery
This recipe is a great go-to meal to make during a busy week. The asparagus was perfect. The last few times I went to buy some they were skinny and flimsy. 
Feel free to suggest recipe ideas. If you haven't already, connect with me on my Facebook page to get updates and leave suggestions. 
I hope you are all enjoying your summer.
Chef Teebs