Spring Dinner

Spring is finally here! At Take Care Coaching, we love to shop at our local farmers market and enjoy all the beautiful colors and new flavors of spring. Fresh asparagus is one of our favorite vegetables to eat this time of year. It is packed with amazing fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

To celebrate the season with local asparagus, below is one of our favorite recipes:

Yield: Serves 5-6

Total Time: 45 minutes (30 minutes if quinoa is already cooked)

Ingredients

1 cup red quinoa (or any other color)

2 ½ cups vegetable broth (or use vegetable bouillon)

1/3 cup dried currants or raisins

¼ cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling

3 gloves garlic, minced

4 Portobello mushrooms, sliced

1 large red onion, halved and sliced

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 bunches or 1 lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into pieces

¼ chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Dash of lemon juice

4 oz feta cheese, crumbled

Salt and pepper

Directions

1.      Cook quinoa according to package (usually 15-20 minutes) but use 2 cups of broth in place of water. Once quinoa comes to a boil reduce heat to low and add currants/raisins and simmer until liquid is absorbed. Keep covered to stay warm.

2.      In a large frying pan, heat the ¼ cup oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, mushrooms, and onion. Season with salt and pepper. Sauté until the vegetables soften and begin to brown, 4-6 minutes.

3.      Stir in the vinegar and cook until absorbed, about 2 minutes.

4.      Add the asparagus and toss to coat with the oil.

5.      Add the remaining ½ cup broth and cook, stirring occasionally, until the asparagus is fork-tender, about 4 minutes.

6.      Stir in the cooked quinoa, parsley, lemon juice, and half of the feta.

7.      Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper.

8.      Garnish with the remaining feta, drizzle of olive oil, and serve.

This dish pairs well with a side of salad and fresh bread from the farmers market!

*Recipe is adapted from McMillan, K. (2012). One Pot of the Day: 365 Recipes For Every Day of the Year. San Francisco, CA: William Sonoma.

Here are more ways to enjoy asparagus this time of year:

Fruits and Veggies: More Matters (2018): Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Asparagus: https://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/top-10-ways-to-enjoy-asparagus  

Happy Spring!

Megan Aronson