Savory Citrus-Asparagus Brown Rice

Savory Citrus-Asparagus Brown Rice Recipe
Hands-on Time: 10 min., Total Time: 10 min.

Yield:

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living Food for Today

Ingredients

1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 (8.8-oz.) packages UNCLE BEN'S READY RICE Whole Grain Brown Rice
1 lemon
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup freshly shaved Parmesan cheese

Preparation

1. Combine asparagus, 2 Tbsp. water, and salt in a medium-size microwave-safe bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap; fold back a small edge to allow steam to escape. Microwave at HIGH 2 1/2 minutes or until crisp-tender.

2. Prepare rice according to package directions.

3. Grate zest from lemon to equal 1 tsp., and squeeze juice from lemon to equal 1 Tbsp.

4. Add rice, lemon zest, juice, and pepper to asparagus, tossing to combine. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

August 2009
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