Savory Citrus-Asparagus Brown Rice

Hands-on Time: 10 min., Total Time: 10 min.

Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings
Recipe from Southern Living Food for Today

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  • 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


  1. 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. 2. Prepare rice according to package directions.
  3. 3. Grate zest from lemon to equal 1 tsp., and squeeze juice from lemon to equal 1 Tbsp.
  4. 4. Add rice, lemon zest, juice, and pepper to asparagus, tossing to combine. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.
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