Creamy Asparagus Red Rice Pesto

Creamy Asparagus Red Rice Pesto
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Creamy Asparagus Red Rice Pesto
Amie Valpone
Creamy Asparagus Red Rice Pesto

Why do we not make more red rice? Notice how everybody talks about the white and the brown… but not the poor old red. Well, welcome in, red rice — it’s so ruby red that it stands out in any dish. It kind of gives off that "Eat Me" vibe. Doesn’t it?

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6
Servings
388
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2  Cup  red rice
  • 2  Cups  broccoli florets
  • 1  Pound  asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2/3  Cups  pine nuts, toasted, plus more for serving
  • 3/4  Teaspoons  sea salt
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4  Cup  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1  Cup  dairy-free or Greek plain yogurt
  • yellow bell pepper, diced
  • chives, chopped finely

Directions

Cook the red rice according to the package directions.

Meanwhile, bring 1 cup water to a boil in a large pot over high heat. Add the broccoli and asparagus in batches, cover, and cook until bright green and crunchy, about 1 minute. Drain the broccoli and asparagus in a colander and run under cold water to stop the cooking process. Repeat with the remaining broccoli and asparagus. Set aside.

Combine the cooked broccoli, asparagus, garlic, pine nuts, sea salt, pepper, and lemon juice in a food processor. Slowly add the olive oil and yogurt and pulse until smooth. Toss the cooked red rice with the pesto mixture. Thin with warm water to the desired consistency. Serve topped with additional pine nuts, bell pepper, and chives.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
31g
44%
Sugar
5g
6%
Saturated Fat
12g
50%
Cholesterol
18mg
6%
Carbohydrate, by difference
19g
15%
Protein
12g
26%
Vitamin A, RAE
32µg
5%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
25mg
33%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
43µg
48%
Calcium, Ca
155mg
16%
Choline, total
34mg
8%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
88µg
22%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
67mg
21%
Manganese, Mn
2mg
100%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
216mg
31%
Selenium, Se
5µg
9%
Sodium, Na
474mg
32%
Water
99g
4%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Asparagus Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age.

Asparagus Cooking Tip

Different vegetables have different cooking times – cook each type separately and then combine.