Creamy Asparagus Red Rice Pesto

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Creamy Asparagus Red Rice Pesto
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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Ready in
55 m
6
Servings
413
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cup red rice
  • 2 Cups broccoli florets
  • 1 Pound asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 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
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 3 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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
22g
34%
Sugar
4g
N/A
Saturated Fat
3g
16%
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Protein
10g
20%
Carbs
48g
16%
Vitamin A
81µg
9%
Vitamin B12
0.2µg
2.5%
Vitamin B6
0.4mg
22.5%
Vitamin C
90mg
100%
Vitamin E
4mg
18%
Vitamin K
47µg
59%
Calcium
107mg
11%
Fiber
4g
18%
Folate (food)
84µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
84µg
21%
Iron
4mg
21%
Magnesium
132mg
33%
Monounsaturated
10g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
4mg
20%
Phosphorus
317mg
45%
Polyunsaturated
7g
N/A
Potassium
598mg
17%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.3mg
15.3%
Sodium
265mg
11%
Thiamin (B1)
0.4mg
26.8%
Zinc
3mg
18%

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