Monday, February 20, 2012

Simple Asparagus & Quinoa

I found asparagus on sale at our market and let it sit on the counter for a few days while I tried to figure out what I wanted to do with it.  This is what I did with it:

1/2 cup Quinoa, rinsed
1 cup Water
1 lb. Asparagus, rinsed and trimmed
1 tsp. olive oil
2 Tbs. Butter
1 Tbs. Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp. soy sauce
Salt & Pepper

Bring water, with a pinch of salt, to a boil.  Add quinoa and reduce heat to low.  Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.  When cooked, remove from heat.

Toss asparagus in olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Bake in an oven-proof pan for 12 minutes or until tender.  Brown butter in a heavy bottomed pan.  Be careful not to burn, but it should be a golden brown.  Add vinegar and soy sauce and simmer until slightly thickened.  Poor over cooked asparagus.  Top with quinoa and enjoy!

Devin Hendrick Photography

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