I wanted to cook us something quick and light today . . . fresh, and healthy. I remembered seeing this recipe in the June issue of Food to Love and I had everything in the house to make it and so I put it on the menu!
Not only was it incredibly easy to make, but very quick to make also, using a minimum of ingredients
Courgettes (zucchini), asparagus, chicken stock and brown rice. Oh, and a bit of Parmesan cheese and some fresh parsley. Not a lot really!
I used the pre-cooked brown rice that comes in pouches that you can keep in your store cupboard. I always have some of that stored away. It always comes in very handy!
I prepped all of my ingredients . . . cleaning and chopping the vegetables, grating the cheese, and it went together very quickly. I am sure I had it ready and on the table in less than 15 minutes!
I used a gel pot stock, the kind you get from Knorr, and I used the vegetable one which meant that the dish was completely vegetarian. Well, except for the cheese. I know a lot of veggies don't use cheese because it is a milk product and they don't even use anything produced by an animal.
I've never quite understood that myself. I get the not wanting to eat meat bit, but not the not using anything that is produced by animals. Surely there is not a lot wrong with that, but I might not be seeing it in quite the same way as they do.
In any case this is delicious. With lots of colour and crunch along with a bit of nuttiness from the brown rice.
I love courgettes and I love asparagus, but if you didn't like those I am sure you could create another combination that would be equally as tasty . . . like green beans and peas . . . or, well, just use your imagination. I think almost any vegetable combination would work . . .
Except for maybe beetroot, that is not unless you want to be eating pink rice!
Some people don't mind eating pink food. I am quite fond of beetroot myself! I hope you will give it a go! It would make a lovely quick and tasty mid-week supper!
*Asparagus and Courgette Rice*Serves 4
Extra Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on the finished dish
For the die hard protein fans in your life you could add some leftover chopped meat of course, but a lovely fried egg also goes very nicely on top. Just saying! Scrumpdiddlyumptious!! Bon Appetit!