Asparagus and Basmati Rice

Hi Everyone,

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Asparagus and Basmati Rice Since I haven’t really updated you on my eating habits and workouts, I thought I would do that here.  I was doing really good on my eating and then I went to Monterey and blew it all.  Oh man did I eat bad!!  Desserts every night, lots of bread, granola coming out my ears and I couldn’t stop.  By the time I came home from a 4 day trip I gained 3 pounds.  Not good at all.  So last week, I decided to kick myself into gear!   I exercised 5 days last week, by doing spinning, elliptical and weight training.  I only exercised for about 30 – 45 minutes, but pushed myself  hard.  As for eating, I stayed away from bread, except for one day, limited my sweets to the Cannoli’s that I posted on Sunday and ate big salads, protein and lots of vegetables throughout the week and even had a protein shake for breakfast Mon – Fri.  My snacks were snap peas in the morning (I love them), and yogurt with fruit in the afternoon.  I lost the three pounds I gained and two more pounds, so that is a total of 5 pounds last week.  That’s a lot, but my guess is that most of it was water weight.  I know this week, I won’t do as well, but I’m hoping to drop at least 1 – 2 pounds to be practical   It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.  My biggest problem is snacking when I get home from work, so I kept myself busy by exercising, blogging and doing housework.  I’m going to try it again this week and see how I do!   One of my side dishes I had last week was my Asparagus and Basmati Rice.

Asparagus and Basmati Rice Salad I love asparagus, but my Husband is not a fan of it, unless I wrap it in bacon or prosciutto, so I needed to come up with a dish that I can use it with that I know he would eat to.  I decided to use my asparagus in a rice side dish, since my Husband is a fan of rice.  I sautéed up some onions, garlic, bell pepper, threw in some chicken stock and cut up asparagus, spinach and tomatoes.  It turned out wonderful, and since there is a higher ratio of vegetables to rice it’s pretty low-calorie.

Asparagus and Basmati Rice Salad I served this rice with a side of chicken and for me, I topped my rice with a pinch of Parmesan Cheese and Balsamic dressing, my Husband put soy sauce over his.  I left the salad more on the plain side so we could add whatever dressing or toppings we want, if any.  This dish is satisfying, healthy and oh so good!  I had left overs for lunch the next day, I placed the rice of a bed of lettuce and added some leftover chicken from dinner, a drizzle of balsamic dressing and had a nice quick salad.   It didn’t even need to be heated up, it was just right the way it was.  I even nibbled on some leftovers straight from the fridge.  I love healthy, tasty dishes like this and you do know if you have too much leftovers, you can freeze it to.  That’s what I normally do with my rice dishes, but not this one, I had plans to eat it until it was gone!

Asparagus and Basmati Rice Salad

Asparagus and Basmati Rice
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 5 Cups (4 servings)
  • Serving size: 1½ cups
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
A healthy, vegetarian rice salad loaded with asparagus, tomatoes and bell pepper.
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups basmati rice, cooked
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • ¼ cup onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ¾ cup sweet bell pepper, diced
  • ½ cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cup asparagus, cut into ¼" pieces
  • ¼ tsp. ground pepper
  • ¾ cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 cups spinach, fresh
Instructions
  1. Cook Rice according to directions on package. I used a half cup dry to 1 cup water (add rice and water to a pot, bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 12 minutes, fluff with a fork).
  2. In a skillet, add olive oil, onions, peppers and garlic. Saute for about 5 minutes until slightly soften. Add chicken broth, asparagus and black pepper. Cook for about 3 minutes. Add cherry tomatoes and spinach, stir until spinach is wilted.
  3. Stir in rice and serve.
Notes
Calories: 127.8, Fat: 2.2, Cholesterol: 0, Sodium: 25, Potassium: 398, Carbs: 25, Fiber: 2.9, Sugar: .01, Protein: 4.3

Asparagus and Basmati Rice Salad Well my Friends, I have lots of catch up work to be done, like laundry and making dinner and so on.  It seems like chores never end!

Have  a great day!

Toodles,

Jennifer

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Asparagus and Basamti Rice

Comments

  1. Fabulous salad! I love everything in it!

    I agree that snacking right when I come home from work is my downfall! If I am busy after work and have to run errands or something, I don’t snack at all and don’t even notice it. But if I go straight home, suddenly I’m starving (or, I think I’m starving)! Doing housework is a good idea to distract yourself… plus my husband would probably appreciate that ;)
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    • lol, when my Husband comes home I walk him around and tell him I cleaned this and I did that, blah, blah! If I don’t tell him he doesn’t notice. lol But yah the snacking is the killer part, like you if I run errands, I don’t even notice I’m hungry, but if come straight home I am starving, like i never ate that day! It’s horrible!! I’m trying hard to change that mind set. Ugh!

  2. At first glance I thought this was quino.,,,, I cant spell… but its not its rice…. love it, making it!!!

  3. I love this colorful, wholesome spring dish Jennifer! It’s definitely something I’d love to make soon!
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  4. Go girl! I’m trying to push myself lately as well. It’s not easy at all :) And this rice meal sounds super healthy.
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  5. I love how colorful this simple, but elegant dish is! I love this kind of rice, too!
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  6. What a colorful side dish!!! Looks delicious!

    BTW love your blue background!!!
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  7. Love this dish & love asparagus! Your husband sounds a lot like my son. He was 5 the first time he tried asparagus and it was wrapped in prosciutto, and he loved it. OF course the next time I served it {roasted} he turned up his nose at it. Oh, well…can’t win them all! I am officially jealous of the poppies in your backyard!! :-)
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  8. This looks great, perfect for spring! I need to get some asparagus asap.
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  9. This looks seriously delish. Two of my fave things. I adore asparagus and basmati rice gets bought in bulk here. Great recipe lady.
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  10. I LOVE the color! This dish looks amazing! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    We have a Gluten Free gift basket giveaway this week! One lucky winner will score an awesome basket, just in time for Mothers Day!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com
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  11. Awesome!

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