• Love Asparagus? Try This 5-Ingredient Meatless Monday Recipe

    May 12, 2014

    Looking for a super easy meal to make for dinner tonight? Well, look no further! This 5-ingredient recipe will satisfy both your taste buds and stomach, thanks to some seriously filling chickpeas, brown rice, and asparagus.

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    • 1 cup brown rice
    • Chicken (or vegetable) broth
    • 15-ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    • Bunch of asparagus
    • Pecorino Romano or other full-bodied cheese
    • salt + pepper to taste

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    How to:

    Cook brown rice in chicken (or vegetable) broth as directed by rice instructions.

    Cut asparagus into 1-inch pieces and steam.

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    Any time I steam veggies, I nuke them in the microwave in a Pyrex bowl with a lid. Sometimes I’ll add a splash of water as well as a little bit of salt and pepper, but usually I just pop the veggies in it and cook. It’s seriously the easiest way to steam veggie ever. FYI: I nuked the asparagus for this recipe for 5 minutes and it came out perfectly.

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    When the rice and asparagus are finished cooking, combine them with chickpeas, salt, and pepper.

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    Top dish with grated Pecorino Romano and serve!

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    Recipe makes about 4 servings.

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    { 26 comments… read them below or add one }

    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance May 12, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    I love simple recipes like this where the ingredients can be altered depending on what is in season or on hand. Did Murphy snag a bite? My pup can’t get that close without at least one lick 😉


    Tina May 12, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Haha! He didn’t. He knows better, but he’ll always test me! 😉


    Ashley @ A Lady Goes West May 12, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I love chickpeas, not only their taste, but also the fact that they fill you up. What an easy and healthy dish. Thanks!


    Julianna @ Julianna Bananna May 12, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    this looks so delicious! love chickpeas + asparagus!


    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 12, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    And easy…the biggest selling point for me some nights. 😉


    Polly @ Tasty Food Project May 12, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Throwing chickpeas in my salad is definitely one of my go to meals! I love how it’s so simple and easy!


    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run May 12, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    I am on such an asparagus kick at the moment!


    Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} May 12, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    These are my favorite recipes! I love me some chickpeas!


    Julie @ Coastal Runner Girl May 12, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Ohhh what a perfect week night dinner!! Plus, any meal with chickpeas + asparagus sounds good to me! 😀


    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl May 12, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Love simple ingredients that come together perfectly and so easy! Thanks for sharing…. can’t wait to give it a try!


    Megan @ The Skinny-Life May 12, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Love how easy this one this is and the steam tip!


    Katie May 12, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Love this idea and it’s versatility to mix and match with quinoa, black beans, different veggies, etc. and save leftovers for easy lunches!


    Karen Loves to Run (@karenlovestorun) May 12, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    I’ve been loving chickpeas lately! I put them on/in everything. This looks simple and delicious 🙂
    Karen @karenlovestorun


    Andrea May 12, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    This was totally my inspiration for dinner tonight…I subbed quinoa for the rice and roasted my asparagus. Meatless for me, a side of chicken sausage for the fiancee. Great recipe…yum!


    Livi May 12, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    I love my asparagus, and this looks amazing!!


    Michelle May 12, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    This looks yummy. I love chickpeas!


    Amanda May 12, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    That looks yum! I bet it would be good cold for lunch the next day too! Where is that cute white pug on the counter from?


    Emily @ Fit as a Mother... May 12, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Yum! This is exactly the type of thing I would make for a weeknight meal. No muss, no fuss – yet delicious!


    Lisa @ Exercise eat repeat May 13, 2014 at 3:49 am

    That looks really yummy. We don’t have chicken brooth in England and hope that chicken stock would work the same. I love fresh Asparagus and can’t wait to give it a whirl.


    Runner Girl Eats May 13, 2014 at 6:24 am

    Thanks for sharing-this looks so simple and tasty!


    Jenn@ Mark My Miles! May 13, 2014 at 8:23 am

    This looks so yummy and so easy. Thanks for sharing!


    stylein.co May 13, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Looks real good & healthy!


    KateL May 13, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I thought of you last night while I was making my dinner (Is that weird??). I had nothing to eat all ready to go, so I just mixed some leftover brown rice that I had with some butternut squash that I had roasted a few nights ago and mixed in 2 wedges of the Laughing Cow chipolte queso fresco cheese. It was so good!! As I was mixing it, I thought to myself, “This is a Carrots n Cake kind of meal”!


    Tina May 13, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Nice! Sounds delicious!! 😄


    Tara | Treble in the Kitchen May 13, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Love asparagus! This looks so tasty and simple! 🙂


    Traci May 14, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Yum! This has all of my favorite things in it, but I’ve never put them all together in this way.


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