Love Asparagus? Try This 5-Ingredient Meatless Monday Recipe

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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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