Ok, after yesterday's Triple Chocolate Cake with Fudge Filling and Chocolate Buttercream, 5x the chocolate, even I was feeling guilty and had to make something somewhat healthier.
Another one of my 2011 Food Goals is to cook/eat more vegetables. For me personally this isn't that hard to do, there have been times in my life that I might as well have been a vegetarian (although I am not one), like when I was pregnant with my first child, I rarely, rarely, ever ate meat! But being the cook and trying to make everyone happy (the hubby who sticks to lettuce and cucumbers for his green veggies, and two children 3 and under! ) I don't always cook that many vegetables.
And this is the response I got from my husband when I said I needed to go to the grocery store for vegetables: "You need vegetables for what?!" Ummm.. what else do you primarily do with vegetables.. EAT THEM! (or if you are like our household the animals aka horses get them!)
So, I have started off the first week of 2011 with Oriental Cashew Asparagus
Oriental Cashew Asparagus
1 lb. fresh asparagus spears
1 small jar of mushrooms (or fresh button mushrooms quartered)
1 medium red onion quartered
1/4 c. red pepper chopped
4 T. butter (2 T. for vegetables, 2 T. for sauce)
2 T. flour
1/4 C. water + 2 T. water
4 T. teriyaki
4 T. extra virgin olive oil (2 T. for vegetables, 2 T. for sauce)
4 T. cashew halves
Snap off bases from asparagus and slice into ~ 1 inch pieces.
Quarter red onion.
Chop Red pepper.
Melt 2 T. butter in large saucepan at medium heat and saute onions for a couple of min. until just tender.
Add asparagus and pour 2 T. extra virgin olive oil over. Then add red pepper and mushrooms.
Add a dash of salt and 1/4 tsp. or desired black pepper.
Cover and let steam for ~ 5 min. (less if you want veggies more crisp-tender).
Remove vegetables from pan
*Loco Cocoa tip:Put vegetables in a metal bowl and cover with foil to keep warm.
In same saucepan, melt 2 T. butter, reduce heat to low, add 2 T. flour to melted butter, stirring. Add 4 T. teriyaki, and 1/4 C. water and 2 T. water stirring constantly, cook until thickened and bubbly. If sauce gets too thick add more water or additional 2 T. of olive oil. Remove sauce from heat pour over vegetables and toss, adding in cashews.
A great way to get some of your veggie servings in for the day!
And I must say this vegetable dish seemed to be a hit with all in the family, even the reluctant husband, although I did have to say, no triple chocolate cake if you don't eat all those red peppers you left on your plate! :0)
The one year old did the best at cleaning the veggies off of her plate!! Maybe we all need to learn something from one year olds!