Howdy folks! Hope your week has started off well.
Most weeks, I post a main course recipe. I have quite a few in my arsenal. But, one of the things I am not great about thinking ahead on is side dishes. I can excitedly prepare a fabulous main course for my family, only to realize about 15 minutes before serving it that….I have nothing to serve it with. (Secretly, that’s why I like casseroles, because it’s an all-in-one meal). I have gotten better about it, and have tried to build my side dish repertoire. Yes, I like to keep some frozen and packaged things on hand (think a Stouffer’s side dish or a Lipton’s noodle/rice packet). But, I find the most satisfaction out of my cooking when I make the whole meal myself.
What can I say? I’m quirky that way.
Anyway, I’ve found some great sides – simple things that you can throw together quickly with few ingredients. Since I’ve been posting fresh Spring-inspired meals over the last few weeks, I figured I’d spend a few weeks posting some simple sides to pair with those meals.
I prepared today’s side dish over the weekend. I was making a new pork chop recipe (OMG – it was so good, and I can’t wait to share it with you all in the next few weeks), and was trying to decide on what side dishes to serve with it. I had some of those Steam-n-Mash Potatoes in the freezer as a backup. But, I needed some veggies to round out the meal. After scouring my fridge, I found that I had some asparagus to use up.
I love asparagus. Love love love.
Asparagus is one of those awesome Springtime veggies. My favorite way to prepare asparagus is on the grill (yes, I will share my grilled asparagus side dish recipe soon – fear not). But seeing as Saturday was SO COLD, I wasn’t going to have Hubby fire up the grill for a measly few minutes of asparagus grilling. My next favorite way to prepare asparagus is roasting it. But seeing as these amazing pork chops were using up my oven at the wrong temperature, I had to do some research to find a different way to prepare asparagus.
After some internet searches, I found a great recipe. And it turned out amazing – and it is super healthy!
1 lb bunch of asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 tsp Sesame Seeds
1 TBS Olive Oil
2 TBS Sesame Oil
1 TBS Soy Sauce
1/4 tsp sugar (literally a pinch)
Heat pan over medium heat. Add sesame seeds and heat for several minutes until toasted. Remove from pan and set aside.
Add Olive oil to pan, heat, and add asparagus. Cover and stir fry for 3 -4 minutes. Add Sesame Oil, Soy Sauce and Sugar. Cover and continue to heat for another 5 minutes. Asparagus should stay crisp-tender.
Remove from heat, place in serving bowl, and garnish with toasted Sesame Seeds.
This seriously was SUPER easy and VERY tasty. Another flavor option is to add diced green onion (maybe 1/8-1/4 cup, depending on your taste buds) when you add the Sesame Oil, Soy Sauce and sugar. It added a very mild flavor that we enjoyed. BUT it’s optional – the asparagus tastes great with out it!
More side dishes to come!
Have a great week!
To read more about Steph’s life and recipes, check out her blog, Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Mom.