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Asparagus & Vegetable Rice Casserole

Asparagus is available year-round, and spring is the best season for fresh asparagus. It fights depression and puts you in a good mood. Asparagus is also a powerful aphrodisiac and one of the best foods to increase libido.

This recipe below is so easy to prepare and so healthy.  The great thing about this recipe is; if you have leftovers, you can actually turn this into soup the next day. That’s right…just add all the ingredients into a large stove top pot, add 2 parts water and 1 part broth,  sea salt  for seasoning. Let it boil for approx an hour and viola you have a hearty vegetable rice soup for lunch!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cup basmati rice
  • 1 large onion,chopped
  • 1 large green pepper,chopped
  • 1 medium size green cabbage,chopped
  • 1 lb asparagus, chopped on an angle
  • 3-4 garlic cloves,minced
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, finely chopped(optional)
  • 1 can 28oz crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp raw agave
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp of dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup fresh curly parsley
  • sea salt
  • Ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium saucepan, bring the vegetable stock, salt to a boil over medium-high heat Stir in the rice
  2. Cover the saucepan, reduce the heat, and simmer until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender, about 30 minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Using a fork, fluff the rice and place in a large serving bowl. Add the parsley and set aside.
  4. In a large pan saute over medium-high heat, add the coconut oil and heat. Add the garlic and onion and saute, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the remaining vegetables and cook, about 5 minutes. Add herbs, salt and pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes. Add your crushed tomatoes and agave
  5. Once cooked for about 10 minutes, mix the rice into the pan of vegetables and sauce
  6. Pour into a casserole dish and bake for approx 35-40 minutes, covered with foil

Yield:- 4-6 people

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