Monday, June 23, 2014

Meatless Mondays: Grilled asparagus with crusty pistachio and feta

Being a girl, I sometimes feel like I should like salads a lot more than I actually do, because let's be real, when given the choice between a juicy slab or rabbit food? I'm definitely taking the meat. That was until I discovered this recipe. It is so simple (yay for another 15 minute meal with minimal cleaning) yet packed with so many flavours and textures that it's guaranteed to turn even the meanest carnivore into a tree hugging bunny (ok, this analogy is getting out of hand). 

1) Place asparagus on a baking tray and stick in the oven at 400F for five minutes.
2) In the mean time, grind pistachios into small chunks. (If you don't have a pestle and mortar or a food processor, stick it in a zip lock and bang it around).
3) Take asparagus out of the oven, sprinkle with sea salt, pistachio chunks and bake for another 10 - 15 minutes until the asparagus is soft.
4) Top with crumbled feta cheese and drizzle with honey lemon vinaigrette*.

*To make honey lemon vinaigrette, mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of honey and 1/4 cup olive oil.   

This also makes for a great hassle-free dish to show off on your next date night or dinner party! Simply pair with a a buttery Chilean seabass and a bottle of chilled white wine and voila - date #2 in the bag. 

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