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Thai asparagus and lemon grass brown rice

My husband loves Thai food so I like to try to find easy Thai recipes for him. These recipes come from “Thai: The essence of Asian Cooking” by Becky Johnson. The meat pictured is Thai Ribbons, a recipe that I posted a while ago. It should be in the archive. The veggie is broccoli stems b/c I didn’t have asparagus, but we really liked it. We’ll have to try it with the asparagus. I put our changes in parenthesis. The broccoli was on the spicy side, but you can omit the red pepper if you don’t like it spicy. The rice had a really nice homey flavor and wasn’t spicy at all. It made a nice balance between the spicyness of the veggie and meat.  let us know how the thai asparagus and lemon grass brown rice turn out.

What Is Lemon Grass?

Lemon grass is a type of grass native to Asia, Africa, Australia, and tropical islands.

It is used as a lemon-tasting herb in cooking, or may be used for medicinal purposes.

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Lemon grass contains small amounts of anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-C and vitamin-A.

Lemon grass is a rich in the minerals potassium, zinc, calcium, iron, manganese, copper, and magnesium.

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Asparagus is packed with vitamins and minerals.

Asparagus is rich in vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6, and contains minerals such as folate, iron, copper, calcium, protein, and fiber.

Thai asparagus and lemon grass brown rice

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Thai asparagus and lemon grass brown rice. Thai Night By: Jennifer

Thai Asparagus and Lemon Grass Brown Rice

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4


For Brown Rice with Lime and Lemon Grass

  • 2 limes
  • 1 lemon grass stalk 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon grass herb blend
  • 1 Cup rice brown long grain
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped (omitted per my hubbies request)
  • 1 inch ginger fresh root, peeled & finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 3 Cups vegetable stock chicken stock
  • 4 Tablespoons cilantro chopped fresh
  • Spring onions and coconut strips to garnish omitted
  • Lime wedges to serve

For Thai Asparagus

  • 12 oz asparagus stalks broccoli stems with the thick outer layer removed
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil peanut oil
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds toasted
  • 1 piece galangal fresh, freshly shredded (omitted b/c I didn't have any)
  • 1 red chili fresh, seeded and finely chopped (1 TBL Thai red chili paste)
  • 1 Tablespoon fish sauce Thai
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce light
  • 3 Tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar light


For Brown Rice with Lime and Lemon Grass

  • Zest the limes and set aside.
  • Chop the lower portion of the lemon grass stalk and set aside.
  • Rinse rice in plenty of cold water, until the water runs clear.
  • Drain thoroughly.
  • Heat oil in large pan.
  • Add onion, ginger, coriander, cumin, lemon grass and lime zest for 2-3 min.
  • Add the rice and cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute.
  • Pour in the stock and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and cover the pan.
  • Cook gently for 30 min. then check the rice. If it is still crunchy, cover the pan and cook until soft.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in cilantro, fluff, and cover the pan.
  • Let stand 10 min.
  • Serve with garnish and lime wedges.

For Thai Asparagus

  • Snap the asparagus stalks and discard the woody end.
  • Heat the oil in a wok and stir-fry the garlic, sesame seeds and galangal for 3-4 seconds, until garlic is just beginning to turn golden.
  • Add the asparagus and chili.
  • Toss to mix, then add fish sauce, soy sauce, water and sugar.
  • Toss over heat for 2 min. or until asparagus just begins to soften, and the liquid is reduced by half.
  • Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Thai Asparagus and Lemon Grass Brown Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 337 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Sodium 1318mg57%
Potassium 219mg6%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 526IU11%
Vitamin C 28mg34%
Calcium 62mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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