Bulgur Pilaf with Asparagus

June 10, 2013 · 3 comments

in quick and easy,rice and grains,vegetables

 

If you’ve been around here much, you know that we’re all huge asparagus fans. As soon as it might possibly, maybe, sort of be in season, we pick  up a bunch (or 3). And, if you really pay attention around here, then you might also know that we eat tons of bulgur. It’s one of my absolute favorite grains because it’s so healthy for you, tastes nutty and fabulous, and cooks up in no time.

It stands to reason, then, that as soon as I saw this recipe pop up in my reader, it went on the menu. And after we ate it and enjoyed the leftovers, it went right back onto the menu the following week. Sometimes, we pay so much attention to the main course, that sides tend to be a second thought (if a thought at all). This pilaf is a perfect side to pretty much anything, and the bonus is that since it contains both carbs and vegetables, you don’t need to think about a second side at all. Or, hey, just eat it as a main dish (I think it would be great with goat cheese too. Just sayin’.)

I’ve made this with green onion and leeks and I prefer the leeks, but it’s great with both. The pilaf is toasted and nutty, the asparagus is nice and crisp, and the citrus and basil bring a great springtime brightness to the dish. You can bet I’ll be making this at least a few more times before the end of asparagus season (but let’s not talk about the end of asparagus season – maybe then it won’t happen).

 

 

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Joanne June 10, 2013 at 5:23 am

I feel the same way about asparagus season! I think I’ve been buying at least two bunches every week. And…I always seem to have bulgur around! Need to try this as a side!

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Kate June 10, 2013 at 11:31 pm

2 weeks in a row is pretty impressive.

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Joelen June 10, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Oooh – this looks good. I might have to try this with quinoa since bulgur isn’t gf but I love the idea using asparagus. I’m so used to preparing it just roasted [read: boring.] Thanks for the idea!

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