Apple A Day Wellness

Grain Bowl with Asparagus

Prep time 25 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces

8 oz. pre cooked farro, quinoa, rice or grain of choice (about 4 cups)

1 Tbsp. butter or butter substitute

1 tsp. lemon zest

2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 Tbsp olive oil, divided

1 fennel bulb thinly sliced or 2 sweet onions or scallions, sliced thin

3 cups shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, sliced

1 tsp fresh minced garlic (can omit)

dash salt

1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

2 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped (optional)

Directions:

Heat 1 1/2 tsp olive oil in skillet over medium high heat

Add mushrooms, stirring until browned and liquid has evaporated (about 6 minutes)

Add garlic and cook about 1 minute

Reduce heat to medium, add remainder of oil to skillet, adding fennel, asparagus, stirring until tender-about 6 minutes

Place pre-cooked grain of choice in a large bowl

Stir in butter,lemon zest and juice, salt; then add the cooked veggie mixture

Divide among 4 smaller bowls, topping with almonds, scallions and cheese

Garnish with dill (optional)

This recipe is high in fiber and low in calories which helps with weight loss

-Cooking Light Magazine, Ivy Odom