When I started my kids at preschool for a few hours a week this fall, I thought that would free up some time from my crazy schedule. But that was wishful thinking. Have been spending the first week at Starbucks mobbing, the second week home attending to a sick family including myself. Now the third week's here and I still haven't gotten to my halloween projects. Maybe I should take up a time mangement course. If I ever find the time!
So this week I have been preparing simple dinners like bbq-ing meat dishes since the weather have been cold and dry. Have been preparing the side dishes over the stove, and one of the more favorable vegetable dishes that was also family-approved was this easy asparagus side dish. I made it twice so far, and added chicken in the second time I stir-fried it for a complete meal, and it was delightful both ways. Adapted this recipe from Jamie Elizabeth Flick of Staten Island, NY and was published in Bon Appetite.
3 tablespoons light soy sauce
3 teaspoons sugar
3 tablespoons oriental sesame oil
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 pounds asparagus, ends trimmed, cut on diagonal into 2-inch-long pieces
4 teaspoons sesame seeds
Stir soy sauce, sugar, and sesame oil in small bowl until sugar dissolves. Heat oil in heavy large skillet. Add garlic and stir 15-20 seconds. Add asparagus and stir-fry until crisp-tender, about 4-5 minutes. Add soy mixture and toss until asparagus is coated, about 1 minute longer. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowl; sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.Note: A simple, healthy and tasty side dish that can be whipped up in no time. If only more dishes can be done that way. This recipe will be good for french cut green beans too!