Blanched asparagus with hemp seed dressing

i love asparagus, any kind, any way, I never met an asparagus I didn’t like! Hehehe, same goes for donuts!! ūüėČ

This recipe is so simple and quick… And you can make it with roasted asparagus, blanched, steamed… Or with any other vegetable like zucchini, broccoli rabe…

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I simply blanched them in boiling water for 2-4 minutes depending on thickness and then shocked them in ice water so they remain bright green and keep their bite. Nice and bright ūüôā

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Here is the fun part, the hemp seed dressing, super easy and good for you. Here is what you’ll need:

1/4 cup shelled hemp seeds
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 medium clove garlic, roughly chopped
1 teaspoons pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon salt + pepper
small handful fresh cilantro

Place all ingredients except cilantro in a high-powered blender and blend on low working to high until smooth. Scrape the sides and blend again. Add the cilantro and blend for a few seconds until nice and incorporated.

Drizzle over asparagus and enjoy!

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I enjoy mine with fresh crusty baguette. Nom!

Potatoes ‘a la importancia’ or Potatoes of importance.

This is a great simple delicious dish from Spain, from Castille, and the vibrant saffron sauce surely makes it a looker!!! It’s a little pain in the neck to fry the potatoes, but if you pick a big frying pan¬†like I did, you’ll be done pretty quick.

This dish is vegetarian, and a total comfort food that can be a side dish to fish or meat, (like us tonight), in our case tender, juicy, sous vide cooked fillet mignon. So while¬†those babies get cooked with no effort on my part, I’m messing with the potatoes.

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Here is what you’ll need (serves 4)

1 1/2 lbs. of potatoes, you pick (I use russet and they turn out beautiful every time)

3 eggs

1 small vidalia onion

3 cloves of garlic (pressed)

1/2 cup good white wine (the kind that you would drink)

Flour

Extra virgin olive oil / Plus sunflower seed oil (any vegetable oil will do) for frying

Saffron

3 cups of vegetable broth or water

Salt

Parsley

First you have to cut the potatoes about 1/3 of an inch thick and season them. Then in a shallow bowl beat the eggs. Put flour in another shallow bowl and coat the potatoes first with flour then with the eggs.

Then briefly, (don’t go crazy) fry them until light golden brown and let them rest on a plate lined with paper towels while you make the saffron sauce.

Sautee the onions and garlic in about 2 tablespoons of the extra virgin olive oil until soft and a little bit golden, season them. Add a tablespoon of flour and cook it for about a minute or two so the sauce doesn’t taste floury. Add the white wine and stir it so no lumps form, cook for a few seconds until smooth and them add the broth or water along with the saffron.¬†Add salt to taste.

When is all well incorporated, add the potatoes carefully and cook gently, over low heat for 15-20 minutes stirring them occasionally until the potatoes are cooked through. Sprinkle the parsley and serve immediately.

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Enjoy!