Steamed Asparagus and Broccolini

What is life without greens? I love and live greens. Green is also my favorite color. Well here I’m talking about eating greens and not green color. My mom regularly cooked many varieties of greens when we were growing up. Amaranth, fenugreek, malabar spinach, brahmi/pennywort etc. After moving to LA I was fascinated by the variety of greens available in the stores. Sometimes I feel like a kid in a candy store confused as to what kind of greens to buy. Chard, watercress, arugula (most favorite) the list is endless. 

On some days I crave greens so i make them for lunch It is very simple and highly nutritious too. I always buy organic greens. These days organic produce is affordable as compared to about 15 years back when organic produce started being available. I use a bamboo steamer and line the bottom with banana leaf and place the greens on top of the leaf and steam. I use nutritional yeast in place of cheese as it is rich in Vitamin B 12 and is beneficial to vegetarians and vegans who can’t get enough of this vitamin from plant sources.

Servings

1-2 servings

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

10-12 minutes

Total Time

15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup broccolini, washed and trimmed
  • 1 cup or 12 asparagus stems, cut into thirds
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice 
  • 2 tsp freshly cracked pepper
  • 2-3 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese, optional
  • 2 banana leaves to line at the bottom of steamer, optional

PREPARATION

Step 1
Place the prepared veggies in the steamer lined with banana leaf. 

Step 2
Add salt and pepper, steam on medium flame for 10-12 minutes.

Step 3
After 12 minutes turn off the flame. Add oil, nutritional yeast, lemon juice and mix lightly.

Top with cheese and enjoy hot.

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The famous proverb "you are what you eat” as quoted by the French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin is very true. Food nourishes you from the inside out. Good health is of utmost importance to me. Vegetarianism and Veganism are gaining immense popularity these days. Natural, organic, healthy and homemade is my mantra.

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