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I wasn’t sure what I’d write about tonight. As we both worked together in the kitchen on dinner, I asked Hubby for some ideas for my blog post. He said, “That! That asparagus you make is amazing.”
Oh…really!? I mean, we eat asparagus a fair amount around here, but I never knew that he thought it was amazing. It’s so simple that it never even crossed my mind to share it. Maybe he’s right, though. He actually brought up a very good point about real food recipes we find online.
It seems like a lot of real food bloggers end up posting pretty difficult or obscure recipes that can lose their audiences (keeping it real…I know that I am guilty of this, too). Sometimes it’s nice to find an easy, straightforward, healthy, *real* food recipe you can whip up quickly. I mean, maybe what is a normal, easy, expected side dish for my family will be new to yours. Agree?
Alrighty then, I’d like to share one of those recipes with you now.
|Very Simple Asparagus & Peppers|
Tonight we had chicken thighs (our favorite part of the chicken) on the grill that had been marinated in my Homemade, Zesty BBQ Sauce. Delish and crazy simple. It took me probably 2 minutes to rinse and coat the chicken so it could marinate. I left it marinate on the counter for probably 30 minutes. That’s when I put the asparagus and pepper dish together, which took probably 10 minutes.
We like the above listed spices, but you can certainly improvise. In fact, please do and let me know what you like best! That is the nice thing about a recipe like this. You don’t always have to follow the spices to a ‘T’ because you can add more or less (or change completely) what works for your tastebuds.
I will say that the ume plum vinegar is quite sweet, so you wouldn’t want to add more (unless you love sweet asparagus, which you might, and that’s okay). I have mentioned this vinegar before (here in this post about how to cook the perfect steak). This is one obscure ingredient that you may not have heard of before, but I encourage you to get to know it. It is lightly fermented (which is a good thing for our bodies) and it is very versatile for marinades, especially when it comes to meat.
Seriously though, healthy, *real* food does not have to be difficult. It can be, and that can be fun, but sometimes all we need is a simple *real* dish that almost anyone can make. Are you with me on this?
What is your favorite easy, go-to, *real* dish at your home? I’d love to hear!
Until next time…
Jess, aka Scratch Mommy