Super-Quick Brown Rice With Asparagus, Chickpeas, and Almonds

Recipe by JessHinkson
READY IN: 15mins




  • Pop Trader Joe's frozen brown rice in the microwave, or make a batch of rice the traditional way.
  • While rice is cooking, make the dressing by whisking together half of the chopped garlic, tahini, lemon zest, lemon juice, and 3 tbs. olive oil.
  • Add the hot water to thin a bit, and then 2 teaspoons salt. Set aside.
  • Add 3 tbs. olive oil to a big skillet over medium-high heat, swirling to coat the pan.
  • Be sure the chickpeas are completely dry, or they'll spit at you during this next step!
  • Add the chickpeas and a sprinkling of salt. Let the beans saute for a couple minutes, until they get a toasty little crust on them.
  • Add remaining garlic and onions. Stir for a minute.
  • Stir in the asparagus with another pinch or two of salt, then cover with a lid for a minute to steam until the asparagus softens a touch.
  • Uncover and stir in the rice and almond slivers, reserving a few almonds for garnish.
  • Adjust seasonings, adding more salt if needed.
  • Serve family-style in a big bowl drizzled with a few tablespoons of the tahini dressing, letting each person add more dressing to their tastes.
  • Watch as this magical concoction disappears before your eyes!