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Saffron Rice with Asparagus

Super flavorful Saffron Rice with Asparagus and hints of lemon- a wonderful side or main dish for any occasion. 

Saffron Rice with Asparagus | via veggiechick.com #vegan #glutenfree

Wow, life is a whirlwind lately. I just spent the last week with my 2 sisters in California, visiting friends and family and exploring Napa Valley 3 days in a row! And less than 24 hours after arriving home, today I’m leaving for Europe! The cool thing is, my husband is coming with me so I’m turning my Germany work trip into an extended vacation to Austria and Switzerland! I’ve been to Germany and Austria before, but we’re hitting up some new places I’ve never been, like Munich and Salzburg. Nothing renews me more than traveling and experiencing other cultures. I’m just hoping I can find a vegan wiener schnitzel- ha!

So since I’ll be traveling like crazy in Europe the next week and a half, I thought I’d post a European inspired dish… Saffron Rice. I just love the flavor of saffron and although it is expensive for the tiniest amount, Trader Joe’s has a very reasonable jar (I think it was around $8) and usually lasts me around a year. You definitely don’t need much saffron for this recipe- just a couple small pinches.

So let’s get to it, shall we? I’ve got to get to the airport!

In a large saucepan over medium high heat, combine the vegetable stock, white rice, onion, saffron threads (again, a small pinch goes a long way), turmeric, coriander and spanish paprika. Stir everything together and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer about 20 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and set aside, covered.

In a separate large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.  Add the asparagus and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally until desired crispness. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, if desired. Stir and remove from heat.

Add asparagus to the rice. If you need to toast your pine nuts, this is a good time. Add them to the skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until starting to brown. Add pine nuts to the rice mix, add the lemon juice and and stir to combine.

Enjoy this saffron rice as a side dish or the star of the show.

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Saffron Rice with Asparagus (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Super flavorful Saffron Rice with Asparagus and hints of lemon- a wonderful side or main dish for any occasion.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Vegan, Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsalted vegetable stock
  • 1 cup basmati white rice
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 pinches saffron threads
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon spanish paprika
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound asparagus spears, cut diagonally into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • juice from 1 fresh lemon

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan over medium high heat, combine the vegetable stock, white rice, onion, saffron threads (a small pinch goes a long way), turmeric, coriander and spanish paprika. Stir everything together and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer about 20 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and set aside, covered.
  2. In a separate large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the asparagus and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally until desired crispness. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, if desired. Stir and remove from heat.
  3. Add asparagus to the rice. To toast the pine nuts, add them to the same skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until starting to brown. Add pine nuts to the rice mix, add the lemon juice and and stir to combine.
  4. Enjoy this saffron rice as a side dish or the star of the show.

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6 Comments

  • This looks fantastic ! I’ve been loving asparagus lately 🙂

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    • Thanks Liz! I love asparagus! =)

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  • This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try this out myself!It will go great with the asparagus I plan on growing/planting this year!

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    • Thanks Markus! I hope you enjoy it. Fresh asparagus from the garden sounds like a great idea. =)

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  • Really enjoyed this recipe. I fried the onion and added the spices and then the rice and stock. I fried the asparagus and garlic separately and added lemon juice and rind. Finished with fresh parsley and black pepper. I didn’t have any pine nuts this time but can imagine they are very nice with it!

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    • Thanks Katie, sounds delicious!! =) Thanks so much for letting me know!

      Reply

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