White Beans with Roasted Asparagus and Peppers in Chimichurri Sauce
Often times we can get stuck in a rut when it comes to dinner. Making the same flavors and foods all the time can get old. I know I am guilty of it; I tend to use the same herbs a lot. However, I recently was given large bunches of parsley and cilantro, herbs I tend to forget about. I decided to step outside the flavor realm I normally live in. My creativity started to take over, thinking about what I can use them with. Then I was watching a cooking show, and the woman made some Chimichurri sauce. It had both herbs in it! Bingo…I created my own version of it and served it over a simple main dish of white beans with roasted asparagus and peppers. It was a delicious and flavorful sauce, sort of like a pesto but without the nuts and cheese. It would be wonderful over grilled meat or fish as well for those of you that are not vegetarians.
Amy currently works in our deli contributing to the variety of healthful foods we offer. She graduated with a degree in studio art from Bethel University in 2007, but in her senior year of college, found that her passion was with the art of food. She later used her photography and culinary skills to create a vegan dessert and food blog, Fragrant Vanilla Cake. She is also a cookbook author, of the books Just Vegan Cakes, Fragrant Vanilla Cake: Sweet and Savory and Rawlicious Desserts. She specializes in raw, vegan and vegetarian recipes. Local,fresh and organic food has always been her focus in whatever she creates.
Pre heat oven to 450 degrees, and line a baking sheet with foil.
While it heats, make the sauce. Combine all sauce ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth (adding a little water if too thick, you want it to be a thin sauce consistency). Set aside.
Toss the asparagus and peppers with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and place on the baking sheet. Roast for about 15 minutes or until starting to brown at the edges.
Meanwhile, in a nonstick skillet, heat 1 Tbsp olive and add the beans and garlic and saute until heated through, about 5 minutes. Add sea salt to taste. Once beans have heated through and veggies have cooked, place beans on each of four plates, and top each with some asparagus and peppers. Spoon the chimichurri sauce over each and serve!
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- Allergen Friendly
- Heart Healthy
- Side Dish