Chipotle Lime Asparagus is a perfect side dish for those busy evening where you need a quick and easy meal. You will love this tender asparagus cooked in a butter-lime sauce and tossed with rice and cilantro. It pairs perfectly with SeaPak Butterfly Shrimp or any entree!
If you are a busy mom like I am, you know how tough it can be to serve a meal that everyone in the family really enjoys. And it can be extra challenging on weekdays, when the afternoons and evenings are jam-packed with homework and activities!
Every once in a while, a meal just comes together and we are all able to sit and enjoy a few minutes eating as a family and catching up with each other. When I can make that happen, I consider it a #MomVictory. With the help of SeaPak shrimp, this dinner was quick and easy, which made achieving that #MomVictory a whole lot easier!
By midweek, everyone in my house is getting a little worn down, including (maybe even especially!) me. I must confess, I have been tempted on more than one occasion to just plunk down a big box of Cheerios for dinner. After a really long day at work, and knowing I have the tasks of the evening still ahead, I want dinner to be easy to make and something I know everyone will like, and cereal fits the bill! (Note: I have not actually done that. Well…ahem…maybe once. But there was fruit involved too, I swear!)
Even though it is super-easy, I am pretty sure that cereal is not the best meal choice out there, so one of the ways that I avoid the Cheerios dinner is by being prepared with another option! I like to have a backup plan already in mind with something simple and quick that I can just throw together when a more complex undertaking just isn’t going to happen.
This dinner with SeaPak Butterfly Shrimp served alongside Cilantro Lime Asparagus and Rice is one of my new favorite backup plans! In 20 minutes, I was able to get this meal together and make everyone happy. While the entree was cooking in the oven, I prepared the flavorful asparagus and rice side dish, which perfectly complemented the golden, crunchy butterfly shrimp. #MomVictory! The entire dinner was a hit!
Cilantro Lime Asparagus and Rice
- 3/4 pound fresh asparagus (cut into 1 to 2 inch pieces)
- 3 tablespoons butter (or substitute)
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon lime zest (optional)
- 1/2 cup cilantro (roughly chopped)
- 3 cups cooked rice (your favorite)
Blanch the asparagus (place in in a large pot of boiling water for approximately 1 to 2 minutes, until the asparagus turns bright green. Then drain and run very cold water over the asparagus to stop it from cooking). Set aside.
Melt the butter in a large saucepan.
Add the lime juice, salt, and lime zest. Stir until combined.
Add the asparagus and stir until well-coated. Cook until hot, about 3 to 4 minutes.
Combine the cilantro and rice in a large bowl.
Mix in the asparagus and lime juice mixture.
Nutrition information is approximate. Your results may be different due to different brands/products and measuring differences.
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