Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Easy Rainbow Veggie Sauté



As a California girl, I love Trader Joe's. However, when I lived in California, the nearest one was a 30-minute drive, so I didn't shop there too often. Now that we live in Virginia, I have a TJ's just a 6-minute drive from my house. Yes, truly it was one of the benefits of moving here. Just about once a week, I pull a bag of TJ's potstickers out of the freezer to make a quick meal from my family. I usually pair it with rice or whole wheat couscous. However, that leaves our meal looking rather, well, brown. So, I usually add some veggies to the mix. Last night I pulled together this easy sauté with a rainbow of spring produce -- asparagus, tricolor bell peppers, carrots and celery. Not only was it yummy, but it made our meal look pretty too!

Easy Rainbow Veggie Sauté

2 Tablespoons butter or olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup sliced carrots (about 4 carrots)
1 cup sliced celery (about 2 1/2 ribs)
1 cup asparagus, chopped into about 1-inch pieces (about 12 thin spears)*
1 cup tricolor pepper strips*
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

* I used frozen grilled asparagus and tricolor pepper strips from Trader Joe's rather than fresh.

Melt butter in skillet. Add garlic and sauté for about a minute. Add carrots, celery, asparagus and pepper strips. Sauté until desired tenderness. If you use frozen vegetables, cook the fresh produce first and then add the frozen since it won't take as long to cook. Season with salt and pepper.

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2 comments:

Amy Green @ Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free said...

Yum! This is right up my alley! I'm coming over so you can cook for me.

xoxo,
Amy

Janel said...

Thanks Amy! This is such an easy thing to make and keep the ingredients on hand -- especially if you pick up the frozen peppers & asparagus at TJ's. I love the extra color that the peppers add.

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