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Red Rice Pesto: Gluten-Free and Vegan

Amie Valpone
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Amie Valpone is a Manhattan-based chef, culinary nutritionist, professional recipe developer, food photographer, writer and motivational speaker specializing in simple gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free ‘clean eating’ recipes.

This red rice pasta is not only full of veggies but it's also gluten-free and vegan!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked red rice
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 lb. asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2/3 cup toasted pine nuts, plus more for serving
  • ¾ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup dairy-free or Greek plain yogurt
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 3 chives, finely chopped

Instructions

  • Cook red rice according to package instructions.
  • Meanwhile, steam the broccoli and asparagus. Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a large pot. Add broccoli and asparagus in batches, cover and cook for 1 minute or until bright green and crunchy. Drain broccoli and asparagus in a colander and run under cold water to stop the cooking process. Repeat with remaining broccoli and asparagus. Set aside.
  • To make the pesto: combine cooked broccoli, asparagus, garlic, pine nuts, sea salt, pepper and lemon juice in a food processor. Drizzle in olive oil and yogurt; pulse until smooth.
  • Toss cooked red rice with the pesto mixture. Thin with warm water for desired consistency.
  • Serve topped with additional pine nuts, diced yellow bell pepper and chives.
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