Low-Fat Citrus Marinated Asparagus

Ingredients

1 lb. asparagus, trimmed and pared
2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 scallions, white part plus 1 inch of greens, minced
1 shallot, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 Tbsp minced fresh cilantro
1 Tbsp grated peeled fresh ginger
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp. sesame seeds, toasted

Directions

Put a rack or a steamer basket on the bottom of a large saucepan. Add water until it almost touches the rack. Bring the water to a boil. Add the asparagus, cover the pot, and steam over medium heat, until the asparagus is bright green and crisp, about 2 to 7 minutes, depending on the size. Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. When it's hot, add the scallions, shallot, garlic, cilantro, and ginger. Reduce the heat to medium and saute stirring often, until the vegetables are soft, about 7 minutes. Stir in the orange juice, lemon juice, and soy sauce. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-heat, and continue cooking until it's reduced by a third, about 4 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Place the asparagus in a glass or earthenware bowl. Add the sauce and toss well. Add the sesame seeds and toss again. Chill thoroughly, about 40 minutes. Toss well before serving. Makes 4 servings.



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