Brown Rice with Asparagus
1 cup brown rice
2 1/4 cups water or broth
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, as needed
1 bunch fresh asparagus, trimmed and sliced
1 teaspoon soy sauce or black bean sauce, or other seasonings as desired
Combine rice, water or broth, and salt in a covered microwave pot or glass bowl with a lid.
Microwave on high for 10 minutes, then on half power for 25 minutes, or until the liquids are absorbed and the rice is done. Set aside. In meantime, either microwave the asparagus pieces, covered, using 3 minutes per pound of asparagus; or gently sauté the slices in a non-stick skillet with a lid until just barely tender and bright green. Add the seasoning, and serve with the brown rice.