For our dinner menu, side dishes are usually my responsibility. I'm not sure when the duties fell into place it just seemed to work out that way. Not to say I never cook the entire meal or vice versa, but often times it's how we divide and conquer in the kitchen. He could live on meat and I could live on side dishes. Maybe that's why.
In any case, I'm always on the hunt for easy, delicious recipes that are slightly more interesting than frozen vegetables and rice pilaf. One of my standard go-to favorites is
Grilled Asparagus with Toasted Walnuts & Parmesan.
The recipe is incredibly simple and always tastes fantastic. I promise! When buying asparagus, I prefer them to be pencil thin. The larger ones seem more woody and stringy.
1 Bundle fresh asparagus
Salt & Pepper
Toasted, chopped walnuts
Freshly grated parmesan cheese
Trim ends off asparagus. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Grill on high heat until tender and charred a bit. Remove from heat and immediately sprinkle with parmesan, another drizzle of vinegar and toasted walnuts. Bon Appetit!