Sesame Asparagus & Snow Peas

Toasted sesame seeds and toasted sesame seed oil give a rich, dark flavor to this steamed vegetable dish.

2 teaspoons hulled sesame seeds
1-1/4 pounds asparagus, cut into 2-inch lengths
6 ounces snow peas, strings removed
1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 In a small, ungreased skillet, toast the sesame seeds over low heat, stirring frequently, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate to prevent further cooking.
2 In a vegetable steamer, cook the asparagus and snow peas until tender, about 4 minutes.
3 Transfer to a large bowl. Add the bell pepper, sesame oil, and salt, and toss to combine. Sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds. Makes 4 servings

Makes Makes 4 servings

Per serving: 61 calories, 2.4g total fat (0.4g saturated), 0mg cholesterol, 2.9g dietary fiber, 8g carbohydrate, 4g protein, 301mg sodium.