Citrus-Asparagus Brown Rice

1 lb Fresh Asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
¾ tsp Salt
2 (8.8oz) Packages Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice (Whole Grain Brown Rice)
1 Lemon
¼ tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
¼ cup Freshly Shaved Parmesan Cheese

Combine asparagus, 2 Tbsp water and salt in a medium size microwave-safe bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap; fold back a small edge to allow steam to escape. Microwave at high 2 ½ minutes or until crisp-tender. Prepare rice according to package directions. Grate zest from lemon to equal 1 tsp and squeeze lemon juice from lemon to equal 1 Tbsp. Add rice, lemon zest, juice, and pepper to asparagus, tossing to combine. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.