Green Thing...You Make My Heart Sing

March 7, 2011   13 Comments

Green thing, I think I love you. Your arrival in my neighborhood Stop-&-Shop means SPRING is coming soon.

Roasted Asparagus Recipe

Yes, I am so tired out by winter that I have started surfing for vacations in sunny locales instead of writing my blog. Tahiti, anyone?

Thank goodness $2 per pound asparagus has arrived and it is tasting.... groovy!

There is nothing to fear about buying or cooking asparagus. A few tips:

  • Look for the thicker stalks - most chefs think they taste better
  • Use them the day you buy them - aging them in your fridge is not a good idea
  • Do not boil them - yuck!

All you have to do is snap off the blunt ends, toss them on a rimmed baking sheet with some olive oil, salt, and pepper and wait 15 minutes to start singing.

You can wrap asparagus in ham or prosciutto if you have it around for a nice party snack.

I add grated parmesan cheese (just a little) to add a salty and cheesy element to the asparagus. Below, I have added a link to my favorite grater - having awesome tools makes cooking so much more fun.

Or skip the cheese and squeeze fresh lemon juice over the stalks.

If you have time, roast a couple bunches of asparagus and then keep it in your fridge for (you guessed it) snacking. Add them to salads or omelets to get more vegetables into your diet.

My kids eat these because we call them "trees" and they pretend they are dinosaurs.

Whatever you do, DO NOT MISS OUT. This is your once a year chance at affordable, fresh, and delicious asparagus.

Roasted Asparagus Recipe

(4 servings)
1 bunch asparagus (approximately 1 pound)
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
grated parmesan cheese (optional)
lemon wedges (optional)

Preheat oven to 400F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil (for easy clean-up). Snap the blunt ends of the asparagus and toss it with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Cook for 15 minutes (or until desired tenderness). Add parmesan cheese or lemon wedges and serve immediately. OR store in fridge for up to a week.

One serving without the cheese - 53 calories, 3.5 g fat, 4.4 g carbohydrates, 2.5 g protein, 2.4 g fiber, 2 mg sodium, 1 Points+

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I really fell in love with asparagus last spring. It is such a yummy vegetable and I was so obsessed with it that I had everyone I know eating it and using this simple (and delicious) recipe. I also love to add some balsamic vinegar after they come out of the oven. Delicious!

Yum I love Asparagus! Have you tried adding a little Mizithra cheese? I love Broccoli with a little Mizithra cheese grated over it, just like at Old Spaghetti Factory but for a fraction of the price. I think it would work great on the asparagus too.

Mmmmm this sounds really good, I will try it! I love my greens. Thanks for the reminder that now is high time for asparagus :-)

Love, love, love Asparagus! My 2 and 4 year olds LOVE them too! Just roasted in the oven without cheese...never would have thought of that one! Well, we are Vegan anyways but I am sure it's delish. We snack on these babies all the time and you are right,the thicker ones seem to taste better to me as well! Great post.

Everytime I try to cook asparagus it comes out soft and slimy. I will try this and hopefully it will work!

These look fantastic! Just one mention of asparagus with lemon juice and instantly I'm craving it! Thanks for posting this recipe. :)

I'm trying this one. I generally go for tiny, thin stalks. You have some great ideas. Keep them coming.

Blanch them, then dip them into mix of plain yogurt mixed with wasabi powder. Yummy!

I must look for these in my local grocery store!! All your recipes make me want to eat more veggies :)

I try to incorporate vegetables and fruit into my diet by adding fruit to my oatmeal in the morning, carrots into my sandwich or fruit into my Greek yogurt at lunch, and eating all my vegetables at dinner before eating my piece of meat or whatever!

I love asparagus - I marinate mine in a little zesty italian dressing and then pop on the grill for just a few minutes so that its still crunchy - even friends that do not eat asparagus will eat it this way :-)

Thank You, it tasted so good.

A couple of years ago, i fell in love with asparagus. Since then i'm trying to incorporate it more into my diet. I use a bit of olive oil, salt, pepper and a little lemon juice and roast or broil in the oven. Yum!

I actually cook them in water and they turn out really good. The trick is not to overcook them. I boil some water in a pan, add the clean asparagus and boil for 5 minutes. Before eating I brush them with olive oil and a little salt and they are yummy and not soggy at all!

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