When thinking of side dishes, one of the last vegetables to end up on most tables is asparagus, and it's damn shame!
Asparagus is an amazing spring vegetable that is readily available at nearly every grocery store. Not only does asparagus taste great, with this simple recipe* below, but it has unbelievable health benefits that you should absolutely be taking advantage of:
- It’s loaded with nutrients
- It can help fight cancer
- Asparagus is packed with antioxidants
- Asparagus is a brain booster
- It's a natural diuretic
What you need:
- Asparagus (duh)
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Diced Garlic Glove
- Salt & Pepper
Begin by washing asparagus stalks under cold water and snap stalks into 1" - 1.5" pieces
In a bowl, lightly drizzle stalks with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and season with diced garlic cloves and salt & pepper to your likeness. Don't overdo it - you can always add more after cooking.
Spread seasoned stalks evenly onto a baking dish and place into a 400 degree preheated oven for 10 minutes
After 10 minutes, stir asparagus around and continue cooking to desired tenderness. Do not over cook to avoid mushy stalks.
Serve immediately (asparagus cools quickly), or place into the refrigerator after they cool and serve cold at a later date.
Asparagus doesn't have to just be for lunch or dinner.
One of my favorite uses for asparagus leftovers (I usually cook two entire bunches at a time) is to mix into a 2-3 egg scramble with baby bella mushrooms, diced tomato and diced chicken breast sprinkled with shredded cheese.