And oh how my hubby and I love love love asparagus!! Funny thing is I hated it up until a few years ago. Not sure why? My Mom never cooked it and it wasn’t until recent that I found out it was because my Dad hated it. LOL!
When hubby and I were first together he used to ask me to get the canned asparagus when I grocery shopped. Oh Man.. I couldn’t stand the smell and just didn’t want to even try it. Well, a few years ago I found a recipe for fresh asparagus and thought I would try it. I realized I love it!
Here are some fun asparagus facts ~
While we sometimes find asparagus springing up as early as late February in the warmer areas of the U.S., April and May are the peak season in the West and mid-May into July typically are high-season for the crunchy green spears in the Midwest and on the East coast.
With a mere 27 calories in a cup of cooked (about 6-7 spears), this veggie is an excellent source of vitamin K for healthy bones and proper blood clotting, as well as power-packed with beta-carotene.
Beta-carotene is a precursor compound that converts to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is essential for healthy vision, resilient skin and a robust immune system.
And with lots of vitamin C, fiber and B-vitamins, asparagus spears are piled high with antioxidants, too.
Probably the easiest way to simply prepare asparagus is by steaming a bunch of cleaned, cut spears briefly about 4 minutes (or blanching for 2 minutes) and tossing them with a little extra virgin olive oil, a couple tablespoons of grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese, the juice of half a lemon, and a sprinkle of sea salt and fresh ground black pepper.
A few ways we like it ~ I put 2 tblsp olive oil on a baking sheet and in a 350 degree oven. When it is hot I put the asparagus on the sheet and back in the oven. I turn the asparagus as it cooks. Cook about 20 min or until desired tenderness. I then toast some sesame seeds in a pan on the stove till golden. When the asparagus is done, I drizzle it with a mix of balsamic and soy sauce (mix to taste) and sprinkle with the sesame seeds. YUM
Or… I pan fry in olive oil and when almost done add a bit of balsamic to the pan, or red wine.
Here is another I found ~ Click Here Sweet Potato and Asparagus with Orange Glaze.
I am sure there are many ways to eat it. What is your favorite?? Share your recipes.