Thursday, April 5, 2012

Grass is green...and so is Asparagus.

If you're at all like me, you like to serve (and try to eat) vegetables that look incredibly delectable. They make the perfect side both visually and taste-wise.

The first time I had ever tried asparagus was on a warm Summer night in California- I was probably 8.  My Aunt had served them soft with creamy cheese sauce. They were delicious! 
My Dad has never been a veggie kind of guy- so growing up our meals didn't include any kind of "ordinary" looking or tasting vegetable side dishes.

So holding onto that Asparagus memory for 15 years- I can proudly say I now purchase, prepare, and enjoy Asparagus in my own home. :)

I wanted to share a quick, easy recipe with all of you out there- in case you want to try your hand at this new, tasty veggie.

You'll need:

Olive oil (PAM or butter)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Grated Parmesan Cheese, if you'd like

First, preheat oven to 375*-450*. 
(On this particular occasion I roasted the asparagus at 375* because I was using the oven for two different meals. The lower the temp is, the longer the asparagus will need to roast.)

Place parchment paper or foil down on a baking sheet for easy clean up.

Clean and cut off thick, hard ends of asparagus. Toss in the oil so that every piece is well coated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
Spread asparagus in a line across the baking sheet and sprinkle with Parmesan.

Bake anywhere from 15-30 minutes or until brown and fork tender.


There are lots of ways to incorporate Asparagus into meals. Cut them up into pasta, add to a cold or warm salad. Dip them in cheese sauce! So good!

Until next time, eat some veggies!!

1 comment:

shorty_cant_surf said...

Mmmmm.... I Looooove asparagus!