Don’t like asparagus? Think again! These yummy asparagus recipes are both irresistible and 100% worthy of your love.
Did you spend your childhood dinners sneaking asparagus underneath the table to your dog? “Wow, Sarah ate all her asparagus! Good job, sweetie,” your mom would say as the dog finished off the evidence. Don’t worry, we won’t tell your secret, but we will fix your relationship with these nutritious greens with these 8 delicious asparagus recipes.
Why You Should Add Asparagus Recipes to Your Weekly Menu
- Each serving provides 20 % of the amount of daily Vitamin A required for adults and more than enough of this nutrient for children.
- It is rich in Vitamin C, Iron, and Calcium.
- It has Vitamins B6 and K plus trace minerals, and each serving only has about 5 grams of carbohydrates.
- Every portion also provides 3 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber.
- Asparagus is low in sodium, fat and calories.
- It is very inexpensive. Major stores such as WalMart, Target and Kmart sell asparagus and the ingredients needed to prepare the meals below.
8 Easy Asparagus Recipes to Spark Your Veggie Love Affair
These 8 creative and easy asparagus recipes transform a healthy veggie into a gourmet treat!
1. Flavor asparagus with a natural sweetener.
Tip: This works best when eating the canned versus fresh or frozen supply of this vegetable.
Sprinkling it with a little bit of brown sugar or pouring a teaspoon of honey over it diminishes its bitterness. Also try adding one pat of butter and a few dashes of salt.
2. Add melted cheese and/or ham.
Cheese makes just about anything tasty. Children especially love this added burst of flavor, because it mostly masks the original taste. Topping it with ham adds sweetness.
This works best when cooking fresh or frozen asparagus.
3. Splash asparagus with a few drops of lemon juice and add butter.
This tangy hint of citrus makes it tasty but not too sweet. The butter richens the taste and leaves you full.
This simple preparation makes an ideal side dish to serve with almost any meat entree. We love how it complements salmon and chicken dishes that call for lemon flavoring.
4. Serve it grilled with smoked salmon and a tangy mustard sauce.
The charbroiled vegetable taste combines well with the smoked fish flavor.
The mustard sauce, which contains Dijon, vinegar, lemon juice, tofu and other ingredients, produces an excellent flavor synthesis. Seafood eaters should make this a staple in their meal plans!
5. Roast it with garlic, parmesan cheese and lemon juice.
When prepared this way, asparagus blends well with chicken, fish or pork. You have plenty of options for using it in meals that do not break the calorie bank, and these dishes always satisfy the palate.
6. Bacon wrapped asparagus. Yes, bacon.
This simple side dish would serve as a brilliant addition to any outdoor patio party.
Yet, its use needn’t be limited to when you grill outside. This versatile way to prepare asparagus is consistently delightful and provides enough fat for satiety.
7. Use it in a stir fry.
Saute it alone or with onions and add pork, chicken or beef. Our favorite tasty toppers: lime, peanuts, green peppers, and pea pods.
When you prepare this dish, we recommend you add vinegar, lemon, garlic, ginger, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce or other flavoring. Use olive oil when frying your veggie and meat mixture.
8. Put it raw in a butter lettuce salad.
This adds a new twist to a popular spring mix recipe. Ingredients include: lemon zest, dry mustard, pistachios, mozzarella balls, garlic, black pepper and sea salt.
Personalize it by using your imagination to play around with different greens, vegetables, proteins, and grains.
How to Cook Asparagus?
Fear not! Most of these asparagus recipes take about 15 to 30 minutes. Some take as little as 10 minutes!
A Budding New Friendship
See, we knew you’d have a change of heart. It’s about time to give these new asparagus recipes a try.