Spring is here! We can stop subsisting on potatoes, squash and other winter root vegetables, and look towards the green. If you like to eat vegetables in season, now is the time for asparagus. This veggie, like most, is packed with fiber and a host of vitamins that are just plain good for you. Instead of drowning these stalks in butter, try one of my four flavor combinations below. All of them involve simply roasting the asparagus first and then adding some easy, flavorful toppings.
To prepare asparagus, wash and dry thoroughly, then snap off the ends.
1. Simple Asparagus
Drizzle the prepared asparagus with olive oil, and top with minced garlic, salt and pepper. Place in a baking dish and bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes, or until tender.
2. Nutty Asparagus
Follow directions for Simple above, then top with toasted pine nuts and shaved Parmesan cheese.
3. Bright Asparagus
Follow directions for Simple above, then top with a squeeze of lemon juice and fresh chopped basil.
4. Spicy Asparagus
Follow directions for Simple above, then sprinkle with crushed red pepper and crumbled goat cheese. The creaminess of the goat cheese helps counteract the heat of the red pepper.
How do you like to enjoy this spring time vegetable?
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