Yo Gus!

I’m talking about AsparaGUS! Asparagus is one of the most nutritionally well-balanced vegetables in existence. It leads nearly all produce items in the wide array of nutrients it supplies in significant amounts for a healthy diet. Asparagus leads the pack among vegetables providing folic acid. A 5.3 ounce serving (about 5 spears) provides 60% of the recommended daily allowance for folacin which is necessary for blood cell formation, growth, and prevention of liver disease (Not to mention the importance in pregnancy for fetal development). This veggie is also super low in calories-5 spears has only 20 calories. You could put away a pound of asparagus for under 100 calories!! Now I will leave the results of that unmentioned-but, for those who are interested-they can click here :) This delicious and boldly green savory treat is most flavorful and abundant in early April through May. When choosing aparagus, look for deep green and purple tips, and firm stalks and stems. If you prefer thick or thin spears-it doesn’t matter, just make sure they are uniform for even cooking. When preparing to cook and serve, cut the woody ends off to ensure you only bite into the most tender part of the vegetable. If you don’t- plan on chewing for awhile..and let me know if you ever get through that bite ;)

Asparagus with Tangy Blue Cheese

INGREDIENTS:
1 pound fresh asparagus, ends trimmed
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
2 teasoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon lemon pepper

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place asparagus on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and garlic powder, and toss to coat. Arrange asparagus spears in a single layer. Bake for about 8 minutes, (or until you can hear the asparagus sizzling in the oven). In a small bowl, combine the cheese, chives, garlic, lemon juice, vinegar and pepper. Top asparagus with cheese mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 4-5 minutes or until cheese just begins to melt. Serve hot!

Nutritional Information
Makes 4 servings:
91 calories
6 g fat
6 g carbohydrate
3 g fiber
5 g protein

Comments

  1. I probably had a serving and a half last night. I'm so excited to see how healthy it is. I still have half my bunch to fix. I will try this recipe above, any other cheese suggestions?

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