Our last post was on how to make homemade Icecream, so I thought we should probably move onto a post about something a little healthier.
How about asparagus? If you’re like me, you may have thought you disliked asparagus for most of your life. As it turned out, I had never given this delicious vegetable a fair chance. Once you know how to cook it and use it properly it may become one of your favorite vegetables.
Asparagus has always been considered somewhat of delicacy and served in high-end restaurants around the world, but did you know that it has also been used medicinally for thousands of years in Asia?
Asparagus contains a compound known as saponins which are believed to fight cancer and to reduce inflammation. In addition, asparagus also contains vitamin K and B vitamins, which are vital for proper brain function.
To end up with well prepared asparagus you need to first start of with a quality ingredient. You should try to get asparagus that is young and tender, but if you can only find the thicker and more woody variety you may have to peel the stocks to get the best result.
Try one of these preparations and see if it changes your mind about asparagus:
- One of the simplest ways to prepare asparagus is by steaming it. Simply put your asparagus into a covered pan with around a quarter cup of chicken broth. Set your stove to medium heat and let the asparagus steam for 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from pan and toss with a couple tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and a dash of olive oil.
- Try at in sliced asparagus to your favorite pasta dish. Simply peel with a vegetable peeler and give a quick sauté and a tablespoon of olive oil. Not only will this add another layer of flavor to your pasta but it will also provide a bright green punch of color.
- If you have leftovers various there are a couple of different preparations that you can do. One of my favorites is to add the leftover asparagus to an egg omelette in the morning. If you want to get a little more creative, you can purée the asparagus and make a soup out of it.
- My favorite preparations is grilled asparagus. You have to be a little careful using this technique because asparagus can get overcooked fairly easily especially if you are using very thin stocks. Heat your grill up to medium-high and cook the asparagus 1 to 2 min. on each side. Once grilled, brush a light layer of all oil and season with Johnny’s seasoning salt.
With all of the above cooking techniques to try and the health benefits that I explained above maybe now is a good time to give asparagus another chance.