Saturday, April 24, 2010
But at least this addiction doesn't have any bad side effects! Asparagus, like all vegetables, is low in calories and high in fiber. It's an ideal health and weight loss food and, according to Ayurvedic medicine, is considered tridoshic. This, simply translated, means that it's great for all body types. Asparagus is high in vitamins as well, including the elusive B-vitamins.
This simple, quick preparation has become a standby in my daily dinners - it's so easy to prepare and is insanely delish! Hope you enjoy.
4 cups chopped asparagus (washed well and trimmed)
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
To taste: garlic granules (or fresh pressed garlic) and seasoned salt
1. Preheat your oven to 400 F.
2. On a nonstick cookie sheet, lay the asparagus out in a single layer. Drizzle the oil on top and sprinkle lightly with the garlic and salt. Shake the pan gently yet thoroughly until the asparagus pieces are evenly coated with the oil and seasonings.
3. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until very tender and well browned in parts. You may remove it once or twice while it's cooking to shake the pan a bit. Serve immediately.
Serves 1-2/GF/SF/Green (according to the guidelines in Radiant Health, Inner Wealth)
NOTE: I normally minimize the cooking of my foods in order to preserve nutrients and freshness. Like my use of fats, my use of heat is based on this philosophy: "Only use as much as you need for the desired flavor - no more." In this case, the asparagus does well with slightly more cooking. In fact, roasting vegetables (and grilling them) is the only time I cook them past the point of being crisp-tender. It seems to really bring out the flavors to cook them thoroughly when you're roasting and grilling them. However, in a stir-fry or otherwise, feel free to cook for far less time, or serve raw. Enjoy!!