The spring veggie, asparagus, also known as Asparagus officinalis, belongs to the lily family. We can find it in a variety of colors such as green, white, as well as purple. It is low in calories and has a great number of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants – therefore people around the world tend to include it in their meals and there are plenty of easy asparagus recipes out there.
Asparagus is packed with vitamins such as A, C, E, K, and B6. It contains, also, folate, iron, copper, calcium, protein, and fiber. It can go well with other spring vegetables as well, including the likes of peas, garlic, or new potatoes. Among the asparagus benefits, we can find:
- Can help with weight loss
- Can help the urinary tract
- Helps in digestive health
- Eases menstrual symptoms
- Helps support pregnancy
- Helps lower blood pressure
- Works as a brain booster
- It’s good for the skin
- Reduces rheumatism inflammation
Easy Asparagus Recipes
With all the health benefits and healthy properties, asparagus contains, there are different recipes on how to cook this veggie, and you can even include it in your salads!
1. Oven Roasted Asparagus
What you’re going to need for this recipe by All Recipes, is:
- 1 bunch of trimmed thin asparagus spears
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
- 1 clove of minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoons of ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (optional)
What you need to do for this recipe is preheat the oven to 425 degrees F, or 220 degrees C. Drizzle the asparagus with olive oil on a mixing bowl. Toss the spears to coat them, proceed to sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper. Arrange the asparagus on a baking sheet in single layers. Bake in the oven until it turns tender, from 12 to 15 minutes. Before you serve it, sprinkle with lemon juice!
2. Quick Skillet Asparagus
This quick skillet asparagus recipe is by My Recipes, and what you’re going to need is:
- 4 teaspoons of extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 pound of trimmed medium asparagus spears
- 1/2 teaspoon of grated lemon rind
- 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon salt
What you should do is heat a big cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil to the pan, swirl to coat. Place the asparagus in the pan and cook for 3 minutes until the asparagus is crisp and browned. Keep stirring. Afterward, you can serve it and add rind, juice, and salt, while tossing in order to coat thoroughly.
3. Mozzarella Cheese Roasted Asparagus
This delicious asparagus recipe is by Cafe Delites, and what you’re going to need is:
- 1 pound of asparagus spears, with the woody ends removed
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 4 cloves of minced garlic
- 3/4 teaspoon of Kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of fresh cracked black pepper
- 1 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
What you should do is preheat the oven to 425°F or 220°C. Grease a baking sheet with nonstick cooking oil spray and arrange the asparagus on the baking sheet.
In another bowl, mix olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper and drizzle that mixture over the asparagus while tossing to coat evenly. Bake the asparagus with the mixture for 10 to 15 minutes until before it begins to get tender.
After you remove it from the oven, top it with the mozzarella cheese. Put it back in the oven and grill it until the cheese melts on top of the asparagus and becomes golden. It should take about 4 to 5 minutes. You might proceed to adjust salt and pepper if needed and serve immediately.
4. Caprese Asparagus
The ingredients belonging to this recipe by Delish are:
- 1 lb. of asparagus trimmed stalks
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups of shredded mozzarella
- 2 cups of halved cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 cups of balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cups of honey
- For garnish, use sliced fresh basil
What you should do is preheat the oven to 425°. Toss the asparagus on a large baking sheet with olive oil and season it with salt and pepper. Push the asparagus to the one side of the baking sheet and then sprinkle mozzarella on top. On the other side of the baking sheet put the cherry tomatoes and toss them with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake until the asparagus turns tender and the cheese melts. It should take about 20 minutes.
To make the balsamic glaze, combine balsamic vinegar and honey in a small saucepan. Stir occasionally and simmer until it is reduced by half. Serve the cheesy asparagus and top it with roasted tomatoes and drizzle with balsamic glaze and garnish with basil at the end.
5. Baked Eggs & Asparagus With Parmesan
Eggs and asparagus! What dreams are made of! What you’re going to need for this recipe by Kalyn’s Kitchen is:
- 8 thick asparagus spears, cut diagonally into bite-sized pieces
- 4 room temperature eggs
- 2 teaspoons of olive oil
- Salt and fresh-ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese
What you should do is preheat the oven to 400F/200C, and spray two gratin dishes with nonstick spray or olive oil. Break each egg into a small dish and let them come to room temperature (this is essential). In the meanwhile, you can roast the asparagus.
Cut the woody part at the bottom of each asparagus piece and throw them away. Cut the asparagus on the diagonal into short little pieces. Put half of the pieces into each gratin dish and put the dishes into the oven in order to roast the asparagus. This should take 10 minutes.
Afterwards, remove the dishes from the oven and carefully slide two eggs over the asparagus on each of the dishes. Put them back in the oven and this time leave it for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, when the egg white begins to barely look set, remove the gratin dishes one at a time and sprinkle with a tablespoon of grated Parmesan.
Put the dishes back in the oven and cook for 3 more minutes, until the white is set, the cheese is slightly melted. Make sure to serve it hot!
We hope you enjoy any (or all) of the listed recipes!
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