Easy Side Dish – Roasted Asparagus

20 Jun

In the fight to eat healthier and more nutritious foods, asparagus is a super hero and should be sporting a cape. It’s packed full of nutrients, helps break down carcinogens and free radicals, it’s full of antioxidants, and can also help fight our brains cognitive decline. See? Totally a super food. It’s great raw in salads, sautéed in noodles with chicken, grilled up for a side dish. But roasted asparagus is one of my all time favorite ways to eat this super veggie. It’s such a simple process with little prep work and additional flavor additions, letting the true flavor of the asparagus shine. So simple in fact, that I feel ridiculous for posting it. Not ridiculous enough though. Some of us are so busy in our daily lives that we think eating healthier has to be complicated, time-consuming, and expensive. It really doesn’t have to be any of those things. While roasting this, you can be grilling up some chicken breasts and making a salad to go along with it all. 30 minutes tops to a healthy dinner option.

When choosing asparagus, go for bright green stalks and not too dry tops. If the tops are too dry then the asparagus spears are most likely starting to get rubbery from sitting around too long. If you buy it fresh from say, a farmers market and don’t plan on eating it right away, trim the ends off when you get home and stick it in a shallow glass of water. That will keep the asparagus fresh longer.

Roasted Asparagus

serves 2

1lb fresh asparagus spears, rinsed, dried & with woody ends trimmed

olive oil

kosher salt

Preheat your oven to 420 degrees. Take a rimmed baking sheet and arrange your asparagus in a single layer. Drizzle olive oil over the tops and sprinkle with kosher salt. Using your hands, rolls the spears around to coat in olive oil and salt.

Place spears in oven and roast for 20 minutes. Season with more salt & pepper to taste. Serve alongside your normal dinner, or add to a salad. Got leftovers? Chop them up and put them in a omlet!

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4 Responses to “Easy Side Dish – Roasted Asparagus”

  1. Heidi @ lightlycrunchy July 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    This is one of my favourite things too – either in the oven or on the bbq. We sometimes drizzle it with some balsamic vinegar along with the olive oil, but either way its always perfect.

    • seasonedwithsarcasm July 3, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

      Mine too. I’m always a little sad when it’s gone…next time I think I’ll make a huge pan of it, fry up some eggs, and place that over top, letting the yolk get all over the place. Add some crusty italian bread and that’s an awesome dinner to me!

      • Heidi @ lightlycrunchy July 3, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

        That does sound great. Actually, it sounds just about perfect. Our asparagus is done for the season, or I’d be trying that out oo.

  2. seasonedwithsarcasm July 3, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    aw that sucks! there is a local farm out hear that has some for sale…I may go stock up on some before they are out so I can whip up this meal. Maybe buy lots of extra so I can blanch and freeze it for when the mood strikes!

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