Asparagus means summer for many of us, and a great BBQ or feast isn’t the same without it. They are great cooked marinated and cooked straight on the BBQ, but in this post we share with you three ways to cook asparagus.
Three ways to cook aspargus
To prepare aspargus for cooking, simply snap off the dry woody ends of the asparagus. There are lots of yummy ways to cook them:
- Roasted asparagus: A delicious way to cook aspargus, simply drizzle with olive oil. Spread the asparagus in a single layer on a baking tray and drizzle lightly with olive or coconut oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Blanced asparagus: This is a common way to quickly cook asparagus to perfection and serve it cold in salads or as a luncheon side dish. Simply boil a large pot of water and 2 teaspoons of salt. Place the asparagus in the water and let it cook for 2 1/2 – 3 minutes. Test an asparagus spear for doneness – it should still be crispy, not limp. Plunge the asparagus in a bowl of ice water to cool it down.
- Steamed Aspargus – Steaming preserves the asparagus’ nutrients and crisp texture. To steam simply place about 2.5 cm of water in a saucepan, and place a steamer basket in the pan. Heat the water to a boil. Place the asparagus into the basket, cover and steam for 5 to 7 minutes, until they’re bright green and still crisp.
Nutrition benefits of asparagus
Nutrition studies have shown asparagus is a low-calorie source of folate and potassium. Its stalks are high in antioxidants. As you probably know folate is critical for pregnant women, since it protects against neural tube defects in babies. Several studies indicate getting plenty of potassium may reduce the loss of calcium from the body.
Particularly green asparagus is a good source of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps the body produce and maintain collagen, the major structural protein component of the body’s connective tissues. These are just some of the great things that are contained in asparagus. There are plenty more like it is a good source of vitamin B, zinc etc.
For some of our other great easy summer recipes try my Chicken and pesto picnic pasta salad recipe and my Black bean, corn and tomato salad. Jamie Oliver also has some great ideas for cooking asparagus too.
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