Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Another great veggie that is in season right now is asparagus. It has got to be one of my very favorites alson with artichokes. Asparagus is low in calories and very low in sodium. It is a good source of vitamin B6, calcium and a good source of fiber.
There are several ways to cook it but I mostly steam it or bake it. You can also broil it or grill it. I keep it pretty plain because I like the flavor and don't need the additional calories of adding things like parmesan cheese or other flavor enhancers. I usually just put a little olive oil on it with a little salt and pepper.
It is super easy. All you have to do is rinse it off, trim the bottoms, and pat dry.
Steam for 8-10 minutes or bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
Asparagus can also be good with a balsamic vinaigrette. Some serve it with butter or mayonaise. However, if you are going to serve it with a higher calorie sauce than I recommend steaming it and not using any olive oil.