Produce - Asparagus
Asparagus, or garden asparagus, folk name sparrow grass, scientific name Asparagus officinalis, is a spring vegetable, a flowering perennial plant species in the genus Asparagus. It's low in calories and a great source of nutrients, including fiber, folate and vitamins A, C and K. Additionally, eating asparagus has a number of potential health benefits, including weight loss, improved digestion, healthy pregnancy outcomes and lower blood pressure.
Lemon Garlic Roasted Asparagus from KirbiesCravings.com
This simple roasted asparagus dish is a delicious way to enjoy asparagus and makes an easy side dish.
1 lb thin asparagus
2 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic minced
ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Trim bottom of asparagus. Lay a single layer of asparagus on each sheet.
Brush asparagus liberally with olive oil. Sprinkle garlic evenly onto asparagus. (You want the garlic to cook on the asparagus, so try not to drop too much of it on the baking pan itself). Liberally sprinkle black pepper across asparagus. Sprinkle a little salt across asparagus. Squeeze about 1/2 of the lemon juice across the asparagus. (Note, if you choose to make this recipe with thicker asparagus, you'll need more garlic and lemon)
Roast about 15-20 minutes until tender. If you are using thicker asparagus, you'll need to roast longer. Squeeze some additional lemon juice and serve