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3 Easy Asparagus Recipes: Healthy Dinner Ideas

Asparagus may just be one of the most elegant and versatile vegetables there is. Though it has a subtle flavor, you can easily pair it with other ingredients and it can still hold up its own. Loaded with fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, make asparagus a part of your regular diet and your body will thank you for it.

 

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Asparagus (Belle of the Kitchen)

This Garlic Parmesan Roasted Asparagus recipe from Belle of the Kitchen is such a simple yet divine dish that features the fresh flavor of asparagus paired with the roasted pungency of garlic and the salty cheesy flavor of Parmesan. This is a great side dish to any entree, be it red meat or a lighter number like baked fish.

"This Garlic Parmesan Roasted Asparagus is made with just a few simple ingredients and makes a perfectly delicious side dish for any meal!"

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound fresh asparagus
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2-3 Tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • olive oil spray

via Garlic Parmesan Roasted Asparagus (Belle of the Kitchen)

 

Lemon Garlic Asparagus Pasta (Budget Bytes)

If you're looking for a recipe that highlights the green spears without breaking the bank, you might want to try this Lemon Garlic Asparagus Pasta recipe from Budget Bytes. Asparagus becomes the main star of a simple pasta dish flavored with butter, lemon and garlic. Grate cheese on top for an added burst of flavor! 

"Lemon Garlic Asparagus Pasta is a fast, easy, and fresh weeknight dinner that you'll come back to again and again and have memorized in no time."

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. pasta
  • 1 bunch asparagus (about 1 lb.)
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon 
  • Salt and Pepper to taste 

via Lemon Garlic Asparagus Pasta (Budget Bytes)

 

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus (Lovely Little Kitchen)

This Bacon Wrapped Asparagus from Lovely Little Kitchen is a lovely number that can pass for an appetizer, a side dish, or even a carb-free snack you can enjoy any time of the day! The best part? It only takes 2 ingredients to make this elegantly beautiful dish. Use a silicone mat to make sure the spears don't stick to the pan.

"Lastly, you want to buy asparagus with thicker stalks. Usually, I like to buy the thinner ones because they are more tender, but in this case I think the thicker stalks hold up better."

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch asparagus (20 stalks)
  • 10 pieces of center cut bacon
*Any quantity is fine, you just want to make sure you have half as many whole strips of bacon as you do asparagus.

via Bacon Wrapped Asparagus (Lovely Little Kitchen)

 

Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip: 

When shopping for asparagus, make sure that you get a bundle with plump and firm spears, with tips that are tightly closed. Fresh asparagus wouldn't have a faded color (unless it's white asparagus - a special variety well-loved in Western Europe).



Make cooking a lot easier and more enjoyable by using good quality silicone baking mats. Not only are silicone mats sturdy and durable. Because they're non-stick, you can also cut your clean-up time in half.

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