Organic Asparagus: Happy Little Trees

Fresh, organic asparagus spearsCrunch! The fresh, flavorful crunch of organic asparagus makes it the perfect side dish for any meal. Steam it and serve alongside fish or chicken, toss chopped up pieces into a stir fry or soup, simply roast it to perfection, or try the recipe below. These crunchy stalks are so simple to make but absolutely full of good nutrients. Asparagus is: 

  • high in vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6.
  • abundant in folate, iron, copper, and calcium. 
  • packed with protein and antioxidants.

Eating asparagus sometimes comes with the negative effects of the after-smell…if you know what we mean…but hear us out. Asparagus actually acts as a diuretic because of its high levels of the amino acid, asparagine. This means it works to flush excess fluid and salt from your body. Every time you urinate, you are moving bad bacteria out of your body as well. Less bad bacteria lurking around means hopefully a lesser chance for painful urinary tract infections to occur.

Added bonus? It can be a good choice when trying to de-bloat or lose weight also due to its diuretic properties and high fiber content. Lastly, it is naturally low-fat and low in calories. One cup of asparagus is just about 30 calories.

 

Tuscan Style Roasted Asparagus Recipe

Recipe from: Taste of Home

Prep Time: 20 Mins   |   Cook Time: 15 Mins   |   Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs. fresh, organic asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 ½ c grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3 T pine nuts
  • 3 T olive oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 t kosher salt
  • ½ t pepper
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • ⅓ c Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 t lemon zest

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. 
  2. Place the asparagus, tomatoes, and pine nuts on a foil-lined baking sheet. Mix 2 tablespoons of oil, garlic, salt and pepper; add to asparagus and toss to coat. 
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until asparagus is tender. 
  4. Drizzle with the remaining oil and the lemon juice; sprinkle with cheese and lemon zest. Toss to combine. Enjoy!

 

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