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Roasted Asparagus Recipe

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Freshly roasted Asparagus makes a delicious, healthy, springtime side dish the whole family will enjoy. Make this delectable side in just a few minutes.

Several years ago our daughter kayti introduced us to roasted asparagus for the very first time. Roasting veggies intensifies the flavor and makes them tender. With a few additions you can turn grocery store asparagus into a roasted vegetable side dish worthy of a five star restaurant.

Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus

Believe it or not, I had never made or ate asparagus roasted until kayti made them for us. We always steamed asparagus lightly and ate it without any seasoning or condiments. The extra fillip of flavor added by seasoning and roasting this yummy veggie is amazing! And then lately, I’ve added Balsamic vinegar. I LOVE how balsamic vinegar changes up this recipe!

We are organic gardeners. We love our asparagus straight from the bed. We often eat it just raw as a snack. But roasting it as a side  is an easy way to level up your steak dinner for sure. That’s what I did tonight. Roasted asparagus is wonderful with steak.

Roasted Asparagus With Balsamic

Balsamic drizzled on roasted asparagus adds a bit of sweet intense flavor that perks up the asparagus wonderfully.

Garden asparagus is WAY more flavorful and good for you than the bunches you get out of the grocery. Asparagus respires faster than any other vegetable. That means once it’s picked it must be used right away for best flavor and nutrient retention. If you are a gardener take a look at how Dave Made our permanent asparagus bed. Nothing better than eating it the same hour it’s picked.

Not a gardener? Find a farmers market or food Co-op that offers same day produce. So worth it! No matter where you find your asparagus you need to eat it fresh. Look for bunches with closed tips and healthy stalks. Shriveled stalks or open tips indicate a severe reduction in asparagus flavor, tenderness and usefulness to your body.

Asparagus On Roasting Pan

Fresh Asparagus on roasting pan with lemon slices, Avocado oil and balsamic drizzled on it. This is another simple way to enjoy your asparagus roasted.

Fresh Asparagus is a healthy addition to the diet:

Here’s a few Healthy reasons to fall in love with asparagus.

Asparagus is full of

  • vitamin K,
  • anti-oxidants
  • anti-inflammatories
    Asparagus On Baking Sheet

    Asparagus tips should be closed like these. Open tips mean the asparagus is going to seed and losing flavor and nutrients.

Other benefits of asparagus include:

  • it’s anti-cancer agents,
  • digestive support and
  • blood sugar regulation.

For more on this interesting topic go here to WHfoods.

Roasting Asparagus

roasting asparagus with garlic and lemon gives it quite a boost in flavor. Balsamic vinegar is another condiment asparagus loves.

Roasted Asparagus Recipe:

This recipe is a delicious way to change up asparagus and so easy to make! Your family will love it. Ready in only about 15 minutes from start to finish. Roasted asparagus is a perfect side for many main course entrée’s. We love it at a grill side too!

Asparagus Bundle

Store bought asparagus is set in water upright to keep it fresh because it has a high respiration rate. If you look close you can see a few stalks with seedy tips. Not the best but sometimes it’s all we can find in the stores.

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
  • Cut (or break off) the hard ends of each asparagus stalk and arrange on a baking sheet
    Fresh Asparagus

    The white ends you see on the stalks are tough. You need to break or cut them off.

  • generously drizzle with olive oil (We used Drizzle sage flavored olive oil)
  • Sprinkle all the asparagus evenly with the Johnnys garlic seasoningand salt and pepper
  • Sprinkle the minced garlic over the asparagus.
  • Cut 1/2 of the lemon into slices. Squeeze the remaining 1/2 lemon over the asparagus. Discard the rind.
  • Arrange the lemon slices over the asparagus
  • Drizzle your favorite balsamic vinegar over the top in long lines so each stalk get a touch.
  • Roast for 10 minutes
  • Serve on a platter or straight off the baking sheet with tongs.

 

Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus fresh out of the oven. For an extra splash of flavor drizzle on your favorite balsamic vinegar. So good!


Nutrition Information:

Number of servings: 8

88 calories/serving

  • Fat             7 g
  • Carbs        6 g
  • Protein     3 g

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Roasted Asparagus
Yield: 8 people

Roasted Asparagus Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Freshly roasted Asparagus is a delicious, healthy, springtime side dish the whole family will enjoy. Roast this delectable vegetable in just a few minutes.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. fresh asparagus, washed and hard ends removed
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic-minced
  • 1/4 Cup olive or avocado oil, avocado preferred for high heat
  • 2 tsp. garlic seasoning to taste, we used Johnny's
  • 1 tsp. salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 medium Lemon, sliced
  • 1/4 Cup Balsamic vinegar, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees (use the roasting setting on your oven if you have it)
  2. Cut the hard ends off each asparagus stalk and arrange them on a baking sheet
  3. generously drizzle with olive oil or even better for high heat roasting use avocado oil.
  4. Sprinkle all the asparagus evenly with the garlic seasoning and salt and pepper Roasting Asparagus
  5. Sprinkle the minced garlic over the asparagus.
  6. Cut 1/2 of the lemon into slices. Squeeze the remaining 1/2 lemon over the asparagus. Discard the rind.
  7. Arrange the lemon slices over the asparagus Asparagus Closed Tips
  8. drizzle balsamic vinegar over the asparagus stalks and lemon slices.
  9. Roast for 10 minutes or until the stalks pierce easily with a fork. Roasted Asparagus

Notes

Roasted Asparagus is delicious with or without all the seasonings and condiments in this recipe. Mix it up and let us know how you like it best. 

I love the balsamic vinegar roasted with mine.

This recipe is all about ideas. The proportions and calorie count will change as you experiment with it. Feel free to use just a few asparagus stalks as you see in some of these pics if you are only feeding two.

Nutrition Information


Amount Per Serving Calories 88

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This recipe was first published April 5 2015

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