Do you know how happy I am that the weather is getting warmer? Halleluyer!
Time at the pool. Outside runs. Coffee on the balcony. Sleeping with the windows open. and…
Fresh veggies! I cannot wait until our local farmers markets start opening up. You can bet your last dollar that I will be spending time there just about every Saturday. I love the Salt Lake downtown market. Lots of great foods. Tons of crafts that I feel I need to buy but ultimately talk myself out of. And of course, the people watching is prime.
So I used to think I was more of a fruit-lover than a veg-head, but over the years I believe that has changed. Give me a fruit tray and a veggie tray side-by-side, and 9 times out of 10, I will be snacking on snap peas and cherry tomatoes. I have tried really hard to instill my love of fresh foods into my son, and it worked for his first two years of his life, but you know what – cookies and sweets became a bit more appealing to my little guy (I really can’t say I blame him), and his love of veggies started to diminish.
I came home the other day with the first asparagus of the year. Oh my, do I love me some asparagus! I’m pretty sure it’s among the top 5 favy veggies in this mama’s life. And among the ultra tastiness, let me give you a quick run-down of it’s health benefits.
1 – can detoxify our system
2 – has anti-aging functions
3 – is considered an aphrodisiac
4 – can protect against cancer
5 – reduces pain and inflammation
6 – can prevent osteoporosis and osteoarthritis
7 – reduces the risk of heart disease
8 – can help prevent birth defects
Um, yes please? It’s tasty and super-good for your body!
I don’t cook it often because I know not everyone loves it as much as I do. But I was determined to make it happen. I walked in with groceries and asked Xander if he liked asparagus. Of course, he groaned, “no-o-oo-o.” As I figured. And I asked my honey the same question. Her response was that it’s ok, but by her tone, I could tell she wasn’t exactly thrilled. I had a tough crowd that night. If all else fails, more asparagus for me, right?
Well, I was going to try something new. One simple ingredient was going to change the way my family looked at asparagus. Just a little sprinkling of fresh Parm! Nothing fancy. No crazy sauce to mask the taste. Just a little something to up the yum factor.
When dinner rolled around, little man was a bit hesitant to try eat his veggies, but he finally got brave enough. After his first bite, he was all smiles. He even said, “I really like the dark green leafy part!” Score! Ten points for Mama! That’s the goal, right? To get our kids to eat more dark leafy things. Well, mamas, this is the key. Parm.
1 bunch fresh asparagus
1-2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil (or olive oil)
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Start by rinsing your asparagus. Then to prepare, all you need to do is snap off the ends. Just bend the stalk, and wherever they break is just fine. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and there’s no science to it.
Then lay them flat in a single layer on a baking sheet.
Drizzle with oil. Salt and pepper lightly. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese all over.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Folks, that’s all there is to it. It is that simple. This will change whatever negative thoughts you may have about asparagus. It’s so tasty and fresh. Mmmmm I’m kinda craving it now. Yes, that’s right – craving asparagus at 5am.
Serve this along side a fresh summery dish. Or how about with your grilled burgers?
Whatever you serve it with, just serve it. Don’t delay!