Easter Table Must Have Asparagus

By on April 12, 2011

By Holly Clegg –

The true sign of spring in the “food world” is the abundance of the many fresh vegetables. Asparagus are one of the quintessential spring vegetables. They appear earlier but they peak in May so this favorite American vegetable (Broccoli came in #2) is showcased this time of year. This cherished culinary pleasure is so flavorful that you will find it in all kinds of dishes. When purchasing asparagus, examine the tips for signs of freshness as that is the portion most likely to break or spoil. Look for tightly closed tip and not too dry. The young asparagus have purple tips and green stems and grow thicker as they ripen. If served cold, you can cook in advance but be sure to shock them in ice cold water to stop cooking and keep flavor and color.

I like to roast my asparagus in the oven and then whip up this simple marinade-taste of spring! And, pick up my pink book, Too Hot in the Kitchen for your Easter basket!

Marinated Asparagus from Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets To Sizzle At Any Age
A splash of roasted garlic seasoned rice vinegar, dill, and orange give simple asparagus some spunk! Good served warm or chilled.

Makes 4 servings

2 tablespoons NAKANO roasted garlic seasoned rice vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon fresh dill or 2 teaspoons dried dill
1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
Salt and pepper to taste
1 pound asparagus, cooked and cooled

1. In small bowl, whisk together all ingredients except asparagus. In shallow dish or resealable plastic bag, lay asparagus and cover with marinade.
2. Refrigerate in marinade to serve cold or serve with marinade for vegetable side.

Spicy Advice: Try different flavored seasoned rice vinegars to splash on flavor without the fat-roasted red pepper adds a touch of heat-which I like too.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 89, Calories from fat 64%, Fat 7 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 151 mg, Carbohydrate 6 g, Dietary Fiber 2 g, Sugars 4 g, Protein 3 g
Dietary Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 1/2 fat

Holly Clegg, author of the best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® cookbook series including specialized books, trim&TERRIFIC® Diabetic Cooking with the ADA and Eating Well Through Cancer, has sold 1 million copies. Holly has appeared on national shows including Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC and The 700 Club. For more information, visit http://www.hollyclegg.com/ or http://thehealthycookingblog.com/.

About Holly Clegg

With over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg, known as the “Queen of Quick” has become a healthy culinary expert on practical easy, healthy recipes through her best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® cookbook series, including the more health focused cookbooks, Diabetic Cooking with the ADA, Eating Well Through Cancer and Eating Well to Fight Arthritis. Clegg has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, The 700 Club, QVC, USA Today, Web MD, The Huffington Post. She has partnered with Wal-Mart and is currently working with Albertsons, Inc., Baylor Hospital in Dallas, OmniChannel Health Media and has a partnership with Our Lady of Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge. Her phone app, Mobile Rush Hour Recipes has over 50,000 subscribers. Visit www.hollyclegg.com or http://thehealthycookingblog.com

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Easter Table Must Have Asparagus