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I have to admit, for 30+ years I hated asparagus. The texture, the taste and most importantly the smell. I avoided asparagus like the plague, until now.

Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus

So what is the upside of eating asparagus?

1. Asparagus is loaded with fiber, vitamin C, B6, E, vitamin K, and many more. Vitamin K is for bone health and folate, which aids in cell development and may help prevent anemia. All around it is a great vegetable to eat.

2. It’s super versatile. You can blanch it for vegetable platters, stir fry it, roast it or grill it.

What is the downside?

1. TMI – Your pee smells. When asparagus is digested, the amino acids break down in our bodies to release that famous “asparagus” smell in urine. Surprisingly not everyone is affected by this, but not to worry, this is totally normal, and luckily, not permanent.

Roasted Asparagus

The whole recipe takes no more than 4 minutes to put together and 10 minutes to cook. It is simple and delicious and I am now converted.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 – 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced finely
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • pinch each salt and pepper

On a rimmed baking sheet covered with parchment paper, toss together asparagus, olive oil, garlic, Parmesan, salt and pepper. Roast in a preheated 425ºF oven, until tender-crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and eat. Leftovers can be used in salads, pastas or as part of a antipasto platter.

Try it today, it is delicious. I am converted.


 

I am a girl who loves food. I grew up with a Mom who was an excellent cook. She wrote a cookbook when I was a child, and as they say, the rest is history. Started a catering business in 2005 and haven’t looked back. I am a mom to 2 beautiful girls and I want them to love food as much as I do. In the meantime, I love life and love my job @ http://www.monicaskitchen.com