Asparagus is one of the most labor intensive vegetables to cultivate, unfortunately that makes it one of the least affordable vegetables. The price of a small bundle of fresh asparagus typically ranges from $3-$5. When buying fresh asparagus, keep in mind that it is in peak season during the late spring and early summer and will likely be more affordable during this time. Asparagus should be stored in the refrigerator. The shelf life of fresh asparagus can be extended a few days by chopping away an inch of the stem and placing the ends of the asparagus spears in water. For step-by-step instructions for making a simple, delicious, and healthy asparagus recipe, click here: Oven Roasted Asparagus!
- 2 lbs fresh asparagus, washed and trimmed (cut off tough ends)
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 ½ Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ½ tsp. ground black pepper
- Juice of one lemon
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Place the asparagus into a mixing bowl, and drizzle with olive oil. Toss to coat, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, salt, and garlic (KITCHEN HACK: to peel and mince garlic quickly, see this link for a video demonstration: How to Peel and Chop Garlic | Kitchen Daily). Arrange the asparagus onto a baking sheet in a single layer, and sprinkle with ground pepper. Bake in the preheated oven until just tender, 12 to 15 minutes depending on thickness. Sprinkle with lemon juice just before serving
Nutritional Information per 1 cup serving:
Per Serving: 123 calories; protein 3.3g; carbohydrates 5.2g; fat 10.8g; cholesterol 1.7mg; sodium 471.4mg.