Mid-Day Snack: Asparagus

Asparagus is a powerful vegetable: it protects against cancer, detoxifies the body, and contains a variety of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin K, potassium and iron. I enjoy eating asparagus alone or as a side dish with a meal. My boyfriend’s mom is a phenomenal cook and showed me how to make them quick and simple.

When I buy asparagus at the grocery store or farmer’s market, I make sure to pick out several that are firm, mostly green and not dry or wilted. When I am ready to cook them, I take out a pan, preheat the oven, and cut the very-ends off of the stalks after I have rinsed them. Then, I lightly spread olive oil across the asparagus and add a pinch of salt and pepper on top. Depending on how you prefer your asparagus and how strong your oven is, I usually let them cook for no more than 15 minutes. After they are done, I take them out, sprinkle some parmesan on top and then voilà – delicious, healthy asparagus.