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Asparagus, Roasted

Posted by terrepruitt on March 14, 2009

I love to eat roasted asparagus.  I like it when it is really cooked, not burned, but crispy.  It is probably past the point of supreme nutrition, but that is my favorite way to eat it.  I do like it at its most nutritious, too, boiled until it is tender not soggy.  I haven’t always liked asparagus.  I believe the way vegetables are cooked now is different than from when I was growing up.  Plus, I believe that it is much easier to obtain a fresh vegetable now than when I was growing up.

Apparently the season is from March through August, but we eat it all year round.  To me it tastes better during the “Asparagus season”.

One of the reasons I love to eat it roasted is because it is so easy to cook.  I rinse it off, then chop off the ends—I don’t do that bend and break thing because holding the entire bunch in one hand and chopping with the other is much faster to me — then I line them up in a pan (I have a jelly roll pan).  I sprinkle olive oil on them.  I usually use garlic infused olive oil, but sometimes I go for the lemon olive oil.  Then I salt them and use whatever spices I feel like, then in they go.  I usually cook them at 400 degrees.  I let them bake for 15 minutes, then I flip them.  And let them go 15 minutes more, but you can take them out at anytime and they are delicious.  Sometimes I cook ‘em less, sometimes I cook ‘em more.  Depends on my mood and when the rest of the meal is ready.

Nutritional Value per 100 g  (3.5 oz) as per USDA Nutrient database

Calories. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
Carbohydrates . . . . . . . . . .3.88 g
Sugars . . . . . . . . . .1.88 g
Dietary fiber . . . . .2.1 g
Fat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.12 g
Protein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2.20 g

In addition Asparagus contains Thiamine (Vit. B1), Riboflavin (Vit. B2), Niacin (Vit. B3), Pantothenic Acid (Vit. B5), Vitamin B6, Folate (Vit. B9), Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, and Manganese.

Seems to me like they are way worth the time and effort it takes to cook them.

What is your favorite way to cook asparagus?

8 Responses to “Asparagus, Roasted”

  1. michele said

    mmmmm, definately roasted. And I had no idea that it was asparagus season!

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  2. judy said

    I love asparagus! Including the part where I bend them until they break… I think I am dealing with some sort of latent culinary aggression thing. I will use your directions to roast them next time!

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  3. CeCe said

    Hi
    You know I LOVE to cook and roasting veggies is one of my favorite things to do. However, my dear, they still have to be healthy. I steam my asparagus usually because it takes too long to roast. I’m allergic to garlic so I don’t add that to the butter, but you could also take some bread crumbs,add them to the butter for a nice topping.

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    • Oh, butter and bread crumbs sound wonderful. Since I eat asparagus almost every night I wouldn’t want to add butter and bread crumbs all the time. Maybe just once every couple of months as a treat. I try to keep my veggies butter free. I love butter but try to limit my intake of it. Everyone has their own nutritional requirements and when planning their meals they need to remember that.

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  4. fatfreemayobites said

    Ohh that sounds so yummy. I’m going to try it.:o)

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    • Hey, thanks. It is yummy. You can cook them to your desired doneness. Yesterday I cooked some with Olive Oil with dill in it. Very interesting.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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