June is national fresh fruits and vegetables month! What better time to embrace produce of the season than the beginning of summer?
However, asparagus season is coming to an end, so get to the market and grab a bunch of these crisp, sweet spears before they are no more for the year!
By: Elizabeth Toy
Low in calories and high in health benefits, asparagus is loaded with so many antioxidants and is a great source of vitamins K, B1, B2, C, and E. It also works as an anti-inflammatory and nourishes your digestive tract, especially because it’s a solid source of fiber.
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And if that’s not enough reason for you, we can’t forget about the copper, selenium, and glutathione, a compound of 3 amino acids that helps fight cancer and slows the aging process.
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Preggers? Asparagus is a great source of folate, which helps prevent birth defects.
Trying to get preggers? Asparagus can help with that, too, since it’s known to promote fertility!
Now all you need to do is figure out how to serve them. We’ve got just the recipe for you. Try Shauna Sincerely’s Sweet Chili Asparagus – refreshing and perfect for the season with an Asian twist.
Sweet Chili Asparagus
- Half Bundle of Asparagus (Rinsed)
- 1 Tsp. Maple Syrup
- 1 Pinch of Black Pepper
- 1 Tsp. Rice Vinegar
- 1 Tsp Soya Sauce (or Coconut Amino)
- 1 Tsp. Dried Chili Flakes
- 1 Small Clove of Garlic (Minced)
- 1 Tsp. Olive Oil
- In a little sauce bowl, make your marinade by adding in your olive oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, maple syrup, black pepper, chili flakes and minced garlic. Give it a good whisk with a fork to combine all ingredients.
- Now, place your asparagus in a bowl or on a plate and drizzle over your marinade. Make sure to toss your asparagus around a little to coat everything well. Let this sit for about 5 minutes to soak up the yummy flavors.
- It’s time to cook your asparagus. You can do this a few ways:
a. Grill your asparagus for about 5 minutes until they are at the texture you love.
b. Roast them in the oven for 5-7 minutes on a high broil (until they develop some color).
c. Sear them in a nonstick pan to brown them for about 3-5 minutes. Keep in mind that the marinade can make for a smoky scene in your kitchen when searing them in a non-stick pan, so make sure to sear them at a medium heat with the stove fan ON and the windows open.
- Serve with a slice of lemon and sprinkle with some sesame seeds if desired. ENJOY!
Photo source: ShaunaSincerely