If you’re like me and review local grocery store ads before heading out for your weekly shopping, you may have noticed that asparagus is on sale. This is because spring is the season for this nutrient-packed vegetable. One cup of asparagus has a mere 20 calories, but is loaded with nutrients, including 60% of your recommended folacin, 38% vitamin K and 20% of vitamin C. It is also a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A, and thiamine, as well as being packed with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
If you have never worked with asparagus, here are a few tips for easy preparation. After washing the individual stalks, you will need to remove the ‘woody’ ends as they are not very edible. To do this, simply hold the asparagus near the end with two hands and bend it until it snaps. It will break right at the location where the woody portion ends, leaving you with nothing but the tender stalk and tip.
There are several very easy methods of cooking this tender and delicious vegetable:
The key with any of these cooking methods is to make sure you do not overcook the asparagus as it should be a bright green and still a little crunchy.
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