Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Oven Grilled Asparagus



Once the weather turns chilly, I find all kinds of reasons to turn on my oven. I love broiled/baked/grilled food. It is healthy and switching on my oven warms up the house! Asparagus is one of my all-time favorite vegetable. I love it cooked any which way! One of my favorites however, is the very easy oven-grilled asparagus. It is fast, convenient and tasty!

Servings: 4-5



Ingredients:


Asparagus: 1 bunch
Olive oil: 1 tbsp
Garlic:2-3 cloves, minced.
Sea salt: as per taste
Black pepper: 1/2 tsp , freshly ground. ( you could reduce the amount as per taste)
Lemon juice: 1 tbsp

Method:


Preheat the oven to 400 deg F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Keep aside.
Wash and clean the asparagus thoroughly. Pat it dry. Break off the woody stems with your hands.

Arrange the asparagus on the baking sheet in a single layer.
Drizzle olive oil on it. Sprinkle the minced garlic, salt and pepper.



Bake it in the oven for 8 minutes making sure the tips face the front of the oven.



When done, squeeze lime juice on it and serve warm.



Serve it as a side or serve it alone!


Enjoy!

I am bringing this to Super Simple Tuesdays, by Hun, what's for dinner.

Cooking made easy:


The above dish can also be made on stove top in a sauté pan. Add olive oil, heat it, add the asparagus, cook it on high flame for 2 mins, then lower the flame to the lowest, cover and cook for 8 mins. All done! Asparagus when done should be nice, firm and crisp. It should not be overcooked where it is all shrivelled up!


Tip for healthy living:


Asparagus is a superfood with tremendous health benefits. It is supposed to be especially beneficial for patients with arthritis and is purported to relieve joint pain. The only down side with eating asparagus is the smelly urine the next day! 

References:
http://www.livescience.com/45295-asparagus-health.html
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=12
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270805.php

Food for thought:



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