Asparagus Season! Check out 5 uncommon Ways to Prep it
first sighting of asparagus in my CSA!
I have been anxiously awaiting the return of spring (aka, asparagus season). Last spring I would buy two or three bunches at a time, especially when it first appeared at the market. You also know it’s good for you right? But did you know about these newly discovered health benefits?
Here’s a few simple and delicious ways to prepare asparagus:
common ways to prep
- marinated in balsamic vinegar, oil, steak spice and grilled
- blanched, topped with lemon and fresh parsley
- roasted with garlic
- stir fried with rice noodles
and some uncommon ways
- marinated and used in homemade maki with shitake mushrooms and other fresh veggies and
- as a pesto ingredient with basil or parsley, garlic, lemon and cashews or pine nuts
- steamed and pureed with avocados for a yummy twist on guacamole
- as a pizza topping then roasted and topped with fresh basil
- topped with bread crumbs then roasted for a crunchy topping
I received a bunch in my produce delivery this week and didn’t know which way to cook it first!
Solution: NOODLES! Kids love noodles. I love noodles. Quick prep, win-win!
Simple asparagus and pumpkin seed pesto pasta
Makes 4-6 servings
- 1 lb. pasta (gluten-free brown rice or quinoa, or whole wheat)
- 1 cup homemade or prepared pesto, I used pumpkin seed and garlic scape pesto (recipe below)
- 1-2 bunches asparagus, chopped into 1” pieces, woody stems removed
- 1 large tomato, diced
- sea salt to taste
- handful of fresh herbs: basil, mint, parsley
pumpkin seed and garlic scape pesto
- 1/2 bunch raw garlic scapes, chopped (or 3-4 cloves of garlic, peeled)
- juice of 1 or 2 fresh lemons
- about 1 cup shelled pumpkin seeds
- about 1/3 cup nutritional yeast (optional for cheesy flavor)
- about ½ cup packed fresh basil
- handful raw spinach (optional for extra green color)
- pinch sea salt to taste
- drizzle of extra virgin olive oil (optional)
- water if needed
- Put all ingredients into food processor except water and process until desired consistency is reached, scraping the sides and adding small amounts of water and/or olive oil at a time as needed. Season to taste
Asparagus Pasta Directions
- Cook pasta according to package directions
- While pasta is cooking, cook asparagus – steam, grill on the BBQ, or sauté in a small amount of water, or you can use coconut or grapeseed oil (these both have a high smoke point)
- When the pasta has been drained, return it to the cooking pot and stir in pesto. Add a small amount of water, rice milk or vegetable stock to thin it out if necessary.
- Stir in cooked asparagus
- Add sea salt to taste and top each serving with freshly chopped herbs
What is your all-time favorite way to prepare asparagus? Leave a note in the comments below this post or comment on Facebook.
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