Appetizers, Sides

spicy roasted asparagus

April 5, 2010

Gus who?  A.S.P.A.R.A.G.U.S is his name.  A very nutrient vegetable that is packed full of goodness.  Commonly known for it’s high properties of folic acid, there are also many other PROS to consider when choosing this vegetable as a healthy dish. This is one of my favourite sides to make, that can accompany a variety of mains.  First of all, it is super easy to prepare and cook and secondly, it is absolutely delicious. Oh by the way, it doesn’t take long either, so keep a watchful eye on it while in the oven!  Nobody likes shriveled up veggies (or do they ?), so I tend to cook it a little al dente and then after a few minutes when plated, it is perfect.

When selecting asparagus at the market, I tend to be a little finicky.  It comes down to personal preference, but I hunt for the asparagus that are more narrow in their shape, as I find they are more tasty on the palette; less “bitter” I guess you could say.

Asparagus is:

  • Low in calories, less than 4 calories per spear
  • Contains no fat or cholesterol
  • Very low in sodium
  • A good source of potassium
  • A source of fiber
  • An excellent source of folacin
  • A significant source of thiamine
  • A significant source of vitamin B6
spicy roasted asparagus
Recipe Type: side, appetizer
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Yield: 4 +
  • 1-2 bundles asparagus (depending on serving size)
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil (preferred)
  • 2 cloves garlic- crushed
  • 1-2 tbsp chili flakes
  • ½ lemon- squeezed
  • fresh ground pepper and sea salt to taste (optional)
  1. wash asparagus and "snap off" approx. 1-2 inches off ends- discard
  2. lay flat and spread on baking pan
  3. drizzle with olive or coconut oil
  4. add crushed fresh garlic
  5. sprinkle with chili flakes, ground pepper and sea salt
  6. cook in preheated oven at 400 F/200 C for 10-15 minutes, while turning
  7. cover with squeezed lemon juice and serve
  8. enjoy!

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