Chock-full of fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, iron and anti-oxidants, asparagus is an awesome veggie that you can use in many tasty recipes.
You can only find fresh asparagus in the spring. In the past, it has been used as a medicine due to its diuretic properties and special aroma. Believe it or not, the asparagus has been a favorite among people since 3000 BC, first mentioned as an Egyptian staple.
Asperge is made of 93% water and it’s very low on calories as well as sodium. It is a great source for magnesium, calcium, zinc or vitamin B6 and also for protein, beta-carotene, potassium, copper and selenium.
On the downside, asparagus can make your pee smell! However, this is said to be genetic condition, and most people are not able to smell the odor. I guess I got that gene, because I can. As far as the effects that the asparagus has in urine, it is due to ammonia that’s released when particular asparagus compounds are metabolized.
But pardon the digression!
Here is a great, tasty recipe for giving your next asparagus meal a bit of an Asian flair.
I purchased my asparagus from the local farmer’s market. It all happened during a warm, summer morning when I decided I wanted to try something a bit different and guess what: I created the perfect dish to go with any mood swing.
Best part is, if you want to make it into a brunch, all you need is to put some fried eggs on the side and you’re all set to go.
Here is what you need:
- 2 lbs of asparagus with the tough ends removed
- 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
- · 2 minced garlic cloves
- ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of coarse ground black pepper.
- Make sure you preheat the oven at around 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Trim the asparagus and spread it out on a rimmed baking sheet.
- The rest of the ingredients should be sprinkled evenly over the asparagus.
- Roast in the oven for around 20 minutes.
- You can tell when it is done because the asparagus will get a slight brown color but still maintains its crispness.
- Marinate it with soysauce once or twice while cooking.
- Add some oyster mushrooms late in the cooking for a special kick.
- Add fried eggs on top for a complete meal.