Meal Planning Monday ~ Awesome Asparagus

This week’s post is by Christine Luken.

Asparagus is pretty awesome, in case you didn’t know.  Asparagus is loaded with nutrients and vitamins, plus research indicates that eating asparagus can help control diabetes, act as a diuretic, prevent kidney stones, and reduce the risk of neural tube defects in babies because of its high folic acid content.  And, as long as you don’t drown it in butter, it’s low in calories and high in fiber, which makes it a perfect vegetable for anyone concerned about their waistline.

I buy asparagus almost every week at my produce co-op – a good-sized bundle is usually only $1.00!  Score!  This week, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite ways to eat this awesome asparagus!

Veggie Omelet with Asparagus, Tomatoes, & Mushrooms

Asparagus for breakfast?  Why not?  I sauté mushrooms, asparagus, and tomatoes in a pan, then use them to fill my omelet with the addition of some shredded cheddar cheese and parsley.  You can be creative with the other veggies you add.  Sometimes I like a little spinach and feta in mine!

 

Chicken and Asparagus Rolls

These Chicken and Asparagus Rolls with mozzarella cheese were very tasty and super easy to make.  Great for those of us keeping an eye on the carb intake!  I would recommend using chicken breast tenders or cutlets for these.  I used the chicken tenders and wrapped them around the asparagus.  Even with the smaller pieces of chicken, I had to add 10 – 15 minutes to the recipe’s cook time.

 

Asparagus Chicken with Black Bean Sauce

I was so excited to find this recipe on Food.com for my favorite Chinese take-out dish – Asparagus Chicken with Black Bean Sauce!  I haven’t tried it yet, but the recipe has great reviews so I’ll be adding to my meal plan for next week.

 

Other Ways to Enjoy Awesome Asparagus: 

  • Toss with a small amount of olive oil and several cloves of minced garlic.  Roast in the over at 425 for 10 – 15 minutes.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese the final 2 – 3 minutes of cooking.
  • Lightly season your asparagus and grill it for a few minutes as an easy side dish for
    your steak and chicken.
  • Foil Packets on the Grill.  I love mine with asparagus, mushrooms, and peppers!
  • In pasta dishes!  This Lemon Asparagus Pasta is simple to make and ready in 30 minutes.  Only have 15 minutes?  Try this recipe for Penne with Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy asparagus?