It’s that wonderful time of year when asparagus is abundant and inexpensive. I love asparagus and often serve it on the side steamed, roasted, or air-fried. I also love to add it into dishes like salads, pastas, or stir-fries. I’ll share a few of my favorites below, but let’s talk about why from a nutrition standpoint asparagus is so awesome!
First is it’s nutrient dense. Meaning in just 20 calories a cup it packs a ton of nutrition. Including protein, fiber, and many vitamins like folate which is important for cell growth and DNA, and vitamin K which is important for blood and bone health. It also has minerals like potassium, which is used in many bodily processes including maintaining a healthy blood pressure and often low in the diet.
Like other veggies, asparagus also contains antioxidants. In particular, quercetin, isorhamnetin and kaempferol which some studies have found to be beneficial for blood pressure-lowering, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anticancer effects.
Easy to Cook
Asparagus is also easy, quick to cook, delicious, and a fun shape that is easy to hold, which might help convince your kids to try it. So while it’s on sale, go get some asparagus and enjoy the health benefits of adding it to your diet! Below are a few of my favorite ways to cook and enjoy asparagus!
Warm Spring Salad
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/8 red onion, sliced
- 1/2 cup chopped asparagus
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/2 cup peas
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 cup arugula
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese
- In a large skillet, saute the onions and asparagus.
- Sprinkle with garlic salt.
- Add the peas, quinoa, and continue to saute until warm.
- Turn off the heat, add the arugula and mix until slightly wilted.
- Top with balsamic vinegar and parmesan cheese and enjoy warm!
Air-fried Bacon-wrapped Asparagus
- 12 asparagus spears
- 4 slices bacon
- garlic salt
- olive oil spray
- Wrap 4 slices of asparagus with a slice of bacon. Place in the air-fryer basket so the seam of the bacon is down
- Repeat with remaining asparagus and bacon
- Spray with olive oil and sprinkle of garlic salt
- Cook at 400 for 8-12 minutes, checking half way. Depending on the thickness of your asparagus and how cooked you like your bacon cooking times may vary.