Balsamic Asparagus

March 31, 2019

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Asparagus is one of those vegetables that in my mind will always be associated with springtime or special family dinners.  Each spear can be tender or crunchy depending on how it’s prepared and there are so many ways to serve it that I had to share some of them here.

A lot of flavor for few calories!

Before you get to the recipes below, let me share some of the nutrition facts about this lovely green spears.  One medium sized spear is about 5 to 7 inches long after trimming the bottom off and has only 3 calories.  So if you indulged in 10 steamed spears (that’s a pile of asparagus!)  you’d be eating only 30 calories and 6 grams of carbohydrates.

Just be careful with any sauces or how much oil you use as your low-calorie veggie can quickly become very high calorie if you cover in a rich sauce.

Ways to use asparagus

Asparagus can be used in so many ways regardless of which method you use to cook it:

Eat it by itself and savor its flavor

After cooking it, dress it up with a light homemade salad dressing and serve it either warm or cold another day

Sautee it in a stir fry

Use leftovers in an omelet or with scrambled eggs

Add it to salads, sandwiches or wraps

Recipes

One of my new favorite ways to cook asparagus is below:

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Balsamic Asparagus

Here's a quick and easy way to enhance the flavor of asparagus with a few simple ingredients. It works as a warm side dish or chilled.
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Course: Appetizer, side, Side Dish
Cuisine: Farm to table, Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword: asparagus, balsamic vinegar
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 53kcal
Author: Lisa Garcia, MS, RDN, LD, CLT

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 20 spears of asparagus, cut into 2" pieces with tips set aside
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  • Place oil and garlic in cold frying pan. Turn heat to medium until garlic just starts to sizzle.
  • Add all the asparagus except for tips. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently until it just starts to soften.
  • Add asparagus tips. Cook 2 minutes.
  • Pour vinegar over asparagus and toss. Remove from heat.
  • Serve warm or chill for a cold dish

Nutrition

Serving: 5spears | Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Sodium: 2mg | Fiber: 2g

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