Thursday, April 5, 2012

Garlic Parmesan Asparagus

I would be lying if I said that I have always liked asparagus. In fact, I DESPISED it. I never gave that green stalky vegetable a chance. That is until recently.... I bought fresh asparagus about 7 months ago and fell in love. I figured I would share with you a recipe that I put together for a quick, healthy and delicious meal. 

I call it:

Garlic Parmesan Asparagus

What you need:

  • 1 lb of thin asparagus
  • 3 tbsp of minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp of parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 cup water 
  • butter spray (optional)
  • salt and pepper

What to do:

In a frying pan, add the minced garlic. Wash the asparagus thoroughly and cut off about an inch from the bottom. That part tends to be very chewy and stringy... Add the asparagus to the pan. Turn on to a medium heat and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Once the garlic starts to bubble, add the water. Sprinkle on the garlic powder and then spray about 10-15 pumps of butter spray. Add the parmesan cheese and mix until all of the asparagus is coated. Add more or less seasoning and parmesan to taste as well as the salt and pepper. Cover the pan and let simmer for another 5 minutes. The asparagus will be hot and still have a light "crunch." You can cook longer if you prefer your vegetables to not have a crunch to them.

I like to pair this with garlic tilapia or swordfish and wasabi.

I hope you will try this recipe and like it!


Love and Health to all