Lemon Garlic Asparagus

If you know me at all, you know that I LOVE asparagus.  Freakishly.  Last night I was shoving some in my face telling Mr. Rodgers “I could seriously eat this every day of my life!”  Because of said passion…I jump at every new way to prepare it!  This method seemed so simple, I just had to try it!  And I definitely was not disappointed…with taste or appearance!!  It was just so stinking cute!  It made me happy!  Did I mention it was simple?!  Beautiful.  You ready?  Here we go!

 

You may have guessed, but this is adapted from one of my favorites!!

Meditteranean Frittata 1

Yay for this book!

 

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 Bunch Asparagus
  • 1/2 Lemon, Thinly Sliced
  • 2 Large Garlic Cloves, Minced (or 2 tsp minced garlic)
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

 

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350*
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil.  Spread the asparagus out in a single layer.  Spread the lemon slices over the asparagus.  Sprinkle with garlic, salt, and pepper.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on the size of your asparagus.  It should be tender-crisp.

 

 

And there you go!  Bingo zingo…super easy!!  Do you love it?!  I love it!!

 

Asparagus 1

See?  Lay it out nice and pretty…

Asparagus 2

Sprinkle with garlic…

Asparagus 3

Salt and pepper…and cook until tender crisp!

Asparagus 4

Yummy roasty toasty garlicky lemony goodness!

Asparagus 5

Asparagus 6

 

Roasted Asparagus with a Hint of the Mediterranean

I love asparagus. Really I do. It makes me so happy…in fact I want some right now!!! But instead of getting off the couch and going grocery shopping….I’m tired…I will just tell you how to make it so one of us can enjoy it. 😉

That being said…this is actually a very simple, easy recipe! Sometimes there is beauty in simplicity, right? But what I think is even more beautiful is when a veggie recipe shines with flavor and creativity…when it seems fancy simply because no one thinks to do that with a veggie…but it is still very simple. And easy. That is the essence of this recipe! 😉 Tasty, creative, healthy, light and refreshing, and oh so easy!!! Read on my friends!

Adapted from http://www.onceuponachef.com

 

So, here’s what you need:

  • 1 Bunch Asparagus
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil, divided
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 C Feta

 

Are you excited about these flavors yet?  I was.  Heck.  I still am.

 

Here’s how you do it!

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Wash and trim your asparagus by bending the stalk until it pops off…or you can just trim the bottom inch or so, but if you let it pop off where it breaks naturally you have more of a guarantee of being free from tough bites.
  3. Toss your asparagus with about a Tablespoon of olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  4. Dump the asparagus on a foil lined baking sheet and put in your oven to roast, until starting to get tender.  This is going to depend on how thick the asparagus spears are, but I would start with about 8 minutes.
  5. Take the asparagus out and let it cool until you can handle it.
  6. Stir together the lemon juice, lemon zest, and remaining Tablespoon of olive oil.
  7. Cut asparagus into bite sized pieces.  Place in a bowl and top with feta cheese, and drizzle with the “dressing.”  You can give it a toss if you want.  🙂
  8. Admire it’s prettyness, then eat!!

 

I hope you enjoy this fresh, healthy, wonderful vegetable side dish!  The lemon makes it so refreshing, and yet it is paired so well with the salty, tangy, WONDERFUL feta.  I love feta cheese.  😉  Sidenote…I LOVE asparagus with fish.  Fish is so light and flakey, and asparagus, while also fresh and healthy…is something satisfying to bite into.  It’s decently hearty I’d say!!  So hop on over to my last post, Simple Grilled Garlic Dijon Salmon for a fun pairing!

Try this recipe grilled or sauteed too!!

 

Asparagus Feta Salad 1

 

Sweet & Sour Sesame Kale

When I saw this on the meal plan, my thought was…”well, kale is super healthy…I have forced myself to like things before, I can do it with kale too.” So I decided to be brave and try the recipe!! Jay and I ate this, and agreed…it was so yummy, and something we would actually WANT to eat again 🙂 In fact…it made enough for left overs and it was still good warmed up the day after, and we were excited to have more!!! You should try it 🙂 It’s sooooo good for you 🙂

Kale 2

 

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
  • 1 (generous) Tbsp Honey, preferably raw
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 lb Kale

 

And, as always, here’s how you do it 🙂

  1. Rinse your kale, and trim off the stems…at least the big ones!! That’s where you get the bitter flavor 🙂
  2. Zest and juice your lemon.
  3. Melt the coconut oil in a ginormous pan. If you do not have a huge pan…halve the recipe or do it in batches. I used a 6 qt soup pot and still didn’t have enough room!!
  4. Add everything except your kale and sesame seeds. Stir it up and make sure the garlic cooks at least 30 seconds-ish. It should be getting fragrant 🙂
  5. Add the kale and cook for about 5 minutes, tossing in the sauce. It should shrink quite a bit.
  6. Top with sesame seeds and toss again, then heap it on your plate and enjoy!!! See why I call it sweet and sour? The honey is such a nice dessert-y flavor, but you still have the tang of the lemon…you might forget you’re eating kale!! So delicious and nutritious!!

Kudos to whoever submitted this to Perfectweightamerica.com…you made kale pleasant!! I salute you!!

So tell me…does anybody else have a favorite way to prepare kale?

Kale 3Yummy!! A nice, sturdy veggie side for something light like fish!!

Kale 1Yeah buddy!!!