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roasted lemon with asparagus

There are a few great things about being a grown up, and loving veggies is one of them. When I was a kid, I hated, (and I do mean, hated) spinach, brussels sprouts and asparagus. Short of threatening my life, you wouldn’t catch me eating any of ’em.

Much to my surprise, when I started cooking healthy meals and incorporating vegetables back into my diet, I realized what incredible flavors I had been missing. These days, if you give me the option of ice cream or roasted asparagus, 9 times out of 10, I would pick the asparagus. I love it.

As an added bonus, asparagus is full of vital nutrients, and has numerous benefits. Asparagus is a great source for fiber, Vitamin A, folate, and chromium. It may help protect against and heal certain types of cancer, including breast, colon and lung cancers. It also has anti-aging antioxidants that neutralize cell-damaging free radicals, while helping our brains fight cognitive decline.

This recipe for roasted lemon asparagus has a rich tartness from the lemon, and a salty and crunchy savory crisp from the asparagus tips being roasted.

Roasted Lemon Asparagus Recipe

Roasted Lemon Asparagus
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb of fresh asparagus
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Wash asparagus, then grab one spear. While grabbing both ends, gently bend until the asparagus snaps in two pieces. Using this as a guide, cut the remaining asparagus spears the same length, and discard woody ends.
  3. In a shallow bowl, toss asparagus, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper, until the asparagus is evenly coated.
  4. Lay asparagus into a shallow baking dish and bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes.
  5. Note: If you like extra-crunchy tips, turn the oven onto broil when cooked, and let it crisp up for a minute or two, keeping a close eye to make sure it doesn’t burn.

You can also sauté this same recipe (for about 10 minutes over medium heat) on the stove-top if you don’t want to bake it, and it comes out beautifully. For a special treat, grate some parmigiano-reggiano on top right out of the oven.

What is your favorite vegetable that you didn’t like as a child? How do you prepare your asparagus?




About Amanda

Amanda is a mother of two amazing toddlers. She is an herbalist, natural living guru, and real food, gluten free eating pro. She loves to help educate others on how to take control of their own health through natural living, real food, herbs, essential oils, and most of all - a positive mind set. Her other business Natural Herbal Living Magazine is all about helping people learn about how to use one herb a month on a deep and profound level.
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12 Responses to Roasted Asparagus With Lemon

  1. Mmmmmm. I LOVE asparagus! This makes the perfect holiday side-dish, too!

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  3. I always loved veggies as a kid, LOL. I guess I like mushrooms and tomatoes now, which I didn’t love as a kid.

  4. YUM! I am adding this to my Pinterest collection! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Asparagus and broccoli the 2 vegetables I hated most as a kid, but I absolutely love them now! And roasting them is my favorite way to eat them now. We make asparagus pretty much the same way as you, except that I lay a a few thin lemon slices on top before baking. Never tried it with parmesan, will have to remember that next time! 🙂

  6. I love asparagus with lemon! YUMMMMMY!

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  9. ball says:

    Thank you for share.I like to eat Asparagus.

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