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Mar 29, 2019 | Recipes

Asparagus is a sure sign of spring.  And I’ve been seeing asparagus popping up at the grocery store in the last week so I’m becoming hopeful that we’re turning a corner here!  If you happened to scoop up one or two of these pretty green bundles then be sure to check out the recipes below for some spring cooking inspo.  But before we get to that, educate yourself on a few of the good-for-you benefits of this slender spring green.

Fiber

Asparagus is high in soluble and insoluble fiber which means it’s digested slower and therefore will keep you feeling full for longer.  Great news if you’re on a path for weight loss – eat up!

Folate

Like spinach, this veggie packs a punch when it comes to folate, a vitamin that is essential in protecting against neural tube defects. So if you have a little bun in the oven, this wouldn’t be a bad thing to rotate into your diet on the regular.

Asparagine

Asparagus contains high levels of this amino acid which makes it a natural diuretic.  And this is good news for any women out there that has experienced urinary tract infections.  A diet rich in foods that are rich in asparagine may help to prevent UTIs since going to the bathroom more frequently can help to flush bad bacteria out of the urinary tract.

 

So now that we know all the good things that asparagus can provide us with, let’s get cooking, shall we?  I think the most obvious thing to do with asparagus is roast it as a side.  But these recipes below give you some other, more creative options that are sure to satisfy.  Enjoy!

 

Broiled Salmon & Asparagus Caesar Salad

 

 

Spicy Pork & Asparagus Sitr Fry

 

One Pan Honey Turmeric Chicken with Asparagus

 

Creamy Lemon Chicken with Asparagus & Mushrooms

 

Cashew Chicken with Asparagus & Shiitake

 

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