There is something so magically sensual about Asparagus--those gorgeously green stalks that are in season right now!
Uncooked, fresh Asparagus stand tough and firm; yet, when cooked, these tender stalks become creamy and luscious satisfying the senses with their beautiful green color, succulent nutty flavor, buttery aroma, and intricate fleshy texture. A nutritious source of fiber and vegetable protein, Asparagus are also low in calories and carbohydrates (low sugar content), low in cholesterol, sodium, and fat. Loaded with Vitamins, Minerals, healthy Fatty Acids, and phytonutrients, Asparagus are considered excellent choices for reaching optimal health and wellness.
Vegetables which are high in Folic Acid are essential for women at child-bearing age because Folate reduces the risk of birth defects especially defects in fetal brain development within the first few weeks of conception. Folate is also essential for proper cardiovascular function. High levels of carotene and Vitamin C make Asparagus an effective anti-carcinogen. Asparagus (and many other vegetables) are immunogenic, anti-carcinogenic, help eliminate toxins through the liver, and help improve Prostate health. Yes, Gentlemen, these vegetables will help prevent Prostate Cancer!
Asparagus are a natural diuretic and help regulate water retention. Green foods that contain inulin also benefit our digestive system by promoting good bacteria in the intestinal tract.
Preparation: Purchase from your farmer's market or grocery store and try to use them within a few days. Store in the refrigerator with ends wrapped in damp paper towel and not exposed to light. When ready to prepare, rinse them well and snap off the fibrous ends before cooking. My dad always told me to save these for making a vegetable soup or broth.
Sauté in canola oil and Earth Balance Vegan butter with some minced garlic. Cook covered for 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover and add tamari or soy sauce and allow to brown for a few more minutes. Serve these with brown rice or asian noodles and stir fry veggies with Tofu or Seitan.
Add steamed Asparagus to pasta dishes like spaghetti or fettucine with marinara sauce. Experiment with herbs like Rosemary, Thyme, or Basil.
Make your own Pizzas using Asparagus as a topping.
Make a tempeh (tuna-style) salad using Vegenaise instead of Mayo. Add all the veggies you love, chop up some sauteéd Asparagus and mix it up with pasta or potatoes. The possibilities are endless.
Make a fresh Spring Mix and Spinach salad with cooked Asparagus on top. Add Chickpeas for extra protein, olives, red cabbage, carrots, and your favorite dressing.
Make a Spinach & Asparagus dip instead of Spinach Artichoke!
I use the recipe from the amazing Veganomicon ultimate Vegan Cookbook.
There are so many other ways to enjoy Asparagus. Get creative and have an adventure in the kitchen, it's fun and nutritious!