We’re pleased to share a cross-post from customer, blogger, and health coach Rachel Druckenmiller’s blog, Rachel’s Nourishing Kitchen. As a wellness consultant and certified health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Rachel uses Hometown Harvest bag ingredients to craft tasty, interesting recipes that are healing and nutritious. Enjoy!
Local asparagus is in season and popping up in our Hometown Harvest bags, so I couldn’t wait to make one of my favorite, super simple springtime recipes starring this beauty detox vegetable. Check out all the cool things asparagus helps your body do!
- Create the proper electrolyte balance (and reduce puffiness) because of its potassium content
- Cleanse the digestive system and get rid of toxins because of its high fiber content
- Better absorb calcium
- Prevent urinary tract infections and kidney stones
To prep asparagus spears, you’ll first need to snap off the “tough” bottom part. Hold the spear with both hands and bend until the bottom snaps off. It will naturally break off where the tender portion ends and the tough, woody part begins. Use one spear as a guide for where to cut the rest of the bunch.
One of the tastiest ways to prepare asparagus is to roast it, but I also enjoy it in salads and soups. If you prefer, you could grill this recipe, too!
Super Simple Springtime Asparagus
- 1 bunch of asparagus
- 1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- zest of 1 lemon (get it organic from Hometown Harvest)
- fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- sea salt and pepper, to taste
- Optional: toasted almond slices
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Toss asparagus in the oil and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Place stalks on a foil-lined baking sheet, so they’re not touching, and roast for 8-10 minutes. Well-cooked spears are tender when pierced with a fork but still bright green in color. Be careful not to overcook. We don’t want limp and dull green asparagus.
- Remove the asparagus from the oven and dust with the lemon zest. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
- Squeeze a little lemon juice on top for extra flavor, and top with toasted almond slices for some crunch!
Is it your first time trying asparagus? You might notice that your pee smells funny when you go to the bathroom after eating asparagus, but that’s totally normal!