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A Simple Asparagus Recipe: Grilled Asparagus

In a previous post I provided 8 Foods You Need In Your Nutrition Plan. One of the foods that I mentioned in that list is asparagus, so I thought it would be fun to provide an easy grilled asparagus recipe.

I believe that an important aspect of eating healthy is to keep it simple. I’m busy, you’re busy, we’re all busy, and most of the time, none of us have the time to make complicated meals.

Information about asparagus

Asparagus is the leading supplier among vegetables of folic acid. Folic acid is necessary for blood cell formation, growth, and prevention of liver disease.

Asparagus has a low calorie content (less than 4 calories per spear), wealth of nutrients, fiber, and very low sodium. Asparagus contains no fat or cholesterol, is a good source of potassium, thiamin, vitamin B6,  and is one of the richest sources of rutin, a compound which strengthens capillary walls.

a simple asparagus recipe

Grilled Asparagus Recipe

Asparagus is really easy to make and is a perfect accompaniment to any main course. With summer in full swing, you might find yourself doing plenty of grilling and outdoor cooking. Here is a grilled asparagus recipe that you can use to add this delicious and nutritious vegetable to your meal.

Cook time: 7 minutes

Ingredients

1 pound asparagus (estimate 1/4 pound per person), thick spears

1-2 Tbsp Olive oil

Method

  1. Preheat your grill for high, direct heat.
  2. Break or cut off any tough bottom ends. You can usually determine the length to remove by the color of the ends. Coat them with olive oil for flavoring and to prevent them from drying out or burning on the grill.
  3. I suggest using some type of skewer for easy turning, and to prevent them from accidentally falling through the grill.
  4. Grill the asparagus spears for 5-10 minutes, until slightly charred and just fork tender, turning them every few minutes so that they brown relatively evenly.
  5. Remove from grill and serve.

Serves 4

A side note about asparagus

You may notice that your urine smells funny after consuming asparagus. This is a result of the digestion and subsequent breakdown of beneficial amino acids that occur naturally in asparagus, and may persist for 10-15 hours after consumption.

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