What a busy week! Between work, exercising, errands, cooking, writing, socializing, cleaning, commuting, reading and sleeping, I’m spent by Friday. I’m tired just writing this!
If your weeks are anything like mine and even if they’re not (who am I kidding?) you’ll be excited for this recipe. It’s easy and ready within 20 minutes – a fantastic side to any sort of meat dish, too!
Asparagus is great, especially when you buy it fresh. According to this website, here are 8 benefits:
- can detoxify our system
- has anti-aging functions
- is considered an aphrodisiac
- can protect against cancer
- reduces pain and inflammation
- can prevent osteoporosis and osteoarthritis
- reduces the risk of heart disease
- can help prevent birth defects
Not too shabby, eh? Since it’s an aphrodisiac, why not load up on this super food with someone special and reap the benefits together. I have to say, asparagus combined with garlic will be the newest power couple in the veggie world. Not only will this make one excellent dish but it’s good for your health, too!
- Asparagus (cut ends off and then cut in half)
- 2 tbsp of butter (organic, unsalted) – melted
- 1 clove garlic – chopped
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp thyme
- Chili powder to taste
- Sea salt to taste
- Black pepper to taste
Pre-heat your oven to 350F. Wash and cut the asparagus (make sure you cut those ends off and discard).
Place in a medium-sized baking dish.
In small bowl, mix the lemon juice, melted butter, spices and garlic (use a whisk if you have one or a fork if you don’t).
Drizzle over the asparagus and cover the dish with tinfoil (shiny side down).
Bake for 15 minutes.
At the half way mark, turn the asparagus using tongs.
Serve as a side dish!
Prep: 5 minutes
Stay tuned for my next post where I talk about ginger!