Asparagus with Lemon Skyr

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Add a beautiful, vibrant color to your dinner table with our asparagus and lemon skyr! There is almost nothing more refreshing than adding the color green to your plate, and this bright hue certainly increases our mood, as well as our overall health. Asparagus is teeming with nutrition, as mentioned below, but it also tastes incredible, which is why it’s great to pair with your favorite entree. Need some inspiration? Try pairing this side dish with our Savory Sweet Potatoes, Chicken Jambalaya, or Black Sesame Seed Encrusted Salmon for some added flavor and a nutrition boost.

Asparagus is an excellent source of vitamins A, B1, B6, B2, B3,B6, C, E, K, folate, copper, selenium, potassium, zinc, iron, protein, and dietary fiber, so this is one green produce that you will want to eat more of. In fact, research has shown that higher intakes of dietary fiber are linked to lower risks of cardiovascular disease, increased gut health, and lower body weight (1).

We also love using Icelandic Provisions Skyr as a thick, creamy topping for the asparagus, because it’s less tart than Greek yogurt, and more flavorful than other dairy alternatives. Icelandic Provisions use authentic Heirloom Skyr Cultures that have been treasured and preserved in Iceland for hundreds of years, which where their distinct flavor comes from. Icelandic Provisions is the only authentic Icelandic Skyr in the U.S., so go ahead and try it out for yourself! You can eat it on it’s own, or incorporate it into some recipes such as our Sparkling Apple Cider Mocktail, Pumpkin Overnight Oats,  and  Vanilla Cupcakes. This just goes to show skyr is a versatile ingredient that will work with almost anything you pair it with!

Asparagus with Lemon Skyr
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 bunches asparagus, washed and ends removed
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 - 5½ ounce container Icelandic Provisions Skyr
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, to taste
Equipment:
  • Sheet pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Serving platter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper, and grease with olive oil.
  3. Arrange asparagus on the sheet pan, and sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until soft. If asparagus are thinner, check at 10 minutes.
  5. While the asparagus is cooking, add Icelandic Provisions plain skyr, garlic, ¼ teaspoon salt, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice taste to a small mixing bowl. Combine well, and add more lemon juice if desired. Set aside.
  6. Remove the asparagus from the oven, and place it on a serving platter. Add the skyr to the serving platter (either on the side or on top of the asparagus), and serve.
Notes
*Refrigerate asparagus 3-5 days in a sealed container for best results.
*Disclosure: Triad to Wellness is a nutrition communications consultant for Icelandic Provisions. We were not compensated for this post.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ cup asparagus + 1 tablespoon skyr Calories: 70 calories, Fat: 2 grams, Saturated fat: 1 gram, Carbohydrates: 4 grams, Sugar: 3 grams, Sodium: 180 milligrams, Fiber: 0 grams, Protein: 9 grams, Cholesterol: 5 milligrams

(1) Slavin, J. Fiber and Prebiotics: Mechanisms and Health Benefits. http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/5/4/1417

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