Asparagus is the perfect mid-spring vegetable and, being in season from mid-March to late April, it’s the ideal time to fire up the grill and invite some friends over. Asparagus is wonderful when grilled, but it’s also tasty when cooked in the oven (as with this recipe), or even on the stovetop. However, no matter how you like to eat it, this beautiful green bundle is one you should include in your weekly menu. Not only are the fleshy green spears succulent and tender, but they are also full of nutritional value! In just one cup of cooked asparagus, you get a healthy dose of vitamin K, folate, copper, vitamin C, manganese, fiber, potassium, and vitamin A. Vitamin K is important for proper blood clotting, but studies have also shown that a diet high in this vitamin may help prevent osteoporosis and prolong the strength of your bones (1). So go ahead and enjoy asparagus this season–your taste buds (and bones!) will thank you for it!
Roasted Asparagus with Lemon
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 bunches asparagus
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 lemon, juiced
- Preheat oven to 425 F.
- Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper, and grease with olive oil.
- Arrange asparagus on the sheet pan, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until soft. If asparagus are thinner, check at 10 minutes to see if they are soft.
- Once out of the oven, sprinkle with lemon juice.
- Serve hot or cold.
Switch it up! Add lemon zest to asparagus; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese; or sprinkle with hemp hearts.
Refrigerate asparagus 3-5 days in a sealed container for best results.
Roasting asparagus with lemon juice will darken the color of the asparagus quicker.
Calories: 40 calories, Fat: 1.5 grams, Saturated fat: 0 grams, Sugar: 3 grams, Sodium: 150 milligrams, Fiber: 3 grams, Protein: 3 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
(1) Bone health and osteoporosis: the role of vitamin K and potential antagonism by anticoagulants. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17906277